The Issue: Increasing Number of Senior Fatalities from Falls
In 2003, more than 13,700 older adults died from falls, making them the leading cause of injury deaths among people aged 65 and older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of fatal falls increased by more than 55% between 1993 and 2003, and in 2003, nearly 1.8 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for injuries from falls. Having access to mobility equipment can help prevent falls for seniors who have trouble getting around and can give them greater independence in their everyday lives.
The Campaign: Purchasing a Portable Ramp
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Project Mend-A-House can fund a portable ramp for one person with a disability. Each additional $500 raised will purchase another ramp. Portable ramps provide people with disabilities, including seniors, with increased mobility in homes with stairs and uneven surfaces and a safeguard against accidents and injuries. With this mobility equipment, individuals with disabilities and seniors in particular can maintain their sense of independence and live in their current homes longer, rather than moving into a nursing home or a family member's home.
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Project Mend-A-House works with people with disabilities and seniors to help them maintain mobility and independence in their homes through necessary maintenance and repair services. After individuals request repairs, volunteers come by their homes to assess the size of the job. A volunteer plumber or carpenter then conducts the maintenance, which can include building a wheelchair-accessible ramp, installing a grab bar in the shower, repairing a leaky faucet, or reconstructing drywall. Project Mend-A-House also maintains a Loan Closet of items that clients can borrow, such as air-conditioning units, crutches, and portable ramps, to help them run errands or get around their houses more easily.