INHP awards $15,000 grant to CICOA to support Safe at Home

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has received a $15,000 community grant from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP). The grant supports CICOA’s Safe at Home program, which provides home accessibility modifications that promote independence, and prevent falls for older adults and people with disabilities. The grant from INHP will help senior homeowners in Marion County successfully age in place.

“This investment from INHP will ensure that services provided by CICOA’s Safe at Home program will reach as many elderly, low-income men and women as possible, and help them age in place safely,” said CICOA President and CEO Orion Bell.

With funding from INHP, CICOA will be able to complete home modifications such as installing stairwell handrails, bathroom grab bars and handicap accessible toilets, wheelchair ramps, leveling uneven floors, repairing faulty steps, and improving exterior and interior lighting.

“I am so pleased and appreciative of INHP’s generous donation,” said Dan Amonett, director of Safe at Home and a certified aging-in-place specialist. “Falls are one of the greatest risks to older adults, and making small home modifications can reduce the risk of falling. These improvements will definitely make homes safer and allow folks to remain in their homes longer, if they choose,” he added.

The modifications completed through Safe at Home eliminate common hazards and enable seniors to live in their homes longer, avoiding possible institutionalization. CICOA is the only organization in Central Indiana targeting home accessibility modification services for the low-income senior community.