Safe at Home

 

A person’s ability to remain in their home is often determined by health and home accessibility. RTKC has developed a special program, Safe at Home, which provides safety modifications for homeowners who want to improve accessibility, reduce falls, and increase independence in the home; allowing them to live more safely in their own home, avoid falls, remain in the community and eliminate major medical expenditures.

RTKC’s staff and volunteers work together to attain the Safe at Home goal of helping seniors and persons with disabilities age in place with comfort and dignity. Our Certified Aging in Place Specialists are leaders within the Safe at Home program. Through our Safe at Home services, and their successful results, we have forged strong partnerships with North Kansas City Hospital, Liberty Hospital, and Excelsior Springs Hospital. 

RTKC also receives tremendous support from partnering service agencies including Senior Falls Prevention Coalition of Clay & Platte Counties, Clay County Senior Services, Platte County Senior Fund, Clay County Public Health Center, Northland Shepherds Center, Good Samaritan Center in Excelsior Springs, Love INC, Northland Neighborhoods Inc., Gladstone Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Liberty Housing Authority, and Senior Link.

Safe at Home projects are completed throughout the year with a fee for service based on a client’s individual financial ability utilizing a standardized sliding co-pay scale.

Types of safety modifications include:

Tub transfer benches ● Handrails ● Grab bars ● Comfort height toilets ● Toilet riser seats ● Clamp-on tub rails ● Offset door hinges ● Hand-held showers ● Vertical rails (aka Super Poles) ● Improved lighting ● Adjustable threshold ramps ● Low-rise steps ● Tub cut-outs ● Repair/Replace flooring ● Stair/deck/railing repairs ● Smoke & CO detectors ● Bump Dots and illuminated wall switches (ideal for those with a visual impairment) ● Custom Wheelchair Ramps (steel and wood)

For more information, view our Safety Modification booklet.

Modifications such as these provide dignity and hope by helping residents remain independently in their homes for as long as possible, ensuring safety and promoting aging-in-place!

Apply for aid here or call our office at (816) 781-8985

In 2017, we surveyed Safe at Home clients served in 2016 to evaluate how effective the Safe at Home modifications were in helping them to safely age-in-place. The results were incredible, revealing a clear picture of the impact the safety modifications are making in preventing falls.

  • 85% agreed that the modifications reduced their risk of falling
  • 89% agreed that the modifications made them feel safer living in their home
  • 89% felt the modifications increased their ability to stay at home
  • 89% reported an increase in confidence after modifications were made
  • 96% decrease in falls! Homeowners reported 94 falls BEFORE the modifications, and only 4 AFTER the modifications.

I have had several home health patients’ benefit from the services of Rebuilding Together Kansas City. Ranging from hand rail installation, to construction of ramps to entire bathroom remodeling – the services provided by Rebuilding Together Kansas City have made it possible for our patients to remain in their own home and feel safer in doing so. They do amazing work for our community!”   

~ Karl Schafer, Physical Therapist North Kansas City Hospital Home Health Department

As partners in the Aging in Place project, the Rebuilding Together Team has been very patient focused and wonderful to work with. I think a true representation of their dedication and the impact they make on the lives of others is best said from patients in the program. One patient wrote, “The safety railings made it possible to get out of the house and out to our patio for fresh air.” Another patient shared, “the handrail on my garage steps is especially appreciated.” Along with these comments, I often heard in meetings with the team how much the patients in the program enjoyed the visit from the “handyman” and he was very accommodating to them. Rebuilding Together is certainly dedicated to the residents in the Northland and a great resource for our community. “   

~ Darla Easley, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Director Case Management, North Kansas City Hospital