Bob Vila’s home improvement blog, On The Level, has a great post featuring a volunteer program in Baltimore that pairs volunteer handymen with elders in their community who need minor home repairs. The organization is called Partners in Care. You can watch their promo video here (Hey Robbie, shoot us an email if you want help posting your video on YouTube so other sites can embed it).
Volunteer Handymen and Women Help Keep Elderly In Their Homes
Under ideal circumstances, many elderly citizens would opt to remain in their own homes as they aged. But keeping up a house and making it progressively more accessible can be a daunting undertaking, particularly for those who aren’t that handy and don’t have the money to hire a professional contractor.
Partners in Care, a community service program based in Baltimore, Maryland, has been bringing together volunteers from the community to enable older adults to “remain independent in the situation of their choice.” PIC’s “Repairs With Care Handyman Program” gives local handymen and women the opportunity to put their handy skills to work on the homes of older adults–everything from small repairs like leak fixing and screen patching to bigger projects for accessibility are tackled by these handy volunteers who, according to Repairs With Care Coordinator Robbie Duncan, have logged more than 1300 volunteer hours.
It’s an amazing service that these volunteers provide to the independent-minded older adults in their community. Hopefully this kind of program spreads throughout communities across the country.
If you take a moment to watch Partner’s in Care’s video you’ll see this is a good example of a strengths-based approach to elder care. They find volunteers with special skills and connect them to elders who not only benefit from the home-repairs or upgrades, but from the visit itself.
Please share your examples of strengths-based approaches to culture change happening in your communities.