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Abiilty360’s 128 home modifications in 2022 valued at $1.1M

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The Ability360 home modification program for individuals in Pinal and Gila counties and sections of rural Maricopa County includes installation of ramps, widening door openings, installing grab bars, modifying sinks and toilets, relocating electrical switches and other home modifications. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

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Ability360 completed 128 home modification projects in 2022, valued at $1.1 million, the highest total in the last six years, and is taking applications for similar work for 2023.

The Ability360 home modification program for individuals in Pinal and Gila counties and sections of rural Maricopa County includes installation of ramps, widening door openings, installing grab bars, modifying sinks and toilets, relocating electrical switches and other home modifications, according to Ability360 officials.

These house modifications combat issues related to falling and increase accessibility for those who may have various mobility issues, officials say.

The program also is available in Cave Creek, Wickenburg, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Tonopah and Wittman.

“Projections indicate that one in four older adults will fall this year,” said Darrel Christenson, vice president of community integration at Ability360, in a prepared statement. “One of our goals with the fall-prevention component is to reduce the number of falls by increasing safety. The big-picture goal of the program is to ensure that homes are fully accessible.”

Mr. Christenson cited one project in which a resident had to shower with a garden hose in his backyard because his shower was not fully accessible. Once the project was complete, “he was able to bathe in dignity.”

To apply for home modification or fall prevention, go HERE.

Another resident whose progressive disability required him to use a power wheelchair was unable to get down the five steps from his house and was unable to leave his home. Following installation of a ramp, “he was no longer trapped in house,” Mr. Christenson said.

The rural grant program is primarily for fall prevention for eligible individuals aged 62 and over with low-to-moderate income.

To qualify, an individual or family member must have a permanent physical disability, be a homeowner and be income eligible. Funding can cover up to $5,000 of the cost and, in some cases, the work may be fully covered at no cost to the household.

Limited funds also are available for individuals in Tempe with a disability and for older adults with low-to-moderate income. To apply for a home modification under this program, contact David Codd at davidc@ability360.org or call Ability360 at 602-296-0536.

Statistics from 2020 show that falls resulted in $1.8 billion in hospital costs, 1,112 deaths and more than 133,000 emergency department visits.

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