The Chore program was designed to fill the void to help seniors maintain their homes. It broadens our typical scope of work to include handyman or other chore services seniors might need help with. These items, such as changing batteries in smoke detectors, replacing an expired light bulb or flipping a mattress, become difficult for the aging homeowner and, if not taken care of, can make the home unsafe.
The Chore program is administered in conjunction with our critical repairs, emergency repairs and comprehensive service programs completed by Revitalize Milwaukee contactors.
The Chore Program responds to the following issues regarding older adults
- The issues of safety in Wisconsin are especially concerning because of a high rate of injuries and death due to falls in the home. There are more injury-caused deaths produced by falls in the home than by car crashes, suicide, poisoning and homicide. Hospitalizations and emergency visits due to falls result in over 800 million in hospital charges each year in Wisconsin. Falls experienced by elderly homeowners frequently force homeowners to abandon their homes and move into assisted living or rehabilitation facilities or nursing homes.
- The issues surrounding the target population revolve around personal safety and the capacity to keep up with home maintenance. Data from the U.S. Census (2008) Survey of Income and Program Participation reveal a strong relationship between age and the increased need for personal assistance. This data showed that 4.5 million elderly persons needed assistance with one or more activities of daily living. Women were more likely to need assistance than men, especially for women living alone.
- While there are resources available for housing rehabilitation through various agencies, especially with the City of Milwaukee, they are somewhat fragmented, often resulting in poor outcomes, and wasted resources. There remains many serious gaps in services that leave homeowners in vulnerable living environments and prevent these residents from meeting their goal of remaining in their homes as they age.
- To provide low income, elderly homeowners with effective and immediate solutions to safe housing, allowing homeowners to age in place.
- To address gaps in housing services through established partnerships and effective coordination of resources that provide a full scope of housing services.
- To make an impact on the condition of neighborhoods by preserving housing stock and maintaining owner-occupancy.