Habitat for Humanity Detroit, in partnership with Henry Ford Health System and Legacy Medical Foundation, is launching The Return Home Safe (RHS) program which is a pilot program designed to reduce the risk for at-home falls by providing modest home safety repairs and transitional private-duty aides for eligible low-income seniors.
A report by America’s Health Rankings said 29.3% of Michigan seniors ages 65 and older are likely to suffer from a fall, and one out of five falls causes a serious injury like a hip fracture and head trauma. These can lead to decreased mobility, loss of independence, social isolation and depression, and premature death.
Eligible low-income seniors are ages 65 and older, own their home in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park, and are considered at-risk for falls. Henry Ford’s Mobile Integrated Health team will work with Habitat to identify seniors who are at-risk for falls to receive home repairs. The repairs would be at no cost to eligible seniors.
This is a pilot program and is designed to gather data regarding fall prevention and hospital re-admission. At this time, this program and services are not available to the general public.