Local Non-Profit Collects Non Slip Bath/Shower Mats During Fall Prevention Month

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September is Fall Prevention month and The Heart of Ida, a Long Beach based nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, takes fall prevention seriously. Through their Handy Hearts program, low income older adults are provided with free labor for minor home repairs involving safety and quality of life. When homes are made healthy and safe for seniors, they are able to live independently for longer, delaying or preventing life altering and costly changes in their living situations.

Per co-founder Dina Berg “…falls are a serious health threat to seniors. Nationally, one third of people over 65 and half of those over 80 will fall each year. About half of all falls happen at home. Our Handy Hearts program addresses this problem by completing minor safety repairs, such as the installation of grab bars near the toilet and in the tub or shower. Unfortunately, we do not see many nonslip shower/bath mats when we install the safety devices. With the public’s help, we can offer a mat to those that need it. Our focus is a safe and healthy home environment.”

According to the AARP (2010), unsafe conditions in the home such as deferred routine maintenance, poor lighting, and the absence of hand rails, frequently jeopardize the safety of older adults. Deferring such repairs and maintenance work can lead to injury and even death. The Heart of Ida and their Handy Hearts program have been established to meet this always present, but growing need. They are the only of their kind in the Long Beach area.

To donate a new nonslip bath/shower mat, please contact the Handy Hearts program via their website www.heartofida.org. Cash donations of $10 for a new mat can be made there as well. Additionally, you may drop off the mats at the Long Beach Senior Center located at 1150 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA.

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