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Woodsfield Native Benefits from Home Accessibility Program

Monday, September 26, 2016
by Gwynn Stewart

Woodsfield Native Benefits from Home Accessibility Program

In the house that her father Charles E. Weber built in 1905, at nearly 92 years of age, Betty Weber is still comfortable at home there. Surrounded by the things she loves, her collections of bells, antique glassware, and even Betty Boop, Betty enjoys her hobby of crocheting and the support of her friends and extended family.

But, with age, often come limitations in mobility. The five steps to her front entrance became too much after two knees and a hip were replaced. With help from her family and the Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8), Weber can now more easily remain safely in her Woodsfield home with a new wheelchair ramp and bathroom modifications provided through the Housing program.

“The ramp helps me get out to church, to my meetings with the Senior Center and with the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, and the Pythian Sisters,” smiled Betty. “I go to as many things as I can as long as I can get a ride to things, but now I can more easily get in and out with the new ramp.” On a referral from Betty, her niece, who lives next door, was also able to take advantage of the AAA8 Housing program for a new ramp as well.

Following her retirement after 39 years of service with the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District as a Secretary for Woodsfield High School and Swiss Hills Career Center, Betty has been a long-time volunteer with the local Senior Citizens Center. She serves on the County Council on Aging, as well as a Monroe County representative to the AAA8 Regional Advisory Council.

For individuals trying to “age in place” or those with disabilities working for independence, resources through the AAA8 are helping make a difference.

“Grants are available for income eligible individuals with a disability of any age or seniors 60+ who own their home or have a life estate in the property,” said Joe Gage, AAA8 Housing Coordinator. “For residents who qualify, monies may be used to assist with the costs associated with accessibility modifications such as widening doorways, wheelchair ramps, handicap modifications of a bathroom or kitchen and other minor home repairs.”

The program will assess the home for eligible repairs and develop specifications for repair and bid the project to qualified providers to complete the modifications. Grants are available to fund accessibility modifications for income eligible individuals with a disability of any age or for minor home repairs for income eligible over 60 years of age who own their home or have a life estate in the property. In 2016: households served under this activity must be at or below the 50% area median income level. For more information, call 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.areaagency8.org.


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