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IU Health Starke Hospital, partners made homes safer for seniors Oct. 6

An IU Health Starke Hospital Release

Knox, IN – Some 50 volunteers fanned out across Starke County Saturday, October 6 during the first Safe at Home event sponsored by Northwest Indiana Community Action, Community Services of Starke County and Indiana University Health Starke Hospital. Those taking part in the initiative went to 14 homes, where the occupants needed home repair and yard work done. Some of the work included repairing ramps, installing handrails and grab bars, putting up smoke detectors and doing yard work.

IU Health Starke Hospital was part of a team of IU Health volunteers and rehabilitation professionals throughout the state to raise awareness of the importance of falls prevention and make home modifications for independent seniors to over 150 homes across Indiana.

Stacy Fredrickson, from IU Health Rehabilitation Services, told organizers she made a friend during the event. “A 91-year-old lady told me that she was so happy someone stopped and cared enough to help her,” she reported. While in the home, Fredrickson noticed the smoke alarm had a dead battery. In her report, she asked for follow-up to replace it for the woman, who lives alone.

Also assisting in the endeavor were Knox Mayor Rick Chambers and North Judson Town Board President Wendy Hoppe. IU Health Starke Hospital President David Hyatt said he was pleased to see so many of his colleagues donating their time for such a worthwhile cause. “Making Starke County a safer place is at the core of our mission statement,” he said.

The Mayor, meanwhile, complimented the three sponsoring groups by saying, “This is such a great effort, and I’m just proud to be part of the effort. I hope this is the first of many Safe at Home programs in our county. IU Heath Starke Hospital and Community Services of Starke County are such assets in our endeavor to help the less fortunate.”

Much of the home identification information was compiled by Community Services of Starke County. Joan Haugh, executive director of Community Services, told those assembled following the event she considered the day an outpouring of love and support for those in need of assistance.

Northwest Indiana Community Action is a community minded nonprofit, and is the largest combined Area Agency and Community Action Agency in Indiana. The agency provides services for residents of Starke, Pulaski, Porter, Jasper, Newton and Lake counties. Its mission is to offer assistance so residents in these counties can begin to enjoy the freedom to live as independently as they wish and are able.

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