Fixes to make Philly seniors' homes safer could be a phone call away

Lynne Adkins
January 15, 2020 - 10:17 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Keeping Mom and Dad at home, safely, could be as easy as picking up the phone. 

The Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program, or SHARP, is among the services offered by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

Mark Myers, PCA's director of facility operations and housing programs, says with one call, qualifying seniors can get modifications done that will keep the home safe and accessible.

"We adapt bathroom fixtures. We install hand railings. We install intercoms. We will install exterior iron railings. We will do grab bars in the bathroom. We will do handheld showers in the bathroom. We install smoke detectors. We install carbon monoxide detectors," Myers said. 

Callers can also get repairs made to the property. 

"We will do exterior doors. We will door interior doors. We will install locks on the home. We will install basement steps if the basement steps are failing; we'll go in there and replace the entire staircase," he said.

Myers says low-income residents will pay nothing, and for others there's a sliding-fee scale with funding coming from state lottery money. 

For information, call 215-765-9040.