Our guest blog today was written by Laurey Maslyk with ReFIT. Visit their website for more information about this wonderful organization!
The United States is experiencing and will continue to experience a rapid expansion in the number of older adults in our country. Every day approximately 10,000 people turn 65 years old, and this is the just the front end of the baby boomer generation. By 2030 the United States will have 20% of its population over 65, up from 13% in 2010.
Supporting this growing population is a challenge for every community. These older adults wish to stay in their own homes and in the communities they live in. They wish to continue to live where they have established roots. Unfortunately this may not always be possible if there are safety risks and barriers in their homes.
Of today’s 85 year olds approximately one-third live with some sort of disability. Older adults live for decades with a functional disability and if they cannot afford to make the necessary modifications in their own home they would be forced to live in a government funded nursing home. The costs to Medicaid of supporting 1 person in a nursing home is the same as supporting 3 people with supplementary services in their own home.
This is where ReFIT (Remodeling for Independence Together), comes in. With the help of professional contractors working in the Portland area, such as Kennedy Restoration, we can provide in home modifications for older adults living under 80% of the median income for our area. With your help, older adults can stay in their homes, happy and healthy, for as long as possible.
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If you would like to get involved or make a donation, please go to our web site at www.refitportland.org and click on the tab “Want to Help”. Or call us direct at 503-943-9544.