Lucille Reynolds has lived in her home for 46 years, where she has raised two of her children. In August of 2020, she suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. The hospital social workers referred Ms. Reynolds to Community Housing Solutions for the Aging Gracefully program. This program, in partnership with Cone Health, combines CHS home repairs with health education and training from a registered nurse (RN) and an occupational therapist (OT) to allow the homeowner to live longer and safer in their home. “Thanks to CHS and the Aging Gracefully program, I feel blessed, grateful and very secure in my home.”
CHS construction staff along with the Cone Health OT and RN visited Ms. Reynolds’ home and identified repairs that would make her home a safer place to live following her stroke. Bathroom grab bars were installed, the kitchen floor was replaced and an outside handrail was installed. The OT also worked with Ms. Reynolds and helped her make some changes to her daily tasks. She learned safer ways to move around her home, particularly in the kitchen and the laundry room.
“I am thankful to be able to stay in my home,” said Ms. Reynolds. “Thanks to all you have done, I can live and know that I am safe. I am truly grateful to CHS ... they have been a gift to my life.”
Ruby is a part of the Aging Gracefully program at Community Housing Solutions where teams of occupational therapists and nurses work with homeowners like Ruby to assess needs and provide necessary accessibility modifications that will help them stay in their homes safely for more years. The biggest impact of this program is prevention, as modifications are made before falls occur.
Ruby wanted to soak in the bathtub without falling and to move safely in and out of her home. Community Housing Solutions’ installed three grab bars in her tub and replaced the rotting floors under her toilet. In addition, a concrete walkway was poured and rotten doors were replaced. These modifications made Ruby safe and stable as she carried out her daily activities.
“I love the program, and I love what they did,” said Ruby. “Community Housing Solutions cares. They showed me love and affection, and they helped me accomplish my goals. When you have someone who cares, that makes you feel good about yourself.”
Thanks to your support, we install shower bars and we build walkways, but we do much more than that. Thanks to your support, we restore lives, hope and dignity for people like Ruby so that they can age gracefully in place in the home that they love. You may click the links below to continue this support through either a donation or volunteering your time. You may also view the video below for a more complete account of Ruby's story.