Elder Services

Making homes safer for Baltimore City’s older adults
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At Civic Works’ Elder Services, we believe that older adults are a vital and valuable part of a strong community.  Since 2008 we have aimed to offer Baltimore’s elders practical services and information essential to healthy and successful living.  We know that helping older adults live better will make our neighborhoods safer stronger and more vibrant for residents of all ages.

Cities for All Ages is a comprehensive fall-prevention program which makes homes safer for older adults living in Baltimore City. Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, and injuries sustained from falls can prevent seniors from living at home and participating in family and community activities. We provide services to Baltimore residents over the age of 65, including fall prevention information, safety repairs, referrals to supportive services, and occupational therapy. More information can be found in the Cities for All Ages Brochure.

Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) is a collaborative project that places social workers and case managers based at five sites in Baltimore. They facilitate aging-in-place services for older adults by connecting them to home repair resources that improve the quality of their lives through accessibility improvements, rehabilitation, weatherization, and environmental hazard remediation. While providing application assistance for these resources, the HUBS staff members also assist clients accessing other benefits by doing full-service needs screening and connecting them to those resources. Learn more by reading the HUBS program brochure. To refer a client, please click to submit the form online. You may also print the form found here. For more information contact hubsintake@civicworks.com.

Service Coordination is provided by Civic Works’ Elder Services staff to older adults in multiple senior co-op apartment buildings in Baltimore City and County, in partnership with CSI Support and Development. Service coordinators assist residents with maintaining their independence by providing supportive services and linking them to community resources. Service coordinators also work with residents to encourage volunteerism and ensure that each individual maintains wellness and ages in a healthy manner.

Contract Work is offered by Elder Services construction staff members, who are Aging in Place specialists, Lead Abatement Supervisors and have close to 100 combined years of construction experience. City agencies, hospitals and local nonprofits contract us to provide fall prevention, safety modifications and minor home repairs for clients. For more information on contracting with Civic Works’ Elder Services, contact Lauren Averella at laverella@civicworks.com or 410-449-2322.

Become a Handyperson!

Civic Works' Elder Services department is looking for Handypeople volunteers to visit older adults’ homes and complete small repair projects. Projects generally include painting, tacking up cords, repairing sliding closet doors, caulking sinks/tubs, or repairing hinges. Volunteers are asked to complete one project a month, and to commit to at least 3 months. Experience in handywork or construction is preferred but not required. Please email Gwen Kokes at volunteer@civicworks.com for more information.

 

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