SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Close the Gap in Senior Care, the non-profit arm of Caring Senior Service, announced it is partnering with TruBlue Home Service Ally, a handyman and home services franchise organization that provides affordable, worry-free living for busy adults and seniors, to distribute and install grab bars as part of its Grab the Bars initiative.
Close the Gap in Senior Care president and Caring Senior Service founder and CEO Jeff Salter said this partnership will allow the nonprofit to strengthen its initiative to help seniors and people with disabilities install much-needed grab bars in their homes.
"One of the biggest gaps in senior care is fall prevention," Salter said. "Every 11 seconds, a senior is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and this can cost about $30,000 on average to treat. TruBlue Home Service Ally sees the value in our mission and has decided to work with our team to install grab bars in the homes of more seniors who are aging in place."
In addition to regular handyman services, TruBlue provides a variety of services for seniors who want to remain at home as they grow older. In addition to grab bar installations, the company provides other safety and ease of use modifications to the home including switch and outlet access modifications, zero-entrance tub and shower installations, wheelchair ramps and doorway improvements for the senior population.
TruBlue's partnership with Close the Gap in Senior Care allows Caring Senior Service's franchise owners, caregivers, suppliers and referral partners to identify and nominate seniors with low or fixed incomes to receive a complete installation of up to two grab bars in their bathroom. Close the Gap will review incoming nominations and send the approved nominations to TruBlue to schedule the installation.
In 2021, Caring Senior Service established Close the Gap in Senior Car to raise awareness of the gaps in at-home senior care. Salter kicked off the establishment of the nonprofit with a 9,400-mile bike ride throughout 30 states as he visited 39 Caring Senior Service locations. Close the Gap now works to provide education and assistance to seniors looking to age in place. The Grab the Bars initiative has installed grab bars in the homes of more than 300 nominees from coast to coast.
"We believe that seniors are healthier and happier if they're able to grow older at home," Salter said. "Our Grab the Bars initiative aims to raise funds to provide grab bars for seniors who may not otherwise have the means or the ability to install them. It's an honor that TruBlue has recognized this worthwhile mission and has hopped on board to help facilitate the installation of these lifesaving safety devices."
To learn more about Close the Gap in Senior Care, please visit closethegapinseniorcare.org.