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BCAUSE Program To Help Baltimore County Seniors Stay In Homes

BCAUSE Program To Help Baltimore County Seniors Stay In Homes

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — The Baltimore County Age-Friendly Upgrades for Seniors (BCAUSE) program has been rolled out to help homeowners over the age of 65 receive home repairs or safety modifications to help enable them to stay in their homes longer so they can age safely in place. At least 100 households are expected to benefit from this program in its first year.

The BCAUSE program is a collaboration between the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA), Civic Works, Rebuilding Together Baltimore, CHAI and Dundalk Renaissance.

“Seniors are the backbone of our communities. They are our caregivers, teachers, and everyday leaders who constantly give back,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement. “This innovative, life-changing program will help empower more of our residents to age in their communities with choice, independence and dignity.”

Studies have shown that the majority of older adults prefer to age in place in their own homes; however, there can be a gap between the desire for older adults to stay in their homes and the ability to make the necessary repairs and modifications to do so.

The BCAUSE program offers eligible homeowners in Baltimore County up to $4,500 of home repairs or safety modifications to help them age safely in place. To be eligible for the program, a person needs to be a Baltimore County homeowner who is 65 years or older and is at or below 50 percent of area median income.

Through BCAUSE, BCDA will work with eligible individuals’ care manager and/or occupational therapist to screen homes for falls risks and hazards and determine what repairs or improvements are needed. If a participant does not have a care manager through BCDA, DSS or another partner, they will be connected with a Baltimore County Department of Aging community outreach specialist for home screening as well as a general needs assessment for other wrap-around services, including home-delivered meals, SNAP benefits, Medicaid and other supports.

Home repairs covered by BCAUSE include, but are not limited to:
• Roof repairs,
• Plumbing,
• Electrical and heating systems repairs, and
• Safety modifications, such as grab bars, stair rails and assistive devices

All home repairs are completed by one of the BCAUSE partner agencies (Civic Works, CHAI, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation or Rebuilding Together) or by an approved contractor.
BCAUSE is funded through an $800,000 capital grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation with additional funding from Wesley Inc., which has dedicated itself to serving seniors since 1868.

Older adults interested in participating in the BCAUSE program should call the Baltimore County Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-887-2594, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A certified information and referral specialist will complete an application over the phone to determine eligibility.

Published at Fri, 29 Jan 2021 17:53:29 +0000

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Written by Riel Roussopoulos

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