Safety for Seniors will conduct FREE Home Safety Checks

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Trained Safety for Seniors volunteers with Open Your Heart to a Senior conduct a brief but thorough FREE home safety assessment using a written checklist making recommendations for family members to adjust/remove potential hazards. They install smoke alarms (if needed) and leave seniors with a bag of safety items, like a flashlight and fresh batteries, a bath mat, night light and other helpful items. After the check has been completed seniors qualify for either a free grab bar or an indoor railing installed at no charge. For information, please contact Cathy Pschirer 412-307-0069 at North Hills Community Outreach.

Open Your Heart to a Senior Orientations for Interested Volunteers

Just one hour of your time, once a week or even once a month can mean the world to a senior. Many area seniors need friendly, caring volunteers to help with yard work, grocery shopping, providing transportation to a medical appointment, or just a friendly phone call or visit. Open Your Heart to a Senior is committed to helping seniors live safely and independently in their own homes throughout Allegheny County.

Upcoming orientation dates are:

  • Feb. 5 at 6pm –UPMC Lighthouse Pointe, 500 Chapel Harbor Drive, Fox Chapel, 15238
  • Feb. 8 at 5:3pm –Family Services of Western PA, 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, East Liberty, 15206
  • Feb. 9 at 1:00pm –Family Services of Western PA, 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, East Liberty, 15206
  • Feb. 21 at 6:30pm –North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, 15101
  • March 5 at 10:30am –UPMC Lighthouse Pointe, 500 Chapel Harbor Drive, Fox Chapel, 15238
  • March 6 at 6pm –Family Services of Western PA, 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, East Liberty, 15206
  • March 9 at 1pm –Family Services of Western PA, 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, East Liberty, 15206
  • March 19 at 9:30am – AGH Suburban General Hospital, 2nd Floor Cafeteria, 100 S. Jackson Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202

Safety for Seniors Training Days will be:

  • February 9, 11am-4pm– Family Services of Western PA, 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, East Liberty, 15206
  • February 26, 9:30am to 10:30am – AGH Suburban General Hospital, 2nd Floor Cafeteria, 100 S. Jackson Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202
  • March 9, 11am to 4pm – Family Services of Western PA, 6401 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor, East Liberty, 15206

For more information on orientations and trainings,visit www.openyourhearttoasenior.org, call 412-307-0071 or toll-free at 866-467-0888, or email seniors@nhco.org.

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About Open Your Heart to a Senior

OYHS is a signature initiative of the United Way of Allegheny County; Family Services and North Hills Community Outreach are the leading partners and other partners include AGEWELL, Blind and Vision Rehabilitation, Centers for Health Hearts and Souls, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of SWPA, and Lutheran Service Society. Together these organizations have 400-plus volunteers providing non-medical care for seniors to help them live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

An Initiative of United Way of Allegheny County in cooperation with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania and North Hills Community Outreach

Jennifer L. Kissel
412-487-6316 opt. 1 ext. 3112
jlkissel@nhco.org
www.openyourhearttoasenior.org