Safety and Autonomy at Home

The Independent Living Program facilitates home modifications and repairs to promote safety and autonomy for older adults and people with disabilities on Bainbridge Island. We work with clients to determine their individual needs, provide funding for necessary improvements, and hire licensed contractors to complete projects. We also build awareness in the community on universal design principles and community inclusion for people with diverse accessibility needs. The program is available to income-qualified Bainbridge Island residents of all ages.

What We Do

Some examples of common modifications include:

  • Grab bar and handrail installation
  • Exterior walkway improvements
  • Flooring replacement
  • Kitchen and bathroom modifications to enhance accessibility
  • Home repairs to promote housing sustainability

For questions or to apply for assistance, contact:

  • Independent Living Program Coordinator, Irene Herman, (206) 842-1909 ext 18 or email.

Why Independent Living?

  • Autonomy. A living environment that accommodates individual abilities allows people greater independence at home and facilitates activities of daily living. This in turn can enhance a person’s confidence and their ability to engage with friends, neighbors, and the community at large.
  • Safety. A home free of hazards and barriers to accessibility reduces the risk of injury and illness and improves quality of life.
  • Affordability. Home repairs allow people with limited income to remain in their homes, often a less expensive option than purchasing a new one.
  • Sustainability. Simple modifications and repairs can have a big impact on a person’s ability to stay in their home long term. Repairing an existing structure is often more environmentally sound than building a new one and repairs often reduce a home’s carbon footprint

Our Approach

In this presentation, Independent Living Program Coordinator Irene Herman walks through a project timeline and shares tips for avoiding falls at home. A successful home modification involves far more than a repair or two, but a careful inventory of the living space and an honest look at personal health and habits.

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