HRRC's Senior Expo set for Sept. 16
Wesley Walker, coordinator of senior repair programs for Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), talks to older residents about their housing concerns all the time. He urges them to consider whether their current home is the best option for them now and in the future. But, changing one’s living situation is difficult, and there are several factors that should go into making that decision. Walker usually asks the following questions:
- Considering all the costs, including repairs and maintenance on your current home, what type of housing will best fit your budget?
- Can your current home be modified—to fit a wheelchair, for example—if and when you experience changes in mobility?
- What support services are available to help you remain independent, and are those services affordable?
- What would be involved in selling your current home, or leaving it for your children?
- What are the differences among alternative types of housing, including senior apartments, independent living and assisted-living facilities?
If you want the answers to questions like these, you’re invited to attend HRRC’s second annual Senior Expo on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (in the Community Center at One Monticello Blvd.). The expo will provide information to help seniors make housing decisions that are right for them.
The expo will offer presentations on a variety of issues concerning senior housing. Maggie Calkins, a leading expert in senior living environments, will be the keynote speaker. Advice tables staffed by resource professionals will be there to provide information to seniors and their families.
The Senior Expo is free and open to residents of all communities; no reservations are required. HRRC hopes to see you there.
Becky Stager has been HRRC's home repair education coordinator since 1989. Visit www.hrrc-ch.org or call 216-381-6100 for more information on programs and services.