Safety and Aging in Place

Minor Home Repair Program

The Minor Home Repair program provides services to residents 60 years of age and older. The program addresses requests relating to access and safety issues confronting older adults. Minor Home Repair assists with wheelchair ramps, bathroom modifications, “emergency” plumbing, and “emergency” electrical problems.

Eligible seniors must reside in and own the property needing repairs, and not have any outstanding liens or owe back taxes. Renters must have written authorization from landlords. Participants are asked to contribute toward the cost of service.  The Minor Home Repair program can be accessed directly by contacting at 316-660-5222. 

Free Smoke Detectors and Fire Safety

Fire safety education is also available through this program.  Through volunteer assistance free smoke detector installation and fire safety education is offered to seniors.   Fall safety education can be provided in a group setting and home safety assessments are available on an as needed basis.  For more information contact 316-660-5222.

Hoarding

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging leads the Wichita/Sedgwick County Hoarding Coalition which was established in 2006.  It was established in response the increasing incidences that community providers were confronting.  This collaborative effort of diverse community agencies seeks to provide intervention, education and follow-up support for hoarding behavior affecting the health, and safety of the individual, the family and the community.  Through this coalition a referral process was established and procedures implemented to provide a coordinated response including a mental health component.  A core committee reviews complex cases to improve successful outcomes.  For more information contact 316-660-5222.

Aging and Wellness Coalition 

The Aging and Wellness Coalition of Sedgwick County was established in 1998 by the Sedgwick County Department on Aging/Central Plains Area Agency on Aging to promote mental, physical and spiritual wellness.  The group is comprised of SCDOA/CPAAA staff and interested local aging service providers.  The intent of the coalition is to promote positive aging, advocate for aging issues, and provide training opportunities to the general public and professionals who have contact with older adults.  For more information contact 316-660-5120.
Activities that the coalition members are involved in include:

  • planning and coordianting two workshops annually providing CEUs to social workers and other professionals working in the field of aging;
  • volunteering during community events that promote health and wellness;
  • participating in the National Depression Screening Day and Senior Expo;
  • participating in other opportunities as they arise.