Free home repair program for town seniors

Sam Desmond

“It was so straightforward and it saved me so substantially revenue,” said Pat Rowan, a senior citizen dwelling in East Islip, of the new paint career of her bed room furnished by the Town of Islip, free of charge.

Estimates from regional contractors for the same work ranged from $250 to $500.

“The younger men who did the portray have been so professional and courteous,” claimed Rowan, introducing, “They obtained it accomplished speedy, too!”

The Household Mend Software, which Rowan read about as a result of the Senior Link flyer she receives that is offered via immediate mail and at all City of Islip senior centers, gives Town of Islip seniors (i.e. age 60 and around) with up to 5 several hours a calendar year (April 1st by March 31) of absolutely free, minimal home advancement companies.

The products and services contain:

Installation of:

  • Door locks
  • Seize bars
  • Shades and curtain rods
  • Window screens
  • Air ailments (set up in spring, removal in slide)

Portray:

  • Exterior doors
  • Interior rooms of the property (must be paint-all set with furniture moved)

Cleansing of gutters (early spring and early fall, 1st floor only)

“The Residential Maintenance Plan exists for Town of Islip senior citizens who are no more time equipped to conduct little repairs in their household. Any products essential will have to be equipped by the senior,” said a consultant for the town.

Town of Islip supervisor Angie Carpenter is proud of the application that has been serving seniors for in excess of 30 a long time.

“It is a fantastic software that allows our senior citizens continue to be residing independently,” stated Carpenter. “There are no labor charges with this method, and expert services like cleaning of the gutters aids mitigate acute difficulties, like seniors having to go on ladders, and broader troubles like h2o infiltrating a house.”

Carpenter also spoke of the added reward of possessing guests for seniors, many of whom have been isolated for the duration of the very long stretches of the pandemic, with only the TOI’s shipping and delivery individuals for senior foods to converse with.

“The City of Islip is dedicated to its senior inhabitants in offering them with guidance,” stated Carpenter.

The Residential Repair service Program has a committed line at 631-224-5411 and is answered with chirpy enthusiasm by Patty Lozier, who handles all the logistics of location up get the job done orders for county staff to support seniors with their insignificant residence repairs.

“If we did not have her here, it would not operate as easily as it does,” said Carol Charchalis, acting commissioners of the Office of Human Expert services, which oversees the Senior Citizen Division.

According to Lozier, the five once-a-year several hours ordinarily allots for several companies and that publish-surgical seniors with grab bar requests are prioritized.

Lozier estimates the Household Restore Software products and services around 350 jobs a yr, albeit there was a slowdown for the duration of the peak of the pandemic.

Normally, a resident will phone the range, Lozier will established up a preliminary appointment for the personnel to evaluate the materials essential (which ought to be purchased and provided by the client), and then routine the genuine do the job to be accomplished.

The system from initial call to finished job is usually one particular to two months.

“It’s providing each day lifetime a minor enable,” reported Lozier.