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Kentucky receives $71,000 grant to loan temporary portable ramps to make homes accessible
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network can now loan temporary portable ramps to help people with disabilities awaiting a permanent ramp to access their homes. The Ramp Up Kentucky! program is funded through a recently awarded $71,257 ...
Brown estimates that the program will serve about 250 Kentuckians who otherwise would not be able to access their homes because they use wheelchairs or have other difficulties with steps.
“By loaning ramps, people can go home from hospitals and nursing homes quicker, and prevent admittance into long-term care facilities,” Brown said“It allows more people to stay in their homes and reduces the risk of injury or re-injury.”
Brown said he recently received a call from a social worker at a long-term care center about a patient who can return home but she needs a ramp to access her home“If she were to be put on a waiting list for a permanent ramp, she could have to wait for more than a year to go home, whereas with one of these loaner ramps, she could go home immediatelyThat’s a significant savings, well beyond the cost of the ramp.”
According to the 2015 American Community Survey of the U.SCensus Bureau, 416,155 individuals or nearly 9 percent of Kentuckians have difficulty walking and may have difficulty entering and exiting their homes because of steps or curbs.
In addition to purchasing and distributing portable ramps, the Ramp Up Kentucky! program will give ramp-building kits to Kentuckians with difficulties accessing their homesTo receive a ramp-building kit, the consumer has to agree to purchase lumber and other building materials to build the rampUnlike the portable ramps, the ramp-building kits become the property of the consumer and are not returned to the distribution center.
Sheila Levy, KATS Network outreach coordinator, said, “Individuals with physical limitations will be able to gain more independence and get out into their communities, relieving their sense of isolation.”
The KATS Network is in the Kentucky Office for Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) in the Education and Workforce Development CabinetFor more information about the KATS Network, visit www.katsnet.org.
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Tags:Education and Workforce Development Cabinet · High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant · KATS Network · Kentucky Assistive Technology Services · Ramp Up Kentucky! program
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