Healthy Neighborhoods program aids seniors

Published Dec 31, 2017 at 8:50am

Oneida County Health Department has a program called Healthy Neighborhoods that may be beneficial to seniors.

Healthy Neighborhoods is a five-year grant awarded to the Oneida County Health Department from the state Department of Health.

The program is designed to reduce housing-related illness and injury within a targeted area through home visitation.

The program does a health and safety assessment using a questionnaire, provides health and safety education to families and individuals, provides agency and organization referrals as needed, and provides free health and safety supplies.  

Some of those free health and safety items include: 

  • Bathtub strips
  • Batteries for detectors
  • Cabinet locks
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Cockroach traps
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Furniture straps
  • Hypoallergenic mattress covers
  • Hypoallergenic pillow covers
  • LED flashlights
  • Mouse traps
  • Night lights
  • Pack and play cribs and sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Radon test kit
  • Shock stops
  • Simple green
  • Smoke detectors
  • Stovetop knob protectors.

The program assesses overall health and wellness with a specific focus on fire safety, asthma treatment and prevention, lead poisoning prevention, and injury prevention. The program also provides presentations to community groups and community agencies. In addition, staff is able to participate in local health fairs and community agency meetings.  

The only qualification is that people surveyed live in the target area.  If seniors live in one of the following areas, they may qualify: Annsville, Ava, Boonville, Blossvale, Camden, Durhamville, Florence, Lee, Lee Center, Rome, Sherrill, Sylvan Beach, Taberg, Vernon, Verona, Vienna, Western, Westernville, and Westmoreland.

Services are provided regardless of an individual’s income or if they own or rent the home they live in. The occupant only needs to answer the questions they wish to answer. 

If you live in one of the targeted areas of the grant, and would like to receive free health and safety items for your home, contact the Oneida County Health Department Healthy Neighborhoods Program at 315-798-3465.