People Working Cooperatively’s Whole Home division provides an array of services to address mobility and health issues.Kevin Michell People Working Cooperatively (PWC), a nonprofit service organization that started in a Covington, Kentucky, garage 45 years ago, does a lot for homeowners with tight budgets or disability concerns from its current headquarters in Bond Hill. But PWC and its Whole Home division also offer quality home remodeling and services to everyone in the area.
“When you think of PWC, you think of granted services,” says Nina Creech, vice president of operations for PWC’s Whole Home division and its Innovation Center. “But we’ve also received a lot of requests for services for people who can pay. As a result of that we created Whole Home.”
The three overarching services the organization provides clients are helping people with emergency services, remodeling homes into a space that people will love and keeping people healthy and safe in their homes.
When someone returns home with diminished mobility as the result of an operation or change in health, people often find barriers to living comfortably and safely within their own home that they didn’t initially realize. That can entail worsened vision from aging or difficulty climbing stairs after a knee replacement.
Whole Home can do permanent alterations to accommodate lasting mobility issues or temporary fixes that can be rented and returned after recovery. The latter also works for a healthy homeowner who might have an older parent visiting or convalescing in their home.
Services like installing a grab bar for a shower or toilet often can be implemented within 48 hours of the request, says Creech. Better still, the product lines PWC has access to are not just utilitarian—they’re aesthetically appealing.
“We have products that don’t look like they’re for medical purposes,” says Creech. “We firmly believe that we can help you make your home look beautiful and if we do it right, you’ll never need to change it.”
Maintaining a healthy home goes beyond accessibility as the result of injury or age, too. Whole Home’s assessments look for air quality issues caused by paint, carpeting and ventilation systems. That has been an offering of PWC’s for some time but has become a major service in light of its partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that connects the organization with families who have a child with asthma.
All of this points to People Working Cooperatively and its Whole Home division’s versatility—the organization can respond to emergent home health and safety needs but just as effectively take care of remodeling and beautifying someone’s home while assessing for fall prevention, air quality concerns, lighting improvements and more.
Creech points out that any homeowner considering updating or remodeling their living space should consider PWC as their contractor.
“The health and safety of what we do is built into [remodeling work] and I don’t think [people] will find that from another contractor or provider,” she says. “We’re thinking about the long-term and we’re more involved in how you are using your space.”
At another PWC facility—the Innovation Center—the nonprofit holds classes on various topics, ranging from aging in place and fall prevention to sensory issues and childhood safety, the latter two of which will be major focuses in 2020.
“Part of the model of the Innovation Center is that we partner with other experts in defining best practices,” Creech explains. “We conduct research and we collaborate with people from multiple disciplines that offer classes and workshops for people to live their best life.”
For example, the Stepping on Fall Prevention series is a seven-week set of classes for people age 60 and older concerned about falling in their home or preventing someone else in their household from falling. Part of the class involves an in-home assessment of trouble areas and Whole Home also grants some useful items to attendees of these classes.
These classes can be incredibly helpful and enlightening for people who may not think they would need them. As Creech points out, there’s always a possibility that people who have spent the last 10, 20 or 30 years in the same home don’t realizing the trouble areas that may arise with diminished mobility, worsening vision or just not being diligent about maintaining healthy air quality.
The winter edition of Stepping on, a Fall Prevention Workshop will start at the Innovation Center Feb. 18, with two different time slots—one from 10 a.m.-noon and another from 2-4 p.m.
Another seven-week class will begin in mid-April after Stepping on, a Fall Prevention Workshop concludes.
The Innovation Center is open to the entire community and all different types of homeowners because the information in these courses can be relevant to everyone, especially as the prevalence of multiple generations living under one roof increases in the future.
“As your life changes, your home needs to change as well,” Creech says.
The PWC Whole Home division’s home consultations and remodeling services for anyone can be arranged by contacting the organization at 513-482-5100 or by visiting its website at wholehome.org.