A Home Repair and Modification Program Embedded Within Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors

Gabrielle Schiller, Audrey Seligman, Sara Lubetsky, Linda V. DeCherrie, Jennifer Reckrey, Victoria Kopke, Nancy Bacher, Sonica Bhatia, Katherine A. Ornstein

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The purpose of this study was to conduct an evaluation of a home modification and repair pilot program implemented within Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors. This program enrolled patients via referral from the home-based clinical team between August 15, 2019 and December 31, 2020. Patient functional status and home modification and repair needs were assessed by a social worker and subsequent interventions were tracked. This study includes two separate, concurrent analyses: (1) descriptive analyses based on data on program enrollees, repairs, and costs and (2) provider perspectives on the program. The program enrolled 33 patients. The average spending per patient was $528. The clinical team found this program feasible to implement and helped reduce burnout. Future program implementation and expansion will require more investment in staffing to ensure timely needs assessment and service delivery, and the addition of an occupational therapist to better assess and meet patient functional needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-887
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2023


  • activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • dementia
  • independence
  • social work
  • successful aging


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