The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ AgeWell Collaboratory is seeking the assistance of health care professionals working with seniors to evaluate a mobile app to keep older adults safe at home.  If interested, please refer to the information below.    

Greetings AgeWell Collaboratory Organizational Partners:

We are writing to see if you would like to join us on a fun and interesting research project! The College of Nursing and Health Profession’s AgeWell Collaboratory is partnering with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) and the Dornsife Center Wellness HUB to respond to concerns that older adults in West Philadelphia have expressed around home safety and aging in place. 

We have developed a mobile application (app) that would enable older adults, care partners and health and housing professionals to evaluate the safety of an elder’s home.  The app is called Safe at Home (formally the Home Environmental Assessment Protocol (HEAP)) and was developed by Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN.  We have tested the app with older adults at the Dornsife HUB and are now seeking the help of healthcare professionals, such as nurses, PTs, OTs, social workers and housing specialists, to evaluate it.  The app includes considerations such as home modifications, fall hazards, lighting, assistive devices, home repairs and more. It will also include resource referrals/recommendations that one day will be integrated into the app.

We would like to invite you to join a 90 minutes focus group at the College of Nursing and Health Professions (Three Parkway/1601 Cherry Street).  During the focus group, we will provide a nice lunch (or breakfast depending on the time).

Your input will significantly contribute to improvements of the app and in health resources for older adults.

Here is the link to sign up and let us know about your availability for a meeting.