Helping Seniors to Age in Place Safely

FEATURED INITIATIVE: GRAB THE BARS
Preventing senior falls and fatalities one grab bar at a time.

About Close the Gap

Close the Gap in Senior Care is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that works to provide education and assistance for individuals looking to age in in place safely. Our vision is to bring communities together to identify and address gaps in senior care. Our current initiative, Grab the Bars, aims to prevent senior falls at home.

Not surprisingly, 80% of senior falls happen in the bathroom, but many of these falls could have been prevented with education and simple safety devices — saving money, dignity, and even lives of seniors across the country. Donate today to help keep more seniors safe or nominate a senior in need to receive grab bars.

It All Started with a Bike Ride

Close the Gap in Senior Care began with an extraordinary bike ride. Caring Senior Service founder and CEO, Jeff Salter, rode an electric bike 9,500+ miles cross-country in 2021 to raise awareness of overlooked areas of senior care and raise money for grab bars. Our name embodies the idea of cyclists closing the gaps between each other to achieve top performance. Similarly, we can bring caregivers, community leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and families together to identify and address gaps in senior care.

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$170,000+

Every $250 installs 2 grab bars in a senior’s bathroom.

10 Days

Upon approval, grab bars are installed within 10 days of nomination. 

74 Grab Bars

To-date, 74 grab bars have been installed in seniors’ homes. 

Grab the Bars: How It Works

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Lowe’s Livable Home has partnered with us to give our grab bar fundraiser a national impact. Any senior who demonstrates financial need is eligible to be nominated for 2 grab bars. If their nomination is approved, a Lowe’s Livable Home contractor will reach out within 48 hours to coordinate a time to install grab bars.

Grab the Bars: FAQ

100% of every donation goes directly to grab bars for seniors.  Caring Senior Service, our enterprise partner, funds all of our administrative costs — things like staff salaries, rent, office supplies, technology, etc. — so you can give knowing 100% of your donation directly funds grab bars for seniors. Caring Senior Service is a senior home care franchise with locations across the US. 

Yes. Our fundraiser is powered and protected by GiveButter. Learn more about how GiveButter protects your information 

Donations are tax-deductible within the guidelines of United States law. Close the Gap in Senior Care is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in the US. The tax ID/EIN for Close the Gap in Senior Care is 87-3313335. Use your email receipt as your official record to claim your donation as a deduction on your US taxes 

Seniors aged 65+ who live in the US and are unable to independently afford the cost of installation. Seniors must own a house or mobile home. Seniors who live in an apartment or rental property are ineligible unless they can provide written permissions for installation from the property owner.  

Currently our nomination process is open to referral partners that work closely with branch locations of our enterprise partner, Caring Senior Service. Nominations from the general public may open up in the future.  

Once a nomination is received, Close the Gap in Senior Care reviews the nomination for eligibility, and when approved, forwards on to our installation partner, Lowe’s Livable Home (LLH) and simultaneously notifies the nominator so that they may give the news to the nominated senior.  

An LLH contractor contacts the nominated senior, or their designated point of contact, within 48 hours of receiving the information. The LLH contractor works with the senior to find the best date and time to do the installation.

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