Southwest Chicago Post
Several leading businesses serving Garfield Ridge and Clearing have forged a partnership to serve the community’s elderly residents.
All Exterior Contractors, Mike Riordan State Farm Insurance and First Rate Realty—all members of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce—are teaming up to offer safety inspections of seniors’ homes, all at no charge.
Starting Saturday, November 14 and running until Saturday, December 12, senior citizens who live in the 60638 ZIP code are invited to call the Mike Riordan State Farm office at (773) 586-4448 and schedule a free safety inspection.
In each home inspected, workers will ensure that smoke detectors are in place and working; that clean air filters are properly installed, that railings are in place to help seniors with limited mobility, and that clutter does not block exits or impair a person’s ability to move about safely.
They also will change light bulbs, inspect dryer vents; and if the home has no smoke detectors, workers will install them at no cost.
During inspections, seniors are asked to have a friend, relative or neighbor present in the home.
“This is all about safety,” said Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors. “It’s simply a public service from business owners who care about the neighborhood and its seniors.”
Al Cacciottolo of First Rate Realty added, “This is all at no charge. No one will try to sell you anything. This is just something for our local senior citizens—a bit of a helping hand to help them live in their homes independently, for a long time.”
Mike Riordan agreed.
“As a man who has served our community—including senior citizens—for many years, I understand the importance of feeling safe in your own home,” he said. “This initiative is designed to help seniors do exactly that.”