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16 CINEMONTAGE / Q3 2016 by Linda O'Hanlon I n a tremendous outpouring that embodies the true spirit of "taking care of our own," volunteers from the Motion Picture Editors Guild joined others from the entertainment community in June to improve the safety and upgrade the home of an 84-year-old actress. The Screen Actors Guild member and her husband have lived in their home for more than 25 years; however, they faced certain challenges due to health issues, and modifications were needed so they could continue to live there with comfort, safety and independence. The team of volunteers removed an uneven stone pathway and created a concrete walkway with a ramp, making it safer for the couple to access their home through the front door. The volunteers also repainted the home's exterior, cleaned up the backyard and reorganized inside living areas to create wider and uncluttered pathways. In the days following, the entire front yard was re-landscaped and a state-of-the-art closet system was installed, making it easier for the senior couple to reach for items. Keeping seniors living at home longer, more comfortably and independently, is the core mission of the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Home Safe Home (HSH) program, which provides free home safety evaluations and free or low-cost modifications for homes. Home Safe Home doesn't only address physical safety issues; it can also help older adults enhance their quality of life through more independence, socialization and an improved psychological outlook. "The very first project I organized by myself made me realize how much we change lives," says Kym Hall, project coordinator, who established the Home Safe Home project for MPTF 10 years ago. Guild Members Participate in Home Makeover Project MPTF PROGRAM BUILDS SAFETY INTO SENIORS' RESIDENCES

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