Philadelphia, PA • Since 1819

Peace of Mind

Gert resides at a low-income, tax credit building under the auspices of Federation Housing, Inc. Her annual income of $21,000 comes from Social Security and a pension. Gert has a loving family, including a daughter-in-law who is devoted to her. They call or visit frequently. An aide assists with shopping, house cleaning and personal care. Although Gert appears frail and uses a walker, she is an active participant in many activities in her building – book club, hot lunches and wellness checks. She has had the use of an ERS since 2007. Her response to the annual survey about participation in the program says it best: “I have been very fortunate and have never had to use my button. However, I am 99-years-old and living independently. The fact that I have the system helps me feel safer and better able to cope.”

Written by Eileen S. Sklaroff