Repairs and modifications to the home enable elders to remain in their households for as long as possible. Making your elderly's house more secure and accessible decreases the chance of falling, prevents accidents, and enhances independence.
The good news is that numerous financial aid programs are available to assist individuals in obtaining necessary house improvements. Below are 5 organizations that help elders with home repairs:
- Area Agency on Aging
- Rebuilding Together
- Home Energy Update Assistance Programs
- Medicare and Medicaid
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
Area Agency on Aging
Reach the county's Area Agency on Aging to learn about the Older Americans Act's home modification and repair grants.
Additional grant opportunities may be offered through other local government programs. Consult the housing and community development department of the county or city.
Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization that assists individuals, seniors, and families in repairing and modifying their homes in order to improve safety, health, and independence.
Home Energy Update Assistance Programs
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists low-income homes with heating and cooling energy expenses, energy crisis relief, weatherization, and energy-related home repairs.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides financial assistance to residents who wish to upgrade their homes and make them more energy-efficient and weatherized.
Medicare and Medicaid
This could include a bath transfer bench, a safety frame for the toilet, a hospital bed, a walker, or a wheelchair, among others.
Consult your senior adult's physician to determine whether durable medical equipment can be utilized to enhance their health and safety at home.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Section 504 Home Repair program gives out grants to address health and safety issues in the homes of elderly with very low-income.
Additionally, it gives loans to low-income homeowners for home repairs, improvements, and modernization.
As your family and loved ones age, senior citizen home repair programs can be quite beneficial. They may be unable to maintain their homes in good condition, and as their caregiver, you may not always be prepared to support them. Certain contractors may provide a senior home repair program or offer reductions or income-based pricing to assist seniors who live on a fixed income and struggle to pay their expenses. Additionally, there are numerous grants available for elderly home repair. Just start with the ones listed above.
If you're interested to know more about how to keep your elderly loved ones safe at home, check out Senior Strong’s Housing and Care section.
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.