If you are a senior citizen or have seniors in your life you love and care about, you know what is happening. You know your eyesight is failing. You know your bones and joints aren’t as sturdy and nimble as they used to be. You know your reflexes are slower and that you can’t do many of the things you used to be able to do.
The good news you are not alone!
Take the time to read through the following list of organizations and programs that offer help and assistance to seniors and people with disabilities that will allow them to safely age in place.
Grants for home adaptations and modifications
If you are living with a disability the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) has two different grant programs that might possibly be just what you need. The Specially Adapted Housing Grant and the Special Housing Adaptation Grant can be used by those who meet the program’s qualifications for the purchase or construction of a new home, or to modify your existing home.
Contact the VA for more information and to see if you qualify.
Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grant Program
This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Those receiving the funds must be 62 years old or older and meet other specific low-income household requirements. Loan or grant funds may be used to modify existing residences, or to install features that make the home safer and more functional for its aging owners.
This is just one of several loan and grant programs under USDA management or jurisdiction. Check out their website or contact your local USDA Farm Service Office for more information.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross has available funds for veterans who become disabled in action for making necessary adaptations to the home in order to make it accessible to the wounded veteran.
Contact your local Red Cross office or visit their website for more details.
ModestNeeds.Org Self-Sufficiency Grant
I love this program because it is designed specifically for those caught in-between being considered low-income or poverty and those who are more affluent. This organization awards grants to middle-income families that need to adapt their home in order to age in place independently and safely without spending their last dollar or wiping out their savings to do so.
Contact ModestNeeds.Org for more information
The Assisted Living Conversion for Eligible Multifamily Housing Projects (ACLP)
This program, which is under the direction of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is for seniors who need to make home adaptations or modifications in order to accommodate the needs they have as a result of aging. Funds can also be used for in-home caregivers that assist with cooking, cleaning or personal care.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
The Elks Club offer support of various kinds to its members. If you are a member of the Elks Lodge, contact your local chapter to find out what kind of assistance you may be eligible to receive for your home modifications.
These are just a few of the dozens (if not hundreds) of programs waiting to help…if you will just ask.