7 Sources of Home Repair Assistance for Seniors

home repair assistance for seniors

Home modifications help seniors live safely and independently

Home repairs and modifications help seniors live in their homes for as long as possible.

Making your older adult’s home safer and more accessible reduces fall risk, prevents accidents, and increases independence.

In addition, home updates can reduce energy usage, which lowers utility bills.

The good news is that there are many financial assistance programs available to help people get needed home modifications.

We found 7 organizations that offer home repair assistance for seniors. Contact them directly to get necessary updates that will improve your older adult’s safety and quality of life.




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7 sources of home repair assistance for seniors

1. Area Agency on Aging
Contact the county’s Area Agency on Aging to find out about home modification and repair funds provided by the Older Americans Act.

Grants may also be available through other local government programs. Check with the city or county housing or community development department.

 

2. Home energy update assistance programs
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households pay for heating and cooling energy costs, energy crisis assistance, weatherization, and energy-related home repairs.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) gives financial assistance to update homes so they’ll be more energy efficient and weatherized.

 

3. Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization that helps with repairs and home modifications to promote health, safety, and independence.

 

4. U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Section 504 Home Repair program provides grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to fix health and safety hazards.

It also provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes.

 

5. Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare and Medicaid won’t pay for home modifications, but they will pay for durable medical equipment with a doctor’s prescription.

That could include a bath transfer bench, toilet safety frame, hospital bed, walker, wheelchair, and more.

Talk with your older adult’s doctor to find out if durable medical equipment could be used to improve their health and safety at home.

 

6. Sliding scale and reduced fee contractor services
Some contractors are willing to do home modifications for seniors at a reduced fee or on a sliding scale, depending on their income.

When calling contractors for estimates, ask if this is an option for your older adult.

 

7. Insurance
Some long-term care insurance policies cover some home modifications. Check your older adult’s policy for details.

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: City of Arvada

 

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46 Comments

  • Reply December 8, 2018

    Anonymous

    Father, please comfort these people and provide for them in this hour of need. Help those that are willing to accept your help. In the name of Yahweh, I pray. Amen.

  • Reply November 27, 2018

    Doretha Stone

    I’m 67 years old. I have a leak. The city says it’s on my side I live on a small income and raise a child The city turned my water off a month ago i don’t have the funds. We have to carry water everyday. Somebody please help us.

  • Reply October 18, 2018

    Christine

    We must do our own research. It’s not Daily Caring who does our work, they only give us some tools to help us research financial help from websites who do offer funds, loans, and grants! Do not be unkind to D.C. Using harsh words to them is very hurtful and unnecessary. They are trying to help you HELP YOUR SELF..We must be thankful to these fine folks. They can’t come to you. They offer their kind words and a list of resources for us to read and places to go to get help with our home problems.. PLEASE! If you are helpless, you must find a caregiver, such as a grown child or find people from agencies like Department on Ageing who find you and I free help with our research.

    • Reply October 18, 2018

      DailyCaring

      Thank you so much for your kind words ❤️ We sincerely hope that these organizations will be able to provide helpful services for those who cannot otherwise afford the home repairs.

  • Reply October 1, 2018

    Mohd koussar

    Help mee i am a poor person

  • Reply October 1, 2018

    Mimi

    This was really a good article. there are things that I can use for future reference

  • Reply September 28, 2018

    Tracy Slowinski

    Hi I am 58 years old and am in need of some major home repairs. My roof is leaking. Part of the kitchen and dining room ceilings have fallen. I have no close family. I only have my monthly disability income which doesn’t covers all the bills or food, and my only frill is a radio. Winter is coming. Where could I get a grant that the government gives very low income people. My free government phone only gives me 1 gigabyte of data and 250minutes of phone time each month. Please help me Tracy

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