Home Modifications and Repair

MAKING HOME MODIFICATIONS

Home modifications can be as simple as replacing doorknobs with levers and adding grab bars in the bathroom or as involved as building an accessory dwelling.

  1. Evaluate your loved one’s needs. Consider mobility, balance, physical strength, eyesight, etc.
  2. Assess the home and list modifications needed to ensure the safety and livability of the home.

Common home modifications include:

  • Installing a wheelchair ramp
  • Installing grab bars in bathrooms
  • Adding traction or non-skid strips on slick flooring
  • Adding/adapting lighting for increased visibility and security
  • Installing auto shut off appliances
  • Widening doorways

** Download our Home Safety Checklist

PAYING FOR MODIFICATIONS

Private pay is the most common way to pay for modifications. Assistance may be available through:

  • Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers
  • Medicare/Medicare Advantage Benefits for Home Modifications
  • Veterans Programs for Home Modifications
  • Grants through local non-profit and foundation programs in your community

When no assistance is available, you may consider a reverse mortgage or home equity line of credit. Go to our article on Paying for Long-Term Care for information about reverse mortgage.