State Assistance Programs for Home Modifications for Aging in Place

Page Reviewed / Updated - Apr. 2016

Overview

Approximately one-third of states have financial assistance programs, sometimes called nursing home diversion programs, whose objective is to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of the elderly (in nursing homes paid for by Medicaid). To that end these programs will help pay for home modifications that enable elderly and disabled persons to remain living in their homes. In addition, to helping seniors pay for environmental accessibility adaptations (formal language for home modifications), some of these programs help pay for assistive technologies (formal language for durable medical equipment).

Typically, the types of modifications covered by these programs include wheelchair ramps, bathroom re-models, stair-lifts, doorway widening and kitchen modifications. These programs may include grants or loans or sometimes a combination of grants and loans is provided.

 

Eligibility

Each state's program has different eligibility requirements, clicking on the program name below will take visitors to a detailed program page which discusses eligibility and benefits.  Generally speaking, there are the following types of requirements.  

  • Persons must be elderly or disabled.  
  • They must be living at home, renting a home or living in the home of a caregiver. They cannot be eligible if they reside in assisted living or a nursing home.  
  • Have annual or monthly income within the program's limits.  Some programs also consider the applicant's total financial resources (their "countable assets").

 

List of Programs

It is unfortunate that not every state offers an assistance programs and many of those which do offer assistance do so only for care services and not for home safety modifications. However, at last review as of March 2016, there were forty-one programs in twenty-five different states.

The following state based programs provide some level of financial assistance or services to help the elderly make home modifications to allow them to remain living in their homes. Some programs listed here provide financial assistance, but not for a specific purpose. Click on any of the program names to learn more.

Non-Medicaid State Assistance Programs for Home Modifications for Aging – Updated Apr. 2016

Alaska

Senior Access Program

Alzheimers Disease Related Dementias Mini-Grants

 

Arizona

Non-Medical HCBS

 

Connecticut

Home Care for Elders

Choices at Home Project

 

Florida

Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)

Home Care for the Elderly (HC)

 

Georgia

Non Medicaid HCBS

 

Illinois

Illinois Housing Home Modification Program

 

Indiana

CHOICES

 

Iowa

Iowa Able Foundation Loan Program

Senior Living / Case Management Program

 

Kentucky

Hart-Supported Living Program

 

Maine

Maine Home Repair and Elderly Grant

Maine Caregiver Respite

 

Maryland

Accessible Homes for Seniors

 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Home Care and Enhanced Community Options Programs

 

Minnesota

Alternative Care

Consumer Support Grant

 

Nebraska

Assistive Technology/Home Modifications Service

Disabled Persons and Family Support

 

Nevada

COPE

Assistive Technology for Independent Living

 

New Jersey

New Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving

 

New York

Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly

RESTORE Program

 

North Dakota

SPED

 

Ohio

 

Elderly Services Program

 

 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

Access Home Modification Program

Options Program

 

Rhode Island

Home and Community Care Co-Pay Program

 

Texas

DADS Services to Assist Independent Living

In-Home and Family Support

 

Utah

The Alternatives Program

 

Vermont

Home Access Program & Sue Williams Freedom Fund

 

Washington DC

Senior Citizens' Home Repair and Improvement

 

Wisconsin

AFCSP

Community Options Program (COP)

SSI Exceptional Expense Supplement

Family Care and Family Care Partnership