The Nevada Assistive Technology for Independent Living (AT/IL) Program is a statewide program for permanently disabled residents of Nevada. Through this program, assistive technology is provided to help an individual remain living independently in their home or to help an individual transition back to living independently from a care facility, such as a nursing home. Assistive technology is something that helps an individual maintain or increase his or her level of functioning. Examples of assistive technology include walk in tubs / roll in showers, grab bars, stair lifts, wheelchairs, hearing aids, special computer equipment, fall alerts, medication management systems and many other tools and devices. The National Institutes of Health offers a more exhaustive definition here.
While this program is not specific to the elderly, assistive technology can be very instrumental in allowing disabled elderly individuals, such as those who have had a stroke, to live independently. Through this program, modifications are made to homes and vehicles in order to make them more accessible.
This program is funded by the Disability Services Unit of the Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), and is administered through two non-profit organizations, Capability Health and Human Services and CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada. Capability Health and Human Services calls the program, Capability Enhancement for Independent Living, and CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada refers to it as the Independent Living Program.
Homeownership is not a requirement. Those living in a rental home are still eligible for this program, but must have approval of the landlord for modifications. Income level does not impact eligibility but does determine if a co-payment will be required.
Priority is given to applicants who are currently residing in a care facility or face significant risk of being placed in a care facility.
The Nevada Assistive Technology for Independent Living Program provides a wide variety of services, modifications, and equipment in order to help eligible applicants function independently.
A Case Coordinator is available to assist the applicant with setting goals to live independently and determining the devices / services / modifications that are needed to make this happen. Help with technology, such as installation, as well as information, may be provided. Assistance is also provided to locate and coordinate needed suppliers and contractors and to obtain bids. Referrals may be made if the services needed are not provided via this program.
If an eligible individual is living in a rental home, modifications are capped at $3,000.
For additional information about the Nevada Assistive Technology for Independent Living Program, click here. The application process is managed by two non-profit organizations dependent of one’s location within Nevada. In the southern region of the state, contact Capability Health and Human Services at 702-677-3560 or click here. For residents in Northern Nevada, contact the CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada at 775-829-2273 ext. 108 or click here.
Depending on available funding and caseload, there may be a wait list.