From Grab Bars to Ramps, Home Changes Keep Seniors Safe
Written by Admin | September 22, 2017 | In The News
Modifications at home make life a little easier for seniors and adults with disabilities. These modifications may range from simple to complex changes. Examples are:
- grab bar installations
- appropriate placement of safety equipment
- bath bench
- toilet seat riser
- bed rails
- chair risers
- bath conversions into showers
- kitchen cupboard adjustments
- door hinges that open completely flat
- construction of handrails and wheelchair ramps.
Independent Living, Inc. (ILI) offers a wonderful home modification program for seniors and people with disabilities. A key aspect that makes the ILI program unique is its staff: a manager trained in occupational therapy; an occupational therapy assistant who conducts on-site evaluations, and a licensed carpenter to do installations and identify building issues requiring repair and/or replacement.
Another key aspect of the Independent Living program is the availability of grants to help pay for expenses for people who meet certain qualifications. ILI receives funding for home modifications from city and county sources to assist low and moderate-income individuals.
In general, the grants are available for individuals who:
- Are age 62 and older, or any age with a disability
- Have an annual gross income that meets income eligibility guidelines (for one person that may range from $17,000 to $47,600 per year)
For individuals who qualify for a grant, there is a participatory assessment fee that is adjusted on a sliding scale based on income. The fee ranges from $20 to $70.
The goal of the home safety modification program is to adapt homes to make them more accessible and safe for individuals with limitations in movement, strength, dexterity, eyesight or hearing. To learn more about this program and how it can help you or someone you care about live safely at home, contact the department manager, Emily Auck, at 608-268-9635 direct or call the main office at Independent Living at 608-274-7900.