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Home safety and improvement programs for seniors includes adaptations to homes that can make it easier and safer to manage activities of daily living such as bathing, cooking, and stair climbing.
Examples of home safety and improvements include installing grab bars and transfer benches in bathrooms, and ramps and handrails for home access. Alterations to the physical structure of the home can improve its overall safety and condition.
Medicare never covers home modifications, such as ramps or widened doors for improving wheelchair access. Though your doctor may suggest that home modifications may help due to your medical condition, Medicare does not include coverage for them under its durable medical equipment (DME) benefit.
Generally, Medicare will not pay for a wheelchair ramp. This is because Medicare Part B only subsidizes the cost of “Durable Medical Equipment” such as wheelchair ramps when they are deemed directly medically necessary by a licensed physician
To find money to repair your home, contact the Veteran's Affairs, USDA Rural Development, HUD and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. You can also go to Go to USA.Gov to find a home repair grant for your city and state.
Home improvement programs for seniors promotes independence allowing them to remain in their homes. The most important purpose of home improvement programs is to help prevent accidents such as senior falls. Research suggests that one-third to one-half of home accidents can be prevented by home modification and repair.
people too often live in older homes, 20 years or older, that
desperately need some types of repairs and modifications.
Home improvement programs for seniors can accommodate lifestyle
changes along with declining abilities to also increase comfort.
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