Let’s face it;
we all want to “age in place” in our own homes. As we age and we watch our parents age,
walking and climbing stairs can get difficult.
that home renovations — handrails, chair lifts for stairs or roll-in showers —
can keep you safely in your home or apartment, active in the community and out
of a nursing home. Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization
for people over 65. Many go from the hospital to the nursing home and never
make it back home. The top two fears of most older Rhode Islanders are losing
their independence and going to a nursing home.
modifications can be a little pricey on a fixed income. That’s why the Rhode Island
Livable Home Modification Program is so important for our seniors and those living
with disabilities. Under this program, the state reimburses you 50 percent of
the total cost of your home modification, up to $5,000. For the past three
years, I’ve cosponsored legislation (with Rep. Joseph McNamara); and the governor
also puts it in her budget.
Homes Modification Grant Program is administered by the Governor’s Commission
on Disabilities. It helps Rhode
Islanders with disabilities and seniors access money for home modifications that help
keep them out of nursing homes.
thinking about an accessibility project for your home such as an indoor chair
lift, outdoor ramps or an accessible bathroom, you really need to consider
applying for this money. Applications
are approved or denied within three business days. Ninety-five percent of applications are
approved and the majority of projects are completed within one year.
Certificate of Approval has been issued, you then hire your contractor to do the work, pay the contractor, and then submit
the bill to Governor’s Commission on Disabilities for 50 percent payment, up to
$5,000. So if your project costs $6,000, you’ll be reimbursed $3,000. If your
project is $12,000 you’ll receive $5,000, the maximum available.
When I visit
my senior centers in Jamestown and Middletown, I take applications with me and
remind folks that the money is there for home modification projects. A number
of my constituents have taken advantage of the program and tell me it’s pretty
effortless. Once you submit all the necessary documents for the modification
project, you will be reimbursed within 30 to 45 days.
Gleason is the coordinator for the Livable Home Modification Program. She gets
it. Email her for an application Alyssa.Gleason@gcd.ri.gov or call 462-0103.
eligibility is pretty high and does not include your savings. So if you
have an annual income of $78,700 or less, you qualify. If you and one dependent
have a household income of $89,950, you qualify.
take advantage of the money that is in the state budget for people 65+ or those
with disabilities to retrofit your home or apartment. We need you in our
Rep. Deborah Ruggiero represents
District 74-Jamestown /Middletown. She can be reached at email@example.com or 423-0444.