For some, an accessible home can prevent needing to move into a nursing home. ILCHV has two programs which can support home modifications that increase the accessibility of housing for people who need them to maintain or increase their independence.
Access to Home for Medicaid serves individuals whose income is at or below 80% of area median income (120 percent of area median income for veterans who are certified by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense as entitled to receive disability payments for a disability incurred in time of war); and who have a disability or have substantial difficulty with daily living activities due to aging. The assisted residential unit must be the primary, permanent residence of the eligible participant. Examples of modifications include: wheelchair ramps and lifts, handrails, doorway widening, and roll-in showers.
Access to Home for Heroes (Veterans) serves individuals who are Veterans; have income that is at or below 120 percent of area median income; and has a disability. The disability does not have to be service connected. The assisted residential unit must be the primary, permanent residence of the eligible participant. The primary residence may be owner-occupied or a rental unit.
If you want more information on Access to Home, call ILCHV and speak to Karen Garofallou, Director of Programs and Services.