Home Modifications

by Cheryl S
(Milton Fl)

I was diagnosed Nov 2012 and have quickly progressed to a wheelchair full time. We were not prepared for this and have no insurance. I have applied for disability, but was turned down once and have re-applied. My question is about home modifications.


We have one bath and it is too small to get a wheelchair in, so I must transfer to an office chair at the door to get to shower or toilet and it is a bit scary. I have fallen out 2x. My husband is unable to pick me up because of back problems and if he goes down we are really in trouble.

Q: Is there any agency or program who can help?

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Mar 19, 2015
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Handicap Accessible Home Modifications
by: Akrista

Hi Cheryl,
I know it has been two years since you asked your question. I apologize for just now getting to it. I guess life was happening at the time and I didn't realize I hadn't come back to reply.

If you get an update that this post was answered, can you give us an update on your situation? How are you and your husband getting on? Have you had modifications done or moved to a more accessible home? Was your disability approved?

What I would have suggested back then would have been to contact the National MS Society and become a member. They have been such a big help to Cir and I over the years. He has gotten an electric scooter through the MS Loan Closet as well as a few other things - DME (durable medical equipment).

We would have gotten a ramp or lift for our car, however, ended up getting another vehicle instead before that went through. They have provided us with the names of other places that could help with housing and modifications - Tri-County Independent Living Center for one.

They are advocates for the disability community in that they sometimes provide equipment if they have it available (i.e. shower chairs, grab bars, etc.). They will also provide you with a list of housing in your area that is handicap accessible. Just look up Tri-County Independent Living Center for your particular area.

If you have been approved for disability by now you should have insurance which will cover an aid to come and help you with your daily needs. It will also cover any DME you need, as well as some home modifications.

Depending on your income, you may be eligible for HUD housing which would provide handicap accessible housing for you on a subsidy. In that case you would not need modifications done. The place you would live in would already be made accessible.

I do hope you have already found a suitable place that is safe and most of your problems been solved. And again, I apologize for the lateness of the reply.

Take care and give us an update if you can,

Akrista

Additon: Just Googled your city and state and came up with this page - Able Trust. Hope this helps and all is well.

Mar 23, 2015
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Home Medical Equipment Resources
by: Anonymous

Hi Cheryl and Akrista.
It looks like Cheryl lives in Florida, but if there are any readers in Michigan, Wisconsin or Northern Indiana needing DME they can go to LoanClosets.org to find free or low-cost medical equipment lending programs in their communities.

Mar 23, 2015
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Thanks for the Tip
by: Akrista

Great resource! And it seems that if you do an internet or google search for "loan closet" or "loan closets" or "temporary loan closet" in your state or county, you will come up with lots of places in each state. So thank you again.

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