Home Modifications and Aging in Place

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According to the U.S. Department of Aging, the majority of the aging population in the U.S. live in homes that are 20 years old or older; homes that will most likely need some upgrades for a person to age in place. Being able to remain in a home where families have been raised, memories made, and a sense of community has been established, can increase happiness and peace of mind.

The ability for an individual to remain in their home as they age is known as Aging in Place. The National Aging in Place Council defines Aging in Place as the ability to continue to live in one's home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.

While older adults benefit from aging in place, remaining in a home as you age is not just a concept for older adults. Baby boomers and younger adults can all consider modifications that can be made to their existing home in order to help them live comfortably in the home as they age.

Many modifications are relatively inexpensive, "low tech," and easy to install, while others are more complicated. Examples of home modifications include: having a no-step, no threshold entrance to the home and widening doorways throughout the house to make them accessible to wheelchairs and baby strollers. Other modifications include installing a hand-held shower and grab bars in the bathroom, installing pull-down shelving and pull-out cabinets in the kitchen, and installing lever handles on doors throughout the home.

Contractors/Organizations That Provide Home Repairs

The following is a list of contractors throughout the state of South Carolina that provide home modifications. This list is not inclusive of all contractors throughout the state. SCATP does not endorse contractors. The inclusion of contractors does not imply approval by SCATP nor does exclusion imply disapproval.

Anderson Interfaith Ministries

Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is a nonprofit organization that meets the needs of struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. The Emergency Repair program serves very low income, single-family, owner-occupied homes that have safety hazards not covered by insurance. AIM coordinates with Senior Solutions and area church groups, civic organizations and clubs to build ramps or make minor repairs to qualified applicants.

1202 South Murray Ave.
Anderson, SC 29624
Phone: (864) 226-2273
Fax: (864) 225-0349
www.aimcharity.org

Home Works of America

Home Works of America's mission is to show God's love by repairing homes of homeowners in need, assisting youth in their development, and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members.

P.O. Box 102
Irmo, SC 29063
Phone: (803) 781-4536
Fax: (803) 233-9389
www.homeworksofamerica.org

Kehoe Constructors, LLC

Kehoe Constructors, LLC, Provides new builds and home renovations.

P.O Box 2304
Lexington, SC 29071
Phone: (803) 951-0494
www.kehoeconstructors.com

Operation Home

The mission of Operation Home is to help people remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through the coordination of critical home repairs for low-income residents in Berkely, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties.

2120 Noisette Blvd., Suite 124
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 853-3211
www.operationhome.org

SC Access

The goal of SC Access is to provide useful information about various resources throughout the state. The link below provides additional resources for home repair/modification assistance.
https://scaccess.communityos.org/zf/taxonomy/detail/id/468129

Share Community Action Partnership

SHARE provides emergency repairs or major rehabilitation to homeowners in their service area, (Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties) who have incomes at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI). Emergency repairs or major rehabilitation projects can include an HVAC unit in disrepair, a plumbing crisis, water damage from an old roof, or electrical problems.

Greenville Main Office
254 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864) 269-0700
www.sharesc.org

The Deep Well Project

The Deep Well Project provides a variety of repair and improvement services. Cases are considered on an individual needs basis. All situations are researched and determinations are made in a knowledgeable, understanding and fair manner.

154A Beach City Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Phone: (843) 785-2849
http://www.deepwellproject.org/

Wesley Farnum

Wesley Farnum owns and operates a homebuilding and remodeling company.

770 Columbia Rd
St. Matthews, SC 29135
Phone: (803) 331-8081


Ramps

The following resources provide information about ramps and/or funding for ramps.

The Ability Experience

Originally called Push America, the Ability Experience is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. Push America was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. They offer several construction grants, viewable on their website.

PO Box 241368
Charlotte, NC 28224
Phone: 704-504-2400
www.abilityexperience.org

Amramp

Massachusetts-based Amramp is a leading manufacturer of modular steel wheelchair ramps that can adapt to a variety of home setups. They also provide a listing of funding sources by state.

202 W. First St.
South Boston, MA 02127
Phone: 888-715-7598 (Toll-free)
http://www.amramp.com/

Anderson Interfaith Ministries

Anderson Interfaith Ministries coordinates with area church groups, civic organizations and clubs to build ramps or make minor repairs on an as needed basis. AIM seeks dedicated groups to volunteer their time for this need.

1202 South Murray Ave.
Anderson, SC 29624
Phone: (864) 226-2273
Fax: (864) 225-0349
Website: www.aimcharity.org

Community Ramps Building project

This website compiles numerous organizations across the country that help to build accessibility ramps for those without the means to afford it themselves
http://www.ramps.org/free-ramps.htm

Diligent Hands/Gracious Hearts

They provide free basic lawn care, home repair and ramps to elderly and individuals with disabilities in Greenville.

1823 Augusta St,
Greenville, SC 29605
(864) 241-1399
http://getconnected.sccfonline.org/volunteer/agency/display/diligent-hands-gracious-hearts/?agency_id=5807

EmmanuWheel

The mission of EmmanuWheel is to provide wheelchair ramps to mobility-impaired individuals who cannot afford the cost of the ramps.

566 Rawl Road
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: (803) 606-7551
www.emmanuwheel.org

Greenville County Redevelopment Authority

The Owner-Occupied Home Repair Loan Program is available to residents who need assistance with significant home repair projects (total cost not to exceed $25,000, including grant funds, if applicable)

301 University Ridge # 2500,
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 242-9801
http://www.gcra-sc.org/

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Anderson is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes.

210 S Murray Ave,
Anderson, SC 29624
(864) 375-1177
http://hfh-sc-ande.huterra.com/

Home Works of America

Home Works is a nonprofit founded in 1996 to repair homes of homeowners in need, assist youth in their development, and empower communities to meet the needs of their members. Home Works is dedicated to assisting individuals who require home repairs and meet the following criteria: own their home, live in the home, and are on a fixed income (such as SSI and SSDI).

P.O. Box 102
Irmo, SC 29063
Phone: (803) 781-4536
Fax: (803) 233-9389
www.homeworksofamerica.org

LightHouse Ministries

Lighthouse Ministries Ramp Assistance Medical Program (RAMP) is a reimbursement grant that is primarily funded by the United Way of Florence County. Their program assists low-income Florence County disabled residents to gain safe mobility in and out of their homes. It is coordinated with the assistance of Lighthouse Ministries' volunteers.

201 East Elm Street
Florence, SC 29506
Phone: (843) 629-0830
Fax: (843) 629-9254
www.lighthouseflorence.org

Little River Lions Club

They provide ramps to individuals in Longs and Little River, SC.

P.O. Box 972
Little River, SC 29566
Phone: (843) 798-2397
http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/littleriversc/

Operation Home

Operation Home's mission is to help people remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through the coordination of critical home repairs for low-income residents of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. Operation Home receives referrals from a wide network of providers, including home health agencies, utility companies, churches, schools, disability service centers, and other social service agencies.

2120 Noisette Blvd., Suite 124
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 853-3211
operationhome.org

Palmland Community Development Foundation

They provide grants between $6,000 and $20,000 for emergency home repairs that are "immediately needed and necessary." They serve the following counties (Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Kershaw, Sumter and Orangeburg), but on request may be able to help people in other counties.

5223 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 764-6393
http://www.palmlandcdf.com/

Project Vision

They provide low-income disabled senior citizens, in Aiken County, with essential home repairs

235 Barnwell Ave NW
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 648-8331
http://www.uwaiken.org/project-vision

Rebuild Upstate

Rebuild Upstate exclusively repairs and improves existing homes. They serve children, families, and seniors in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties of upstate South Carolina.

601 Green Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601
864.603.2708
http://rebuildupstate.org/

Share Community Action Partnership

Share provides emergency repairs or major rehabilitation to homeowners in their service area of Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties for people who have incomes at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI). Emergency repairs or major rehabilitation can include an HVAC unit in disrepair, a plumbing crisis, water damage from an old roof, or electrical problems

Greenville Main Office
254 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone :( 864) 269-0700
Fax: (864) 295-6151
www.sharesc.org


General Information

The following organizations and websites provide more information about topics including home modifications, design, and building.

Able South Carolina

Able South Carolina provides consultation, site review, and recommendations for removing physical barriers from public and private buildings to meet American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) structural guidelines.

136 Stonemark Lane Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 800-681-6805
Phone: (803) 779-5121
http://www.able-sc.org/

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization that strengthens communities and fights for the issues for individuals 50 and older such as healthcare, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse

601 E. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
www.aarp.org

Builders Industry Association of Central South Carolina

The mission of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Columbia is to serve their members, to enhance the environment for conducting business in the building industry and to maintain housing as a top priority in the greater Columbia area. The HBA of Greater Columbia brings together people from all phases of the building industry to represent their business interests and to promote programs, policies, and education for housing consumers to obtain safe and affordable housing.

P.O. Box 725
Columbia, SC 29202-0725
(803) 256-6238
www.columbiabuilders.com

Center for Universal Design

The NC State University College of Design teaches design thinking in an interdisciplinary environment, preparing future designers.

NC State University
College of Design
Campus Box 8613
Raleigh, NC 27695-8613
1-800-647-6777
https://design.ncsu.edu/welcome-college-design

Disability.Gov

Disability.Gov is the U. S. federal government's website for information on nationwide disability programs and services. It connects people to helpful resources on topics including home modifications and repairs, disability benefits, and finding a job.
https://www.disability.gov

Easter Seals Society of SC

The Easterseals and Century 21 System's Easy Access Housing for Easier Living Program provides homeowners with helpful educational resources and tips about making an accessible home a reality.

3020 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203
1-800-951-4090
http://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/making-life-accessible/easy-access-housing.html

Home Builders Association of South Carolina

The Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) is a professional, non-profit association committed to promoting housing for people of all income levels and the production of quality homes. The HBASC membership is comprised of home builders, trade contractors, suppliers and industry professionals.

625 Taylor St, Suite A
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 771-7408
Fax: (803) 254-5762
www.hbaofsc.com

Home Mods.org

Homemods.org is a university-based and non-profit effort dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living for people of all ages and abilities. The site offers training and educational opportunities for professionals. It also serves as an information clearinghouse on home modification to equip professionals and consumers with a comprehensive inventory of resources such as a National Directory of Home Modification and Repairs.
http://www.homemods.org/

National Association of Home Builders

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) helps its members build communities. They work to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing.
https://www.nahb.org/en/about-nahb.aspx

SC Access

The goal of SC Access is to provide useful information about various resources throughout the state.
https://scaccess.communityos.org/cms/

SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)

SCDDSN is the state agency that plans develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities including people with intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and conditions related to each of these four disabilities.

3440 Harden Street Ext
Columbia SC 29240
803-898-9600 Voice/TDD
www.state.sc.us/ddsn/

SC Independent Living Council

136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 217-3209
Toll Free: (800) 994-4322
http://scsilc.com/

SC Office of Veterans Affairs

The mission of the Division of Veterans' Affairs is to advocate for the state's veterans. This advocacy includes informing veterans, families, and survivors of benefits, initiating and processing veterans' claims for benefits, and responding to inquiries about the veteran's benefits.

Brown State Office Building
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 226
Columbia, SC 29201
http://va.sc.gov/

SC Vocational Rehabilitation Home Modification Loan Program

The Vocational Rehabilitation Department may pay for ramps and some home modifications for people who qualify for their services, if these modifications enable the person to become or stay employed or attend higher education.

1330 Boston Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29170
Phone: (803) 896-6080
http://scvrd.net/

USC Supported Community Living Initiative Resource Manuals

The USC Supported Community Living Initiative Resources Manuals contain resources for housing, utility assistance, federal and state community resources, emergency assistance, independent living, assistive technology and self-advocacy groups.
http://uscm.med.sc.edu/supported_living/resource_manuals.asp

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Development

The US Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Development assists approved lenders in providing low- and moderate-income households the opportunity to own adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary dwellings as their primary residence in eligible rural areas.

The Section 502 Direct Loan Program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant's repayment ability.

1835 Assembly Street, Suite 1007
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 765-5163
Fax: (803) 765-5633
www.rurdev.usda.gov


Funding Sources for Home Modifications

Elderly/Disabled Home and Community Based Waiver

An individual must be age 18 or older, be financially eligible for Medicaid, and need the type of care typically received in a nursing home. A waiting list applies. This waiver includes environmental modifications.
Link

Head and Spinal Cord Injured Home and Community Based Waiver

This program is designed to assist individuals to remain independent in the community who would otherwise require services in a nursing facility or intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities. DDSN has the primary responsibility for the daily operation of the HASCI program. DHHS provides administrative oversight and monitors the program to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the waiver recipients. Specialized Supplies and Modifications are included in this waiver.
Link

Mental Retardation/Related Disabilities Home and Community Based Waiver

The waiver provides a broad range of special home and community based waiver services, including environmental modifications, to Medicaid eligible individuals with mental retardation or related disabilities who need the level of services typically provided in an ICF/MR facility, regardless of age, to help them live in the community rather than in an institution. DDSN has the primary responsibility for the daily operation of the MR/RD program.
Link

Mechanical Ventilator Waiver

This waiver assists people aged 21 and older, who are dependent upon mechanical ventilation, by providing minor physical adaptations to the home.
Link

South Carolina Assistive Technology & WorkABILITY Loan Programs

(Alternative Financing Programs from Allied Opportunities, Inc.)

Provides funding for all types of AT items, such as vehicles, equipment, and home modifications. The item requested must relate to the type of disability and be intended to enhance the quality of life for the AT User and/or Authorized Representative of the person with a disability. The loans range from $1,000 up to $30,000. Most applications are for purchasing modified vehicles.

Contact:

Clayton Knight, Loan Program Manager
cknight@alliedinc.net
P.O. Box 3197
West Columbia, SC 29171
Phone: (803)726-7143
Fax: (803)822-8948
http://www.alliedopportunities.com/

South Carolina Community Choices Medicaid Waiver

This waiver provides home modifications to increase accessibility. Items and services provided include ramps, grab bars, and widening of doorways.
https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/medicaid-waivers/sc-community-choices-waiver.html

South Carolina Community Supports Waiver

This waiver provides for environmental modifications including modifications to the home and vehicle to accommodate for a person's disability.
https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/medicaid-waivers/sc-community-supports.html

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