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Financial assistance for disability remodeling does exist. It will be challenging to receive, but stick at it. Photo by woodleywonderworks on Flickr.These days, more households are expanding to include multiple generations under one roof. In some cases, this involves caring for people with disabilities, residential renovation questions and financial concerns. It's smart to look into financial assistance for disability remodeling.

There are many questions you may have regarding the possibility of a residential renovation and the cost to upgrade your home. Reply! is a helpful resource that can assist in locating a contractor. You can access information for services in your area by simply entering your local zip code and selecting a few options from a drop-down menu. 

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Some options regarding financial assistance for disability remodeling include contacting local agencies, organizations, departments and associations in your area:

    • Energy and social services departments about programs for elder care.
    • Department of community development about grants for homes renovations and remodeling.
    • Home equity conversion mortgages to access additional funding for home renovations.
    • Agency on aging about funds through Title III of the Older Americans Act.

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and their analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, there was a 25 percent increase in multigenerational homes in this past decade. Two of the reasons cited included the economy and the need to take care of an ailing parent.

If you and your family are in a multigenerational home or this is a possibility in your future, there are a few options to contemplate. To start, you may wish to evaluate your home by reviewing each room and the need for or the ease of its respective features:

    • Check the ease of usage for faucets, cabinet doorknobs and stove controls in the kitchen.
    • Assess bathroom options, including grab bars for shower, bathtub and toilet safety.
    • Consider additional lower shelves in closets for easy availability.
    • Ensure there is proper lighting in the living room, bedroom and kitchen areas.

Some remodeling requirements are minor and not as much of a financial burden. Other tasks, such as home renovations, may be more difficult to bear especially under difficult financial constraints. Some of the top priorities to think through include:

    • Widening doorways to enable entry for wheelchairs.
    • Adjusting countertop heights to allow access to the kitchen stove and sink.
    • Lowering light switches and electrical outlets.
    • Installing cabinets below kitchen countertops.
    • Installing an indoor or outdoor stair lift.

These are just a few concerns to take into account when considering a residential renovation. Accommodating disabilities can be a daunting task. However, with the right help you can remodel your home to suit your loved ones and their disabilities. Financial assistance for disability remodeling is out there. Start by requesting several quotes from area contractors so you can stay within budget.

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About the Author

Dale Eklund is a former construction manager with more than 20 years of experience building, remodeling and landscaping homes. To share home improvement ideas, find him on Google+.