Aging in Place Critical Home Repair

Everyone deserves the opportunity to age with dignity in their own home and community.   

Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity works with Pierce County homeowners age 60+ and disabled Veterans of the US Military to create a safe and livable environment where they can age independently in the comfort and stability of their own home.

One in three adults age 60+ will suffer a fall at home resulting in injury. Adaptive home modifications and repairs such as grab bars, railings, improved lighting, zero step entries, and wheelchair ramps can greatly reduce or eliminate many of these mishaps and resulting injuries. Our program provides both Environmental Modifications and Critical Home Repairs.

Environmental Modifications are physical adaptations to a home necessary to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the resident and allow them to function with greater independence. Environmental Modifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Access ramps
  • Handrails and walkways
  • Door widening for wheelchair accessibility
  • Plumbing modifications to improve accessibility for bathing

Critical Home Repairs are essential repairs necessary to ensure the structural integrity and/or ongoing livability of a home. Critical Home Repairs include, but are not limited to:

  • Roof, gutter repair/replacement
  • Repair of structural defects or damage
  • Repair or replacement of HVAC components or hot water heaters

Following are examples of work not covered under this program:

  • Painting (exterior or interior)
  • Cabinetry
  • Fences
  • Cosmetic repairs not necessary for health or safety

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply here.

 


There was a time that Kevin, a disabled senior and military veteran, would have been able to repair his home’s second-story deck himself. With Aging in Place, Kevin was able to assist where he could as Habitat’s repair team added new supports to his deck.

“His injuries prevent him from doing the work himself and I wasn’t comfortable with him sitting out on the deck as it was. Now he has somewhere he can go to sit and enjoy the nice weather,” said Kevin’s wife, Joice.