Home Modification and Repairs for Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for State Units on Aging: This report by the USC Fall Prevention Center of Excellence and ADvancing States reports on a national survey
NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES/ AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES DIVISION (State Unit on Aging)
State Units on Aging (SUAs) are designated state-level agencies that develop and administer state plans that advocate for and provide assistance, including home modifications or repairs, to older residents, their families, and adults with physical disabilities. SUAs administer funds, including Older Americans Act funds, which may be used to support home modification or repair services through local Area Agencies on Aging and other state and local entities. Program(s) with home modification or repairs include:
1. Assistive Technology for Independent Living (AT/IL) Program
Program Description: The statewide program supports an individual’s choice to live in their community. Case coordination is provided through non-profit community partners C*A*R*E* Chest of Sierra Nevada and Easter Seals. The program provides assistance with home modifications so that the individual can care for themselves or be cared for in their homes and community rather than in a care facility.
Population Served: Nevada residents are eligible if they have a disability that causes a substantial functional limitation and if they lack other resources.
2. Home and Community-Based Waiver Program
Program Description: This waiver provides non-medical services to older persons to help them maintain independence in their own homes as an alternative to nursing home placement. Services may include environmental accessibility adaptations.
Population Served: Nevada residents age 65 and older and individuals with physical disabilities ages 0-64.
3. Nevada Assistive Technology (AT) Council
Program Description: The AT Council’s mission is to provide consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of assistive technology programs which includes home modification or repair efforts.
Population Served: Nevada residents.
NEVADA STATE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)
The Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative and Aging and Disability Services Division provide a variety of assistive technology (AT) services to support people to live more independently within their communities
The State Assistive Technology Grant Program, funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, supports comprehensive, statewide programs in each state that improve the provision of assistive technology (often home modification-related) to individuals with disabilities of all ages.
NEVADA STATE FALL PREVENTION COALITION
Nevada Fall Prevention Initiatives
For an up to date list of all state fall prevention coalitions, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/resources/list-of-state-falls-prevention-coalitions/