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My mom lives in Pennsylvania. She had a stroke and my sister needs a ramp to get into her house; they are very low income. Does anyone know where she might find assistance?
It sounds like Medicare and Medicaid may have programs to help with this situation. I would also talk to your state or county housing department to see if they have any resources for you.
I also found this link, which looks to be just what you are looking for:
I hope they can help you.
I work for a private duty care firm. One of their clients has cerebral palsy. His mother uses a walker and cannot physically take care of him completely. Their house is in need of some repair. They have a ramp in front that is getting old and the wood is starting to weaken.
Your best bet is to go to HUD. They have an assistance program for low income or disable people. I also know there are a few government agencies that will give low-interest loans or even offer a certain amount of money to do home repairs if the people qualify. I would start off with HUD and if you can't get help go to the offices in your state that help handicap people. I don't know where you live so I can't look this up for you. If you let me know what state you live in I can offer a bit more help.
HUD.org or Habitat for Humanity
Since you have not stated where you live most of the suggestions will be generic and could apply to your area but using your zip code for assistance in your particular area will supply you with local help agencies and these usually are much faster in getting help for people like this.
Contact your local United Way or local branch of the cerebral palsy foundation. Links for both are below:
I have a friend with MS who had success in having the MS society make repairs to his bathroom to make it accessible...they may not be able to help you with ALL the repairs, but could help with some.
Sometimes a local Rotary or Kiwanis or Lions Club group offers grants and labor to help people in the community with needs like you are describing.
If the mom or the son have health insurance...you could try go call their customer services team and ask if the insurance company has any resources that can help them. Some larger insurance companies have resources that they can recommend. The number would be on the back of the insurance card. They most likely would NOT speak to you (HIPAA PRIVACY LAW), but if the mom or the son is able to speak, you can listen to the call on speaker with their permission and guide the call.
You are very kind to help these folks!! I will send up lots of prayers that you find the help they need!! Good luck!!
just by being willing and able to research for them you are doing a great service.
obvious places to look are
- local housing authorities
- local habitat for humanity
- any disabilities advocacy group (in particular cerebral palsy)
- any disease victims/survivor group (in particular cerebral palsy)
IE here's a good one ucp.org/