AARP - American Association of Retired Persons

05/30/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/30/2024 07:38

New National Survey: More Than Half of Veterans Are Unaware of Their Housing Benefits and a Quarter Need Financial Help for Home Modifications

WASHINGTON-More than half (60%) of veterans ages 45 and older are unaware that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers grant funding to modify their homes, according to a new AARP survey. Nearly a quarter (24%) of veterans need financial assistance to make home modifications to continue living in their homes safely and independently.

AARP launched the Veterans Home Modification Benefits Guide to help veterans and service members navigate the VA's $150 million in funding to buy, build or modify a home to meet their long-term needs. These grants can provide eligible veterans with up to $117,000 to pay for renovations such as adding grab bars in bathrooms, installing ramps or widening doorways to accommodate a wheelchair or walker.

"A majority of veterans want to receive long-term care at home, but often lack the means to adapt their homes to meet their needs," said Tim Lockwood, AARP Senior Advisor for Communications and Wyoming Air National Guard veteran. "This tool simplifies the often-challenging application process and helps veterans access critical financial support so they can live independently as they age."

AARP's Veterans Home Modification Benefits guide provides veterans, military families and their caregivers with detailed information on:

  • Eligibility requirements and how to apply for the VA's home modification grants and related programs.
  • How to identify necessary home modifications to meet current and future care needs.
  • How to get help from certified veterans' representatives who are experience and knowledgeable of the VA's benefit process.

Other key takeaways from the AARP survey include:

  • A majority (91%) of veterans 45+ say it is important for them to stay in their homes if they need long-term care.
  • Over 3 in 4 (77%) veterans ages 45+ surveyed are not familiar with the VA's adaptive housing grants for disabled veterans.
  • Nearly half (46%) of veterans ages 45+ need bathroom modifications to age in place or provide care for a loved one at home.
  • Current veteran caregivers ages 45+ report an even higher need for bathroom modifications (55%) to continue providing care.

View the full survey results and methodology here.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply for the VA's Specially Adapted Housing and home modification grant programs, visit AARP.org/VetsHomeBenefits or download the guide here.

For more information on AARP's resources for veteran and military caregivers:


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