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1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents receiving Medicaid can get free safety modifications to their home. Examples of modifications include:

  • Handrails

  • Shower seats

  • Chair lifts

This program is called the Environmental Accessibility Adaptation Services through Medicaid and is offered by the Department of Health Care Finance.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • Your home is in DC. 

  • You are a senior (65+) or you are an adult (18+) with a disability.

  • Your individual monthly income is at or below $2,313. To calculate your income add together your wages, salaries, tips, union strike benefits, self-employment earnings, Veteran’s Administration benefits, private pensions, Social Security Income, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement, Civil Service Retirement, Interest, Dividends, Investments, and Income from rental properties. 

  • Your individual assets are valued at or below $4,000 or at or below $6,000 if you are married. Examples of assets include money in your checking, savings or investment accounts, and the cash value of your life insurance policies. If you own property, your primary residence is not counted as an asset as long as it is assessed at less than $878,000. All other property is counted. If you own one car, it is not counted. If you own more than one car, then the car with the highest average trade-in value (according to the National Automobile Dealers Official Used Car Guide) is counted. 

  • You have been denied renovations through the District’s Safe at Home program.


This program is open to homeowners and renters.

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Keywords: safety modifications, chairlift, handrail, older adult, physical disability, income limits, elderly, old, age-in-place, senior citizen, renovate, stairlift


This page was last updated April 2021.

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