Where to Find Funding for Home Health Tech
The VA offers funding to help disabled veterans live independently; other sources of public and private funding are available for home health technology.
We keep pointing to Cybermation’s Tom Ardolf, who has successfully chased down private and public funding for his new Cyber Health division.
We noted recently that Cybermation’s home state of Minnesota just made $187 million available for technologies that facilitate aging in place.
Now we’ve learned about funding from the VA that could be tapped for helping disabled soldiers live more comfortably in their homes.
Aging in Place specialist Stephanie Borden reports:
Recently, I’ve discovered that some veterans will qualify for programs such as the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing grants, providing up to $67,780 for improvements geared toward fall prevention, such as replacing steps with ramps, installing bathroom grab bars, replacing doorknobs and faucets with levers, improving lighting, widening doorways to allow for wheelchairs and scooters, and raising electrical outlets. Funds are also available for limited remodeling of a family member’s home if the veteran will be living there. The federal government is supporting aging-in-place by making many home modifications deductible this tax year.
The VA supports aging-in-place not only for veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, but also for our young men and women whose deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have been cut short by devastating injuries, including loss of limb, that would have killed them in previous conflicts. Aging-in-place strategies are helping some of these young heroes return to civilian life in the comfort and dignity of their private homes rather than spending months or years as rehab facility patients.
You can find more information about the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing Program here.
Ingenium Care found funding from the Department of Defense, Veteran Affairs.
We know that Ingenium Care, whose home health system is based on the Control4 automation system, has received grants from the Department of Defense to assist veterans with various cognitive disabilities such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The money is out there. As Cybermation’s Ardolf will tell you, you have to knock on a lot of doors but if you’re persistent you can find it.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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