Currently in congress, there is a push for a bill that could be of major benefit to seniors called the Senior Accessible Housing Act. It is a bill that, if passed, would go a long way towards enabling elders to live at home independently. It allows a $30,000, lifetime tax credit to go toward making modifications to homes to make them safer for seniors. The bill’s language includes the following: installation of handrails, entry and exit ramps, non-slip flooring, grip bars, widening of doorways, and more. These modifications would allow seniors to be able to live at home with better safety.
The idea behind this bill is that, by allowing these changes, it would save money in the long run by preventing accidents. Falls and accidents are often major medical events for seniors. By allowing for adjustments such as these, the idea is that they would stop those falls and accidents from happening in the first place, thus cutting down the costs of medical care.
Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL-13) was the author of the bill. It was quickly co-sponsored by Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-02), and both of them presented the bill to the rest of congress for consideration. Since then, other representatives such as: G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01), Dan Donovan (R-NY-11), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-01), among others, have gone on to co-sponsor the bill as well. The coalition group HomesRenewed has also taken up the mantle for this bill.