Aging In Place (AIP) Frequently Asked Questions
What is AIP?
The Centers for Disease Control defines aging in place as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely and independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
At Habitat for Humanity Aging in Place is systems, procedures and funding to support Habitat affiliates in serving older adults (55+).
When and how did AIP at HFH begin?
In order to better serve older homeowners seeking repairs, HFHI identified an Aging in Place Initiative as a strategic priority for our work in the United States.
What is the difference between general repairs vs AiP repair/modification for someone over the age of 65?
Repairs require a home assessment before work begins. For AIP we recommend a holistic assessment with the older adult homeowner. A holistic assessment includes partnering with other agencies who provide services to older adults.
Modifications and repairs are different. Modification examples include: grab bars, lever hands and faucets, widening doorways, no step shower, zero step entrance. General repairs may include broken step, hole in the floor, roofing, broken window, etc.
How do I apply for AIP?
Applicants must own (and occupy) their home, must fall within our income guidelines (below) and must be current on taxes and home insurance.
See our Habitat Repair Team page for more details or contact MAHFH at 785-537-7545 or for more details.