With 93% of Canadian seniors opting to stay in their homes their living spaces will need to reflect their lifestyle.
We are honoured to be trusted with the task of making it possible for seniors to stay living safely, and confidently in their own homes. British Columbia offers several programs for seniors that can help offset the cost of a renovation project.
Home Adaptations For Independence (HAFI)
HAFI is a grant program for people with diminished physical abilities. It helps low-income households pay for modifications to their home. Many past recipients were older adults but the funding is available to help people of any age and families with children. If you qualify, you could receive up to $20,000 in financial assistance
B.C. Seniors' Home Renovation Tax Credit
The B.C. seniors home renovation tax credit assists individuals 65 and over with the cost of certain permanent home renovations to improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home.
Examples of qualifying renovations or alterations.
- Bathtubs – walk-in
- Lowering existing Counters/cupboards
- installing adjustable Counters/cupboards
- Door locks that are easy to operate
- Doors that are widened for passage
- Touch-and-release Drawers/cupboards
- Specialized Flooring
- General renovation costs – necessary to enable access for seniors or persons with disabilities to first-floor or secondary suites
- Grab bars and related reinforcements around the toilet, tub and shower
- Hand-held showers on adjustable rods or high-low mounting brackets
- Hand rails in corridors
- Lever handles on doors and taps, instead of knobs
- Light fixtures throughout the home and exterior entrances
- Light switches and electrical outlets placed in accessible locations
- Lighting – motion-activated
- Pull-out shelves under counter to enable work from a seated position
- Taps – hands-free
- Showers – wheel-in
- Sinks – alterations to allow use from a seated position (and insulation of any hot-water pipes)
- Swing clear hinges on doors to widen doorways
- Taps – relocation to front or side for easier access
- Toilets – raised
- Wheelchair ramps, stair/wheelchair lifts and elevators