Great Programs to Help Seniors with Weatherization
By Manpreet Singh Dhalla 9 am on
Many seniors live on fixed incomes. When the budget is tight, seniors may not be able to afford certain expenses like heating and air conditioning. Energy bills tend to skyrocket in the summer and winter months when temperature control becomes a matter of health for seniors. Thankfully, seniors who are having difficulty making ends meet may be eligible for assistance from weatherization programs specifically designed to lower energy fees for low-income families and seniors.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
WAP is run by the Department of Energy, and it provides energy bill assistance to qualifying seniors and low-income families. WAP offers several weatherization services that help seniors keep cool during the hot summer months. While the program’s services vary on a state-by-state basis, WAP traditionally offers weather tank insulation, installation of solar screens, and installation of heating pipes. The program can also evaluate existing HVAC systems/equipment for safety and effectiveness. WAP technicians provide eligible seniors with a full energy consultation. The technicians also analyze the HVAC equipment and current energy costs and give seniors expert energy saving advice. Aging adults who need help living comfortably at home should consider hiring a professional caregiver. In Ft. Lauderdale, home care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy.
Seniors who think they may qualify for assistance from WAP should contact the nearest WAP branch in their state. Caregivers may want to help their senior loved ones through the process, as they may need to provide financial information and fill out forms.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP can be a major help to seniors living on fixed incomes. Every year, homeowners spend thousands of dollars on weatherization services, and seniors on a budget simply can’t spare that much on energy bills. The LIHEAP program, which is run by the Department of Health and Human Services, helps seniors pay for many essential HVAC services, including AC sealing, repair, installation, and insulation. To ensure seniors stay safe, LIHEAP also performs safety testing. After a visit from LIHEAP, seniors often see a noticeable drop in their monthly energy bill. Many seniors require assistance effectively managing resources. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Galt Ocean Mile respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.
Like WAP, LIHEAP is federally funded but governed on a state level. While each state offers different services and has different eligibility requirements, most LIHEAP requirements are commensurate with the state’s Medicaid requirements. Seniors who use Medicaid are likely eligible for weatherization assistance from LIHEAP. To apply for LIHEAP, seniors need to fill out a printed or online application or go to their local Energy Assistance Office to apply in person. Seniors with limited mobility may be able to arrange a home visit.
Seniors who are unable to qualify for WAP or LIHEAP aren’t out of options. There may be local companies willing to provide weatherization services. First, seniors should contact their energy provider. Many providers offer senior discounts, which can lower energy bills substantially during the summer and winter months. Caregivers can help their senior loved ones look for local discounts.Many seniors prefer aging in place over moving to an assisted living facility. If your senior loved one needs assistance to remain safe and comfortable while living at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading Lauderdale-by-the-Sea home care agency. Our dedicated in-home caregivers can assist with meal prep, bathing and grooming, exercise, medication reminders, and many other important tasks. Call one of our Care Managers at (954) 909-0370 to create a customized in-home care plan.