DHSS News Promoting the health and well-being of Alaskans. June 2019

Home Accessibility and Enabling Technology Pilot Project

The Senior and Disabilities Services Division has been working with the Statewide Independent Living Council of Alaska (SILC) on a new pilot project that explores how home accessibility modifications and the use of enabling technologies can support people living independently in their homes. The Home Accessibility and Enabling Technology Pilot Project is managed by SILC and funded through the Alaska Mental Health Trust and the Mat-Su Health Foundation.

The goal of the project is to positively impact participants’ lives by increasing independence and self-esteem, improving satisfaction and quality of life, becoming more active and integrated into their community, improving health and safety, and helping to achieve personal goals.
Four categories are targeted by the project, depending on the individual’s own goals:

  1. Improving home accessibility with minor modifications
  2. Assistive technology tools to help perform daily activities
  3. Medication management devices
  4. Home telehealth monitoring instruments

The project has generated a lot of interest and many people are excited to be part of it. Applications were accepted through the end of May from Alaskans 18 years or older who are:

  1. Living in their own home or with a family member or friend in Juneau, Kenai/Soldotna, Homer, Ketchikan, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla or Palmer.
  2. Enrolled on an Alaskans Living Independently (ALI), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities (APDD) or Individualized Service Waiver (ISW) Medicaid waiver. 

After all applications are reviewed and participants chosen, the successful applicant and their home will be assessed to prioritize the appropriate modifications and technologies desired. The technology selected by each participant will then be supported throughout the pilot project.  Participants will evaluate how useful the modifications and devices were, what types of challenges arose, and whether the changes met their needs. Results from the project, once it is complete, will be shared with the Senior and Disabilities Services Division in order to inform possible future waiver service expansion.

For more information about the project, visit the website or contact the SILC at 907-263-2011 or kathy@alaskasilc.org.


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