No-cost Bathroom Remodels for Disabled Veterans, Thanks to Lesser-known Grant Program
During the global pandemic, many people opted to move elderly and disabled family members out of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to mitigate the chance of contracting COVID. Unfortunately, most homes were not equipped with fully accessible bathrooms, making the transition challenging.
Aqua Therapy Tubs, LLC., located in North Phoenix, is not only helping these families but also working with disabled U.S. veterans to build accessible bathrooms including zero-step showers, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) approved toilets, and safety grab bars. Plus, thanks to a lesser-known Veterans Affairs (VA) program, the accessibility modifications come at no out-of-pocket costs to the servicemembers.
“Most veterans don’t realize the VA has a Home Improvements and Structural Alterations – or HISA – grant program, which pays up to $6,800 to make a disabled veteran’s home more accessible,” said Derek Rogers, Aqua Therapy Tubs owner. “Our goal is to get the word out about the grant program this fall and help Arizonans who could benefit from a bathroom remodel to live a safer and more independent life.”
The HISA grant provides medically necessary improvements and structural alterations to servicemembers’ primary residence including use of essential lavatory and sanitary facilities like roll in showers, ADA height toilets and the installation of non-slip surfaces and safety grab bars.
“My grandfather was a WWII Veteran and was on the beach at Normandy on D-Day,” said Rogers. “I used to help him bathe when he wasn’t physically able to do it for himself. He had a dangerous bathtub to step over and a shower chair to sit in. At that time, we didn’t know accessible tubs and showers were available, so we made do with what we had. Having a specially designed tub or shower would have given my beloved grandfather the independence and dignity he deserved to be able to take care of himself in his later years.”
Aqua Therapy Tubs, LLC., specializes in accessibility and safety bathroom remodeling projects. From installing grab bars, walk in tubs and showers to full bathroom renovations for wheelchair accessibility, the company provides solutions to modify any existing bathroom to accommodate someone with disabilities or special needs.
This fall, Rogers and his company are giving away an Ella walk-in tub, valued at $14,000 to a veteran or first responder in need. To apply for consideration for yourself or a loved one – visit Veterans, First Responders, Holiday Walk-In Tub Giveaway – Aqua Therapy (aquatherapytubs.com) for contest details and to access the online application, rules and regulations.
“Every time I finish a bathroom modification for someone, I am moved by how happy they are that they can actually take care of themselves in a safe way,” added Rogers. “There are a lot of people who don’t want to admit they need accommodations like grab bars but, once they are installed, they give the customer the independence they deserve. That sense of satisfaction is why I do what I do.”