Home Modifications Assistance
To address accessibility issues and to promote inclusion, DAC implemented the Consumer Equipment and Modification Assistance (CEMA) Program to provide for durable medical equipment and minor home modifications that enable people with disabilities to maintain their independence and contribute to their community instead of being placed in assisted living, a nursing home, or homelessness. Through the CEMA Program, we install modular aluminum ramps at no cost for eligible individuals for as long as they need them. The modular ramps are maintenance-free and are moved to another location once they are no longer needed. DAC learned that the recyclable aluminum ramps are more cost-effective than traditional wooden ramps because they can be installed in a few hours and the components can be used again and again. The CEMA Program also provides for installation of new grab bars, handrails, deaf alerting equipment, repairs to and batteries for wheelchairs, and the purchase durable medical equipment. Deaf alerting equipment includes light activated doorbells and smoke detectors, shaker alarm clocks and baby monitors. Our Medical Equipment Recycling (MERP) Program complements our CEMA program by providing refurbished/repaired donations of wheelchairs, walkers, etc., to those who cannot afford to purchase them.