HomeVA ProstheticsVA Handbook 1173.14 - Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) ProgramChargeable Improvement and Structural Alterations

14.5. Chargeable Improvement and Structural Alterations

Improvement and structural alterations chargeable against the veteran's cost limitation include, but are not limited to:

a. Roll-in showers or walk-in bathtubs.

b. Construction of wooden or concrete permanent ramping to provide access to the home.

c. Widening doorways to bedroom, bathroom, etc., to achieve wheelchair access.

d. Lowering of kitchen or bathroom counters and sinks.

e. Improving entrance paths and driveways in the immediate area of the home to facilitate access to the home, to include concrete pads for wheelchair lifts utilized for ingress and egress from vehicle.

f. Interior and exterior railing or lighting deemed necessary for patients with ambulatory capability or for veterans rated legally blind.

g. Improvements to plumbing or electrical systems made necessary due to the installation of dialysis or other sanitary equipment in the home.

h. Any cost associated with permits, inspection fees, etc., that are required by local ordinances.


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