Her: SSI Disability, in a power chair to get around.
Him: Disabled Desert Storm Veteran.
When the house was purchased we were both mostly healthy. The home needed a few minor repairs. Before we could get settled in after moving a family member contracted cancer again. We spent a year spending as much time as possible taking the relative to appointments and spending time with them. The Cancer won. We took care of two other close relatives who had serious health issues and passed away (Out of state from our house) and couple of our 4 legged family members also passed during this time period. In the meantime our own health degraded.
We had a house sitter who was supposed to do some of the needed work to make the house ready for her chair access. That person took the money for home upgrades and repairs and disappeared. Of course, nothing was done.
We have expended our resources that were supposed to go into our home on our medical issues and taking care of sick and dying relatives. Traveling from the east coast to the mid west and back to do so.
The house has a roof leak which has caused damage to the ceiling inside. This has also caused issues with the floor, baseboards, and walls.
The house needs renovation to begin with to accommodate her power chair. We need the doors replaced with wider door frames for chair access. We need access ramps at the doors.
The front porch is so narrow (door to front edge) that I am afraid she will overrun the porch trying to get over the door sill bump, and go tumbling down the stairs. It needs to be extended out a little and a ramp added so that she can get outside by the front, in any emergency that would not allow her access to the back of the house (our main entrance).
There is also some termite damage (no termites anymore) which was supposed to be replaced by the same house sitter/ contractor. The damage allowed some water penetration causing more water damage to a storage area above the doors to the outside. It is an attached storage, with access to the back room of the house.
The house needs upgraded siding and insulation, as well as energy efficient windows. Some of the wiring is grandfathered because of the age of the house. If enough money becomes available, we will have the house electrical system brought up to current code.
To keep the house livable (and not be forced to move out and see our home condemned) we must make repairs before the damage gets much worse.
To complicate matters we will need to place some of our belongings in storage while the house is being worked on. The good news is not only is much of our stuff still packed up from the beginning of this little odyssey, but most of the sentimental things that we inherited from the relatives are still packed as well.
Our area seems to fall in a hole between city and rural areas where help from government agencies are concerned and very few programs are available, with many restrictions.
Most of the programs we have checked into are out of money or we somehow do not qualify. That is why I am here on this site.