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Senior Safety

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The Senior Safety program, also known as the Assistive Safety Device Distribution Service, provides support to people facing challenges that come with aging – with safety always being the #1 priority.

People who qualify and live in North Dakota can get safety devices for their homes. These devices are made to improve home safety and help people stay independent. If needed, the program can even assist in device setup.

Because this program’s budget is limited, a priority funding system is in place for the applications received – with markers that include income, location, and extent of need. Applicants who don’t meet the markers may have to wait longer, or may not have requests fulfilled.

    • Is responsive to the consumer
    • Includes persons with all disabilities and across all ages in every aspect of the program
    • Seeks meaningful consumer involvement at all levels of the project
    • Provides statewide access to assistive technology and services
    • Addresses assistive technology issues involving all settings (home, work, school, community, and play)
    • Collaboratively develops a long-range statewide plan for assistive technology in North Dakota
Who Is Eligible?
    • Any North Dakota resident, age 60 or over, who is not living in a skilled nursing facility is eligible for this program. However, the Senior Safety program gives priority to the following:
      • Older individuals with the greatest economic need (low-income)
      • Older individuals at risk for institutional placement
      • Older individuals residing in rural areas
What Types of Equipment Does The Program Cover?
  • Eligible
      • Alerting Devices for Hearing Loss
      • Anti-Elopement Devices
      • Wandering Alarms – device only (no service)
      • Bed Rails
      • Caregiver Pager Systems
      • Couch Canes
      • Emergency Response Systems – device only (no service)
      • Grab Bars (stainless steel)
      • Handheld Shower Heads
      • Medication Dispensers and Reminders
      • Personal Hearing Amplifiers
      • Portable Seat Lift
      • Shower Chairs
      • Adaptive Silverware
      • Toilet Safety Frames/Rails
      • Toilet Seat Risers
      • Tub Rails
      • Tub Transfer Benches
      • Voice Amplifiers and Accessories
    • Not Eligible
      • Items requiring monthly fees
        • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) including:
          • Blood pressure monitors and cuffs
          • Braces for the knee, ankle, wrist, etc.
          • Canes and accessories
          • Compression wear items such as Jobst stockings
          • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices and accessories
          • Diabetic supplies such as blood glucose test strips and monitors
          • Gait and transfer belts
          • Leg lifters
          • Rehabilitation equipment such as shoulder pulleys and pedal exercisers
          • Rollators and accessories
          • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units and accessories
          • Walkers and accessories
          • Wheelchairs, standard and transport, and accessories
      • Low-cost and easily accessible items including:
        • Can opener
        • Jar opener
        • Non-slip bathmat
        • Reacher/grabber
        • Shoe horns
        • Sock aids
        • Swivel seat cushions
      • Items unrelated to safety including:
        • Laundry carts
        • Overbed tables
        • TV amplifiers
      • Consumable/disposable items including:
        • Incontinence products
        • Rubber sheets/mattress under-pads
        • Hearing aid batteries
        • Hearing aid cleaners or dryers
        • Replacement batteries
Do You Provide Funding For Phone or Internet Services?
  • ND Assistance does NOT provide assistance with paying for phone or internet services. If you are having difficulty paying for your phone or internet service, check out our blog post about two government programs that can help.

Applications may be completed online or downloaded below. Please contact North Dakota Assistive for alternative format options and questions.


Apply online or send request form via one of the contact methods listed below:


Attn: Senior Safety
ND Assistive
4501 Coleman Street, Suite 107
Bismarck, ND   58503

Please Note:

Funding for this program is a limited financial resource through the Older Americans Act.

Note also that this is not an entitlement program and is based on need. Preference will be given to those who fall within the priority funding areas first.


This project is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging, and granted through the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division.

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