How can I deal with deterioring hardscape?
A professional licensed landscape firm should be able to establish a grass area for you. Get bids as this project requires removal of material.
I'm on social security. I could re establish it myself if the rocks were gone. The question is, can they be vacuumed off or will I have to pull them myself because of the expense.
If I am thinking of what most landscape rocks are, you could try a steel tine rake upside-down to pull the rocks off. You may want to reach out to the boy scouts or church youth groups who are always looking for community service hours/ projects. They may be able to assist you getting to bare soil.