About Us

homemods.org is provided to you as a service of the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. The web site was originally created by the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification, with support from the Archstone Foundation. We are headquartered at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center in Los Angeles, California.

What is Home Modification? Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. Home modification, ranging from low-cost to more expensive adaptations, includes removing hazards (e.g., clutter, throw rugs), adding special features or assistive devices (e.g., grab bars, ramps), moving furnishings, changing where activities occur (e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor) and renovations (e.g., installing a roll-in shower). In some cases, modifying the home may also require repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads.

What is the role of home modification in fall prevention? The addition of supportive features can help reduce accidents such as falls, a leading cause of death for older Americans. Six out of 10 falls occur in homes which typically contain a high prevalence of hazards such as loose throw rugs, the lack of tub/shower grab bars, and obstructed pathways. Home modifications can reduce the demands of the environment while making the home safer and more supportive. Research indicates that the most effective interventions to prevent falls for persons at moderate to high risk of falls are multi-factorial, and include environmental modifications, medication management and physical activity.

The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification is a university-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. In this capacity, we:

  • provide training and education to develop and support skilled, educated and networked professionals who can respond to the increasing demand for home modification services; and

  • act as an information clearinghouse on home modification to equip professionals and consumers with a comprehensive inventory of resources

Our Faculty and Staff

Jon Pynoos, Ph.D. Director pynoos@usc.edu
Maria Henke, MA Senior Associate Dean mhenke@usc.edu
Julie Overton, MSG, MHA Senior Learning and Development Specialist overton@usc.edu
Leon Watts, MSG, Training and Resource Development Specialist leonwatt@usc.edu
Jason Hannanto Technical Support chmp@usc.edu
Hijab Gulwani Administrative and Billing Support homemods@usc.edu
Mike Carter, MS, OTR/L Instructor mwc_785@usc.edu
Emily Nabors, MSG Instructor emily.nabors@usc.edu
Susan M. Duncan, RN Instructor susan.duncan@usc.edu
Seymour Turner Instructor seymourturner.usc@gmail.com
Diane Sprague, MPA Instructor dls_694@usc.edu


Contact Us

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
Andrus Gerontology Center
University of Southern California
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Telephone: (213) 740-1364
Fax: (213) 740-7069
Email: homemods@usc.edu


A project of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification,
in affiliation with the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, funded by the Archstone Foundation.
Located at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, Los Angeles, California 90089-0191 (213) 740-1364.