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Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. It includes:

  • low-cost and simple changes to the home (removing hazards such as clutter, throw rugs; moving furnishings; and changing where activities occur (e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor);
  • adding special features or assistive devices such as grab bars;
  • extensive renovations (e.g., installing a roll-in shower and ramps); and
  • repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads to improve safety.
Where to Get Help:

Depending on the extent of the modifications, there are several ways to modify and repair your home. You can: 1) do it yourself, or get a friend or relative to help; 2) hire a building professional (handyworker, remodeler, or contractor) and/or health care professional such as an occupational therapist to advise you on changes; or 3) contact a home modification and repair program or business that can advise you on funding, assessing your home, and product advisement.

In addition to the resources listed in our Directory below, services may be located through your:


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Also, consider taking these steps:
  • Get recommendations from friends who have had similar projects completed.
  • Hire a licensed and bonded professional.
  • Be specific about changes you wish to make in advance.
  • Ask for a written agreement with only a small down payment. Make the final payment only after the project is completed.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the professional's reliability and performance record.

Resource Listings:

Resources listed on www.homemods.org are provided solely as a convenience for users of the site. They do not indicate endorsement of any services, and www.homemods.org shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information.

The web site www.homemods.org, a university-based and non-profit effort, provides an opportunity for home modification service and product providers to place a web site link and information for consumers and professionals. A reciprocal link to www.homemods.org is requested but not required.

Please click on "Fill out the program survey" below to request inclusion in the National Directory of Home Modification Resources.


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Anchorage

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES OF ALASKA (1990)

Rose Foster (Information and Referral)

Jim Beck

1016 West 6th, Suite 2005,
Anchorage, AK 99501

907-269-3570

(907) 269-3632

jim_beck@labor.state.ak.us

http://www.atlaak.org/

 


Fairbanks

Access Alaska

Everett Harrison
3550 Airport Way, suite 3 Fairbanks, AK 99709
907-479-7940
907-474-4052
Palacc@accessak.org
http://www.atlaak.org/
1983
50%
75
22
Ramps, bathroom, kitchen modifications, accessibility modifications.
ADAAG Guide; Uniform Building Codes
Everett Harrison

Provides information and referrals, if client is not fully or partially covered by grants.

Provides transportation, and facilities information.

 

Lifespan Home Modifications

Karla Zervos
P.O. Box 165-3875, Geist Rd.--Ste. E
Fairbanks, AK 99709-3549
(907) 457-5433
(800) 993-1798
lifespan@homemodification.com
www.homemodification.com
Alaskans of all ages and abilities throughout interior Alaska and statewide.
Exterior and interior accessibility; kitchen and bathroom modifications; structural adaptations; lighting, electrical, plumbing, and environmental control upgrades. Universal design and site plan reviews; specialized residential contractor or handyman coordination and referral.
Client, eligible qualifying programs, third parties, bank financing, and insurance.
No
Environmental, functional, and Universal Design home/ home planning audits.
Staff and contractor with client and/or care provider
Certified specialists in adapting private homes throughout Alaska for the changing needs of seniors. Coordination with client, family members, care providers, and community-based services is emphasized.

Certifications:
-Home Modifications Executive Certificate: University of Southern California, National Center for Supportive Housing and Home Modifications
-National Assoc. of Home Builders Certified Aging in Place Specialist

 


Sitka

Lifespan Home Modifications

Karla Zervos
P.O. Box 65
Sitka, AK 99835
1(800) 993-1798
lifespan@homemodification.com
www.homemodification.com
Alaskans of all ages and abilities throughout Southeast Alaska and statewide.
Exterior and interior accessibility; kitchen and bathroom modifications; structural adaptations; lighting, electrical, plumbing, and environmental control upgrades. Universal design and site plan reviews; specialized residential contractor or handyman coordination and referral.
Client, eligible qualifying programs, third parties, bank financing, and insurance.
No
Environmental, functional, and Universal Design home/ home planning audits.
Staff and contractor with client and/or care provider
Certified specialists in adapting private homes throughout Alaska for the changing needs of seniors. Coordination with client, family members, care providers, and community-based services is emphasized.

Certifications:
-Home Modifications Executive Certificate: University of Southern California, National Center for Supportive Housing and Home Modifications
-National Assoc. of Home Builders Certified Aging in Place Specialist

 

 

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