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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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Bridgeport

Home Maintenance and Repair

Tito Molina

1354 State St.
Bridgeport, CT 06605

203-336-5939

203-367-2600

wecd@aol.com

Southwestern Area Agency on Aging

1997

Senior citizens

100%

Only part time staff.

Plumbing

$20,000

AAA


Brookfield

Mary Jo Peterson, Inc

Mary Jo Peterson
3 Sunset Cove
Brookfield, CT 06804
203-775-4763
203-740-2333
maryjo@mjpdesign.com
www.mjpdesign.com
1992
Age in place and general access/kitchen/bath
4
Specializing in design and education relating to kitchen, bath, and universal access.
No

 


 

Danbury

Home Crew CT

James Gustin

35 Starr Rd unit 7
Danbury, CT 06810

203-546-2090

203-546-2093

jgustin@homecrewct.com

09/30/2003

Seniors and People with Disabilities

widening doors, ramps, lifts

Yes

CAPS graduate

Yes

Jim Gustin

 


 

Norwick

Helping Hands Program

Kathleen Kuvalanka

132 Broadway PO Box 1014
Norwich, CT 6457

860-889-8469

Southwestern Area Agency on Aging

1997

The elderly.

100%

20-30

3

Roof, gutter, home repair, and storm drains.

Pending on request (environmental).

Staff

Community education about home safety and lead poisoning. Workshop for first time home buyers, etc.

None


 

Plantsville

Accessible Design Consultants

Melinda Otlowski

243 Prospect Street
Plantsville, CT 06479

860-919-1944

motlowski1@cox.net

2012

The disabled and the elderly.

8-12

1

Design and consulting.

Yes

We design aesthetically beautiful, barrier-free living environments.


 

Wethersfield

Loans for Accessibility

Jane Koley

30 Jordan Lane
Wethersfield, CT 06109

860-563-6011

860-563-2562

Cooperation for Independent Living.

Physical disabilities

20%

2

Ramps and accessible bathrooms.

$5+ million

State Department of Communication and Economic Development.

Goal is to provide accessible and affordable housing.

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