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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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Bedford

Independent Living Innovations

Cindy Tulimieri and Karen DeRosas, as of 5/24/12

PO Box 35
Bedford, MA 01730

617-877-4036 / 978-877-8682

781-583-5550

cindyt@iliseniorservices.com

www.iliseniorservices.com

Adults with Disabilities and Seniors

Yes

Medicare B

No


Boston

AMRAMP

Michael McCaffrey, as of 6/12/12

202 West First Street
South Boston, MA 02127

michael.mccaffrey@amramp.com

www.amramp.com

40-60 years

* modular steel wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access
* vertical platform lifts (VPLs), used where the length of a ramp might be impractical
* interior stair lifts, offering clients a solution for tight spaces within the home, with model sizes ranging from four to fourteen feet
* portable wheelchair showers

* international company with 45 stocking locations
* installs accessibility ramps throughout the US at residences, businesses, schools and institutions
* Amramp's HomeNest is an equipment process PLUS caregiver. Caregivers involved in elder care management, hospice or catastrophic care management, now have all the equipment to safely move the client from bed to commode; to shower; to wheelchair; to doctor appointments; or even out to the mall with one safe, comfortable transfer. All this without any modifications to the home or rental property.


Home Modification Loan Program

Susan Gillam

27 Wormwood St.
Boston, MA 02210

617-204-3739

susan.gillam@state.ma.us

www.mass.gov/mrc/hmlp

1999

Elders and Individauls with Disabilities

200

9

The Home Modification Loan Program is a state funding source, with 0% and 3% loans for homeowners and small landlords in Massachusetts

Yes

SENIOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

Janet Grant, Program Supervisor/Housing Specialist

United South End Settlements, 566 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA 0211

(617) 536-8610

United South End Settlements

1980

Very low-income homeowners

100

95%

2 full-time

Carpentry, roof, locks, plumbing, electrical

Functional/environmental

Handyman, social worker

Yes

$120,000

Community Development Block Grant
Foundations
United South End Settlement Operating Funds
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Counsels clients on a wide range of homownership issues such as property tax abatenents, government benefits, utility company eductions for seniors, and accessing other rehabilitation programs and loan sources
* Trains program staff in government and private program requirements to help clients access all available fund

 


Bridgewater

Personal Home Solutions

23 Bourne Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Christopher Rogers, as of 1/29/14

508-468-6804

cbr@personalhomesolutions.org

www.personalhomesolutions.org

2007

Grab bars, walk-in showers, ramps, general accessibility improvements

Environmental
Christopher Rogers
In addition to design remodeling experience, I have completed your Executive Cert. Program, NAHB's CAPS Program, Massachusetts Community Access Monitor Program, Licensed Builder in MA, and Registerd Home Improvement Contractor in MA

 


Brookline

Make It Safe, LLC

28 Manchester Rd #2
Brookline, MA 02446

Stacy Greenspan, as of 7/9/12

617-678-2087

617-383-5936

stacy@stopafall.com

www.stopafall.com

1995

Aging-In-Place Seniors and those returning from rehabilitation

Grab Bars, Bath Safety, Hand Rails, Anti-Slip Applications, Lighting & Home Modifications

Environmental
Installations done by a CAPS Certified MA Licensed Contractor

 


Burlington

First Class Carpentry, Inc.

23A Adams Street
Burlington, MA 01803

Jennifer Williams

978-496-7511

N/A

jenn@firstclasscarpentry.com

http://www.firstclasscarpentry.com

2005

All Individuals who need construction or remodeling services

Bathroom modifications, ramps, entryways, and grading

HMLP
We Provide out of the box solutions that are typically less expensive and feel less like a clinical environment.

 


Cambridge

Positive Living Solutions

1 Leighton Street, #517
Cambridge, MA 02141

Una Barrett

617-876-1568

N/A

una@positionlivingsolutions.com

http://www.positionlivingsolutions.com

2005

All Individuals who need construction or remodeling service advice and guidance to make their homes safer for handicapped or aging adults

Bathroom, kitchen, stairways, and accident or potential fall areas

N/A
Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) with National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) For More Information click http://www.positionlivingsolutions.com

 


Charlestown

THE PRACTICAL HOUSE, INC.

11 Monument Square, apt. 3
Charlestown, MA 02129

Sarah Henderson

(617) 241-5912

August 2001

Elderly and disabled population

1

Windows, emergency plumbing, carpentry, safety devices

Environmental

Private Pay

* Occupational Therapist with strong medical background.
* Knowledge of a variety of products for home modification.


Dorchester

HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

Kit Clark Senior House, 1500 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 0212

Rob Schoule

(617) 825-5000, Ext, 31

Kit Clark Senior House (KCSH)

1983

Older and disabled homeowners

72

90%

3 part-time

Windows, emergency plumbing, carpentry, safety devices

Environmental

Client, family or friends, Volunteer, case manager, Visiting nurse
Handyman, Social worker

Yes

$40,000

Community Development Block Grant
Client payments
KCSH operating funds
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Kit Clark Senior House operates a full spectrum of services for residents

 


Fitchburg

MOC Elder Services

Mary Gianetti

93 Fairmont St.
Fitchburg, MA 1420

978-345-8501

Low-income elders.

20

Roof leaks, door, and handrails.

Functional

Contractor

$20,000

Title IIIB OAA

 


Medford

HOME MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

Albert Benedict, Jr.,Director of Elder Affairs

Medford Council on Aging, 101 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

(617) 396-6010

Medford Council on Aging

1984

Older, low to moderate income homeowners

90

100%

1 part-time

Window, weatherization, yardwork, smoke alarms, miscellaneous minor repairs

Functional/environmental

Social worker

Yes

$8,360

Community Development Block Grant
State Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Client payments
* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging

* Provides lecture/on site training to nursing students
* Client application forms have a bottom, detachable section that is given to the handyman to maintain confidentiality (with name, address, phone, job to be performed) of income and other data handled only by program supervisor

 


Newton

Home Repair and Modification

Susan Spector

Director of Operations

400 Centre St.
Newton, MA 2458

617-928-1010

sspector@sb-ventrums.com

www.house-works.com

Home LLC

1998

Elderly and disabled.

80%

3,000

79

Grab bars, ramps, and lifts.

In home evaluations.

Occupational therapist, RNs, and licensed contractors.

 

House Works

Andrea Cohen, CEO

One Gateway Center, Suite 902

Newton, MA 02458

617-928-1010 or 800-928-3393

617-244-8256
www.house-works.com

In-home services that support independent living, such as: Personal care attendants, Homemakers & Companions, Escorted Transportation, Handyman services, Installations of grab-bars, ramps, & lifts.

 

 


Plymouth

Age-in-Place of New England

9 Herring Pond Rd
Plymouth, MA 02360

508-888-8811

www.ageinplaceofnewengland.com

Any famlies that need home modifications

1985

8

Environmental

Tub/Shower conversions, ramps, kitchens

CAPS certified, and we work with the HMLP program for funding

Mark Buell CAPS

CAPS certified and have full time employees doing the plumbing, carpentry and electrical work

 

 


West Boylston

CMAA

Bob Dwyer

Director of Planning

360 W. Boylston St.
West Boylston, MA 01583

508-852-5539

bob.dwyer@seniorconnection.org

 


Worcester

ELDER HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

Cori Paton, Intake Specialist

1241 Main Street, Worcester, MA 0160

(508) 756-1545

The Housing Information Center

1978

Fixed and low-income older homeowners

200

100%

2 full-time

Damaged exterior stairs, railings, plumbing, roof, doors

Environmental

Handyman

$61,000

Title III-Older Americans Act
Client payments
In-kind agency support
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging:

* Provides small loans for material support from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation

 

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance

Grace Carmark

7-11 Bellevue St.
Worcester, MA 01609

508-791-7265

508-791-0639

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