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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.

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Allentown

Lehigh County Office of Aging At Adult Services

Robin Flores

17 South Seventh Street
Allentown, PA 18101

610-782-3036

610-820-2028

House repair, handrails, ramps and bathrooms.

Functional

Eligibility according to PACE guidelines, and charges are on a sliding scale; single income is less than $14,000; combine married income is less than $17,200

Pays for materials, labor is free

 


Ambridge

Home Safe Home

Heather Sedlacko, as of 7/25/10

Valley Care Association

345 Maplewood Ave.
Ambridge, PA 15003

724-266-0408

valleycare@valleycareassociation.org

http://valleycareassociation.org/HomeSafeHome.html

Adults 60 and over

200

1

John Seitz

John Seitz is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.

Bathroom modifications, low rise stairs, stair railings, wheelchair ramps.

*Beaver County Office on Aging
*SECORO Foundation
*privation donations.

Yes.

Yes.


Beaver

BEAVER COUNTY WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM

Joel U. Oravitz, Program Coordinator

699 Fifth Street, Beaver, PA 15009

(412) 775-6080

Redevelopment Authority, County of Beaver

1976

Older, low-income and disabled

500

13%

12 full-time, 1 part-tim

Energy education, heating and cooling, weatherization

Environmental

Yes

$500,570

U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program, Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Oil Overcharge
* Coordinates with an Area Agency on Aging

* Educates all clients on ways to reduce utility bills and conserve energy


Chambersburg

HOME SUPPORT OF FRANKLIN COUNTY

218 N. 2nd Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Gloria J. Sprenkle, Program Manage

(717) 263-2153

(717) 261-3198

Franklin County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

1974

Older; must be a homeowner for repair work

310

100%

1 full-time, 4 part-time

Miscellaneous minor repairs, minor modifications inc. ramps and handrails, general home repair

Functional/environmental

Case manager, Case aide, Occupational therapist, Client, Family or friends

Title III - Older Americans Act, County share, Donations

* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging

* In-home service workers help make referrals for homes that need attention
* Only allowed to do repairs/modifications that take no longer than 2 days


Chester

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Government Services Center
601 Westtown Road, Suite 365, West Chester, PA 19380-0990

Barbara W. Wilson, Director of Housing and Community Development

(610) 344-6900

Redevelopment Agency, Chester County

1976

Older, disabled, underpriviliged, homeless persons.

70

70%

3 full-time

Roofs, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, doors and windows

Functional/environmental

$500,000

Community Development Block Grant


Dickson City

ACCESSIBILITY MODIFICATIONS

239 Main Street Suite 301
Dicson City, PA 18519

Ed Shoener (as of 3/8/2017)

(570) 780-8276

(570) 309-0024

mcraig@homecarepenn.com

www.homecarepenn.com

2016

60+

1500

5

Stair glides, ramps, bathroom modifications, grab bars

Yes

Private pay, waiver pending

Bill Shoener

We can provide any handyman work but specialize in ADA accessibility.

No


Erie

Weatherization Program

Nick Di Placido

18 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501

814-459-4581

814-456-0161

Greater Erie Community Action Committee

1977

Poverty

8%

239

6

Air filtration reduction

Clients are taught to be energy-conservation minded.

$500,000

* Department of Energy
* National Fuel Gas GPU
* Energy Assistance.

Goal is to help low-income persons to consume less fuel.

 


Glenside

Drainworks Plumbing & Heating

Steve Glenn, as of 4/18/12

46 Northview Drive
Glenside, PA 19038

215-333-8780

215-887-7020

http://www.drainworksplumbingandheating.com/

info@philadelphiaplumbingandheating.com

Elderly and disabled individuals in the Philadelphia area

200+

7

Handicap bathroom conversions and consulting services for appropriate material choices in bathrooms and wet locations. Modifications include support bars, toilet conversions, and bathtub conversions

No

 


Hamsburg

Family Caregiver Support Program

 John Docrity

555 Walnut Street
Hamsburg, PA 17101

717-783-6842

www.aging.state.pa.us

Over 60 years of age, and adults suffering from dementia.

6

Grab bars and lowering cabinet levels.

* Lottery funds
* Block grants
* The State Department of Aging.

 


Harrisburg

Pennsylvania Home Solutions

Ben Brown, as of 12/14/11

3809 Paxton St.
Harrisburg, PA 17111

717-412-4674

717-412-4677

blbrown@pabathsolutions.com

150+

6

Bathroom conversions for elderly or handicapped. This included safety tubs, toilet conversions, grab bars, and any other modification needed for safe use.

No

 


Hummelstown

Handyman Matters of Harrisburg

1860 Meadow Ridge Dr
Hummelstown, PA 17036

717-566-6604

717-566-5778

harrisburg.info@handymanmatters.com, as of 9/24/12

handymanmatters.com/harrisburg

Elderly & disabled persons

1250

7

Bathroom and enrty/egress modification, grab bars, toilet conversions

Yes

2004

 


Lancaster

United Disabilities Services

Kirk Hummel, as of 10/30/12

1905 Olde Homestead Lane
Lancaster, PA 17605

888-428-0240

717-293-1595

homemodifications@udservices.org

http://estore.udservices.org

1965

Persons with disabilities, veterans and those wishing to age-in-place

150

9

Accessible bathroom, ramps and lifts

HCBS waivers, CDBG grants, VA funding, long-term care insurance

United Disabilities Services is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting the independence and quality of life of persons with disabilities since 1965. This is the page for UDS Accessible Home Modifications, which provides accessibility construction and design services for individuals in Pennsylvania, as well as products and guidance for contractors performing home modifications nationwide.

Yes

 


Lewisburg

SEDA-COG Basic Home Improvement

J. Michael Fisher

RR#1 Box 372
Lewisburg, PA 17837

717-524-4491

717-524-9190

www.seda-cog.org

1988

Low-income and persons who need housing rehabilitation.

70-100%

4.5

Upgrading structural systems: heating and electrical.

$125,000

State grants and funds

Provides safe and affordable housing for those with low to moderate incomes.

 


Millerstown

Wyng Products

www.wyngproducts.com

240 Stony Creek Way
Millerstown, PA 17602

888-438-9964

Disabled community

info@wyngproducts.com

Bathroom modifications

Distributors all over the United States

 


Monongahela

Handyman Matters

Sandra, as of 9/5/12

1610 Fourth St
Monongahela, PA 15063

724-258-4884

724-258-2344

mcmcra@comcast.net

www.swpa.handymanmatters.com

Environmental


Montrose

Home Maintenance Program

Dennis Phelps

10 Public Avenue
Montrose, PA 18801

570-278-3338

At risk, elderly, handicapped and low-income individuals

60-70

Ramps and bathroom modifications.

Functional

AAA or hospital guidelines

$60,000-$70,000

CDBG and AAA

 


Philadelphia

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Ms. Susan Klein

642 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-765-9000

215-765-9066

www.pcaphl.org

1980

Low-income, disabled seniors

100%

150

16

Railings, grab bars, ramps, and lifts.

$2,000,000

CDBG and lottery

 

Lancaster County AAA

Jacqueline Burch, Director-Informational and Referral Dept.

150 North Queen Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

717-299-7979 or 1-800-801-3070

Elderly

128

Installing home modifications and assistive devices

$125,000

* CDBG
* Miscellaneous funds

* Aim to keep older folks in their home.
* Family caregivers support program.
* Direct reimbursement to caregiver.


Pittsburgh

Aardvark Adaptive Modifications

Jim Costello, as of 2/10/14

18 First Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

412-406-7019

412-406-7289

http://www.aardvarkadaptive.com/

access4all@aol.com

2006

Elderly and Persons with Disabilities

Environmental

5

Accessible Bath-Ramps

Diane Salvagio and Jim Costello

Medicare Waiver Programs, Private PA, Worker's Comp Ins

Management and Staff have 37+ years of combined experience in Home Modification

 

Affordable Adaptive Solutions

Aliza Selvaggio

1389 Old Freeport Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

412-406-8345

http://www.affordableadaptivesolutions.com

aliza@affordableadaptivesolutions.com

2015

Those who wish to Age in Place and persons with disabilities

Universal design, barrier-free bathrooms, grab bars, automatic door systems, ramps

With over 30 years of combined experience AAS provides personalized accessible designs specific to each person's needs for now and and into the future. We provide a wide array of services from assessment, design, and construction. We also offer a wide range of consulting services, including ADA consulting for buildings, parking lots and facilities.

 


Richboro

Modifications for Independent Living

Safe In Your Space

79 Poplar Dr
Richboro, PA 18954

657-217-2337
215-504-7414
ldubas@safeinyourspace.com
www.safeinyourspace.com
physical and mental disabilities, homeless and veterans
250-300
Tub to shower conversions, ramps, room additions
We specialize in modifications to physical space for people with disabilities or Age-in-Place home solutions.
2013

St. Mary's

LIFE AND INDEPENDENCE FOR TODAY (LIFT)

Robert A. Mecca

503 East Arch Street
St. Marys, PA 15857

814-781-3050
814-781-1917
lift@liftcil.org
www.liftcil.org
All ages, all disabilities
50
7/01/2001