Home Modification Resources
Here you can find up-to-date information on all your health,
home modification and consumer needs. The library is continually
growing so be sure to visit often for updates and new articles.
- Bringing Universal
Design Ideas to the Public: Interactive Exhibits in Southern
California - An article published in Maximizing Human
Potential introduces two interactive exhibits in Southern
California that educate people about home modification and
how to implement the changes.
a World Fit for People: Designers with Disabilities at Work - This book describes the career development of 21 designers
with disabilities from around the world and was written
for young people with disabilities and their families, design
students with disabilities, career and vocational rehabilitation
counselors, design educators, and employers in design firms.
- Caregivers' Perceptions
of the Effectiveness of Home Modifications for Community
Living Adults with Dementia Read about the study of
the effectiveness of various modifications made mostly by
caregivers to increase the safety or autonomy of persons
- The Caring Home Booklet Booklet covers the basics of what you need to know about
people with Alzheimer's, their behaviors, and how to cope
with the changes, and support their needs through environmental
- Consumer Knowledge
of Home Modifications Covers the various strategies
to educate consumers on knowledge about home modifications
and increase their awareness and receptivity to home modifications.
- Costs of Falls Among Older Adults This Centers for Disease Control report discusses the major monetary impact of falls on an aging society.
- The Do-Able Renewable Home This comprehensive booklet for consumers provides information
you will need to make your home more livable, and overcome
problems that might occur with age (limitations on movement,
strength, dexterity, hearing, or eyesight.)
- Enabling Products
Sourcebook 2 Provide professionals with objective, useful
criteria when selecting products and identify products that
are easier to use for the majority of people for longer
period of time.
- Factors Predicting
Assistive Device Use in the Home by Older People Following
Rehabilitation Focuses on how to better take care of
individuals during the first 3 months home after rehabilitation.
Visit this site and read about the factors that predict
home use of assistive devices.
- Frail Elders
and The Suburbs Do you have or know elder relatives
living in single-family homes in the suburbs? Read about
why and how elders grow frail in the suburbs and strategies
that address this problem.
Housing Assistance This
informative fact sheet includes information on different
types of government housing, and how they benefit elderly
- Home Fit Guide
This AARP Guidebook has questions and solutions for consumers to determine design features and products to make a supportive home.
- Home Modification
Capacity Building: Strategies from Programs in Action Read about the various projects aim to increase home modification
for older and younger people with disabilities.
Modification Discussion Archives- Hosted by the University
of Buffalo, this site features archives of monthly online
discussion on various aspects of home modifications.
- Home Modification and Interorganizational Collaboration: Assessing the Relationship between California’s Area Agencies on Aging and Centers for Independent Living (PDF) -
A report on the role of California’s AAAs and CILs in the provision of home modifications.
Modification Services in Indiana: Statewide Survey Results
and Recommendations for Public Policy and Programs (2003) (PDF) - This report describes the status
of services in Indiana that increase accessibility, safety,
and independece for older people and people with disabilities
in their homes.
- Home Modifications: Use, Cost, and Interactions with Functioning Among Near-Elderly and Older Adults
This 2008 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services outlines the use of home modifications by older adults.
- Homes That Help: Advice From
Caregivers For Creating A Supportive Home Read these
helpful tips from experienced caregivers on how to better
equip or alter the home environment to increase safety and
- House Calls for
the Elderly As a special report found in Geriatric Times,
this article introduces an interesting team approach toward
home assessment, in which the physician directed team consists
of OT, architect, remodeler, financial steward, and emergency
response unit installer.
- Housing America’s Seniors This report focuses on the housing needs of the elderly population. Most seniors wish to age in place but have to face the consequences of aging, and thus are restricted in their housing choices. The report examines the housing needs of America’s senior population, and urges the housing industry and public policy makers to respond with home modifications, supportive services, and housing alternatives. It also projects the demographic and economic profiles of the next generation of seniors and examines their likely housing choices, labor force participation, and lifestyles.
Highlights: Home Modification and Repair This convenient
checklist provides an overall assessment of your home --
a vital first step to home modification.
- Housing in America - The Baby Boomers Turn 65 This 2012 report from the Urban Land Institute examines the housing market changes impacted by the baby boom generation and older as they make housing choices.
- Improving America's Housing 2015: Emerging Trends in the Remodeling Market:This document, created by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, features recent remodeling trends and includes discussions and data about the potential for growth in the accessibility remodeling market for older persons and persons with disabilities.
- Life-Span Design of Residential
Environments for an Aging Population A compilation of
innovative perspectives from housing experts on residential
environments that promote independent living.
- Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options and Opportunities - Long term care in today's society--the government and private sector responses, examined.
the Way: A Key to Independence -
A series of booklets on lighting written in collaboration
between AARP and the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer
The LRC developed three guidelines that address the needs
of health care professionals, designers and builders, and
the general public, including older adults and their families.
Life More Livable: Simple Adaptations for Living at Home
After Vision Loss This
newly updated and revised guide offers practical tips and
useful illustration to help persons with vision impairment
- The Maturing of America: Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population - this 2011 Metlife Foundation report shares the findings of a nationwide survey to assess the status of communities to meet the needs of their aging residents.
National Directory of Home Modification Resources This
helpful directory provides information to aging network,
services, and housing providers, and consumers about programs
that modify and repair homes for elder people.
The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective | NCD.govA report of the National Council on Disability that includes an evaluation and recommendations of and for public laws, policies, and program initiatives affecting housing for Americans who have accessible housing needs.
Fall Prevention Programs for Seniors - Developed by
the National Center on Injury Prevention and Control, this
document contains selected model programs that use home
assessment and modification, can serve as a guide for organizations
that wish to develop fall prevention programs for older
- Universal Design and Green Home Survey The purpose of this survey is to help people anticipate and plan for their current or future housing needs and budgets.
Use the survey, as well as the Green Home Survey Checklist, to assess your home's sustainability and to learn more about green design.
- Universal Design
Comes Home Creative universal designed homes yourself
with these useful tips!
- Unlawful Discrimination
(Chapter III: Housing) This site is an extract from
the Civil Rights Hand book; it offers information on consumers'
rights and remedies against unlawful discrimination in housing
on both state and federal levels.
- Using Technology to
Adapt Environments "When older adults' capabilities
don't match the demands of the environment, perhaps the
environment needs to be changed to adapt to environments."
Read about how technology can enhance the functional level
of people with disabilities.
- What is the ADA? Learn how this national civil rights law protects people
- Where the Heart Is: How to Pay for Home Modifications - This helpful article explains how to find funds for home modifications by using grants, loans, deducations, mortgages, insurance policies, and local home repair and modification resources.
- Why Older People Accept
or Reject Assistive Technology This article will help
better understand the suitable approach to older adults
on assistive technology.
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