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.
- AAA and NORCs - The
Supportive Housing Connection: A Technical Assistance Quarterly
from the National Resource and Policy Center on Housing
and Long-Term Care
- A Blueprint for Action - A
conference that collaborates efforts to address the gap
between the need and available assistance of home accessibility.
- A House for
All Children - This useful book provides guidelines
for creating a safe and supportive home environment for
children with physical disabilities.
- Accessibility: It's
Yours for the Asking! - Find out what your rights are
under ADA and the approaches you can take to increase accessibility
in services and businesses.
Units(PDF) - This useful fact sheet defines accessory
units, outlines their importance, who they benefit, as well
as simple guidelines on how to begin.
- Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education - This article
discusses the benefits accredited online colleges provide students with disabilities.
- American Disabilities
Act: A Comprehensive Overview - Come visit this site
to find out more about ADA and how it prevents discrimination
against individuals with disabilities in public and private
sector services and employment.
- An Analysis of the Effects of Ramp
Slope on People with Mobility Impairments - A study
conducted by The Center of Universal Design in North Carolina
State University shows the effect of different ramp slope
on people with disabilities, from background, methodology,
- Assistive Technology
Assessment: A Comparative Analysis of Five Models -
This paper describes and compares five models of AT assessment
that are: Matching Person and Technology, Lifespace Access
Profile, SETT, Education Tech Points, and Wisconsin Assistive
to the Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing: Volume I -
Findings and Analysis and Volume II - Case Studies -
A publication that examines the barriers to housing rehabilitationthe
through a cooperative research effort between HUD and the
National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- 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.
- A Consumer's Guide
to Home Adaptation Published by the Adaptive Environments
Center, this useful guide offers steps to modifying home
environment from need evaluation, project planning to financing.
- Directory of Accessible Building Products -
This 2005 directory from the National Association of Home Builders contains
information on over 200 products available to individuals with disabilities and
functional limitations. The products listed are designed to enhance functional ability and accessibility in housing units.
- 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.)
Design Designing and Furnishing A Home For Your Later
Years. A room-by-room guide to the products, design concepts,
and technologies that will make your home into a safe, accessible
environment. This comprehensive easy-to-follow guide offers
simple, practical, and inexpensive ideas for turning the
home into a safe, accessible haven. $14.95 Penguin Books.
- 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.
- Falls Among Older Persons and the Role of the Home: An Analysis
of Cost, Incidence, and Potential Savings from Home Modification.
This article highlights the incidence and cost of fall injuries, the causes of falls, and the role of home modifications in fall prevention efforts. In addition, the article outlines a
sensitivity analysis by the Lewin Group which focuses on home modifications
cost and effectiveness on falls reduction.
- 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.
- Funding, Financing
and Other Resources for Home Modifications Need some
guidelines on how to obtain funding? Visit this site and
read the analysis from experts on the current constraints
and future limitations to funding, financing and other resources
for home modifications.
Housing Assistance This
informative fact sheet includes information on different
types of government housing, and how they benefit elderly
- Home Modifications
Among Households with Physical Activity Limitations
This is a summary from the periodical U.S. Housing Market
Conditions highlighting the result of 1995 American Housing
- 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 Modifications
Resource Guide, 4th Edition (2003) (pdf) - Features resources for professionals interested in home
modification: an annotated bibliography, an inventory of
pertinent organizations and agencies and their utility,
and a list of related journals and newsletters, websites,
and assessment instruments.
- 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.
- 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.
- Improving the Delivery
of Home Modifications This site provides insightful
discussion that addresses the problem of supply and demand
for home modifications services, the barriers to developing
an effective system of delivery, and recommendations to
At The Cutting Edge This book contains new ideas for
manufactured housing, from site design, structure, foundations,
to the interios and accessories.
- 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 Needs of Older Persons to Age in Place: Findings and
Recommendations for Action Submitted to the Commission
on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors
in the 21st Century, this testimony by Dr. Jon Pynoos addresses
the importance of home modification, its barriers, and recommendations
2003 Market Survey on Nursing Home Costs Nationwide
survey (in Microsoft Word) by the Metlife
Mature Market Institute looks at average daily nursing home
and hourly home health care aide costs. For more information
about MetLife, please visit the company's website at www.metlife.com
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.
and Supportive Housing: A Vision for the Future - Produced
by Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., this publication
highlights the important relation between the Olmstead decision
and supportive housing systems, as well as the opportunities
that supportive housing provides.
preliminary report of the "International Seminar on Environmental
Accessibility; planning and design of accessible urban development
in developing countries" including recommendations and
reports from several countries.
- A Profile of Older
Americans: 2002(PDF) This brochure from the Administration
on Aging provides updated statistics on older Americans
in 13 key subject areas such as, income, marital status,
and living arrangements.
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 Accessibility
Conference Hailed a Success Find out what made this
conference such a breaking success where hundreds of architects,
designers, and other professionals attended this Accessibility
Conference sponsored by the Access Board and the American
Institute of Architecture.
Design Accomodates Homeowners As They Age
or Lose Mobility This article (in PDF
format) from the Denver Post, discusses how universal
design features can help homeowners "age in place".
Universal design features in the home enable individuals
to remain in their homes and can postpone and help reduce/prevent
- 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.
- Urban Institute a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization
in Washington DC, has published a study on Community Development
in the 1990's by Chris Walker and Mark Weinheimer.
- 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.
Legislation - This is a matrix of visitability legislation
in states and cities.
- What Are
Your Rights? A
factsheet on housing rights for tenants with disabilities
governed by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988..
- 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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