National Directory: Pennsylvania

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:

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:

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Allentown, PA

Lehigh County Office Of Aging At Adult Services

Contact Person: Robin Flores

Address: 17 South Seventh Street, Allentown, PA 18101

Phone Number: 610-782-3036

Fax: 610-820-2028

Type of Services: Functional

Services/Modifications Provided: House repair, handrails, ramps and bathrooms.

Eligibility: Pays for materials, labor is free

Ambridge, PA

Home Safe Home

Contact Person:

Address: 345 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge, PA 15003

Email Address: valleycare@valleycareassociation.org

Phone Number: 724-266-0408

Sponsor: Valley Care Association

Director: Heather Sedlacko

Target Population: Adults 60 and over

No. of Persons Served/Year: 200

No. of Paid Staff: 1

Funding Sources: Yes

Services/Modifications Provided: Bathroom modifications, low rise stairs, stair railings, wheelchair ramps.

Total Budget: *Beaver County Office on Aging*SECORO Foundation *privation donations

Certification(s): John Seitz

Funding Home Mods: Yes

Beaver, PA

Beaver County Weatherization Program

Contact Person: Joel Oravitz

Address: 699 Fifth Street, Beaver, PA 15009

Phone Number: 412-775-6080

Established: 1976

Sponsor: Redevelopment Authority, County of Beaver

Target Population: Older, low-income and disabled

No. of Persons Served/Year: 500

No. of Paid Staff: 12 full-time, 1 part-time

Most Common Modification: 500570

Type of Services: Environmental

Special Features: 0.13

Services/Modifications Provided: Energy education, heating and cooling, weatherization

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

Funding Repairs: Yes

Bethlehem, PA

Stiltz Home Elevators

Contact Person: Mark Blomfield

Address: 57 South Commerce Way, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Email Address: stiltzliftsusa@gmail.com

Phone Number: 6104432282

Homepage/Website: www.stiltzlifts.com

Established: 2013

Type of Assessment: Array

Providers Education/Training: Array

Camp Hill, PA

Center for Independent Living of Central PA-Home Modifications & Access

Contact Person: Lynn Stewart-Krieger

Address: 207 House Avenue, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Email Address: lstewart@cilcp.org

Phone Number: 717-731-1900

Fax: 717-731-8150

Homepage/Website: www.cilcp.org

Established: 1989

Target Population: people with disabilities and older adults

Percentage of Clients Aged 60 Years+: 150

No. of Persons Served/Year: 150

No. of Paid Staff: 6

Most Common Modification: Bathrooms, ramps, widening doorways

Type of Assessment: Array

Assessor: Lynn Stewart Krieger

Providers Education/Training: Array

Funding Sources: Fee for services, state and county waiver funds

Special Features: Lynn has her C.A.P.S. and is a certified Environmental Accessibility Consultant. She has also personal experience using a mobility device which has given her a great understanding of accessibility.

Chambersburg, PA

Home Support Of Franklin County

Contact Person: Gloria Sprenkle

Address: 218 N. 2nd Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone Number: 717-263-2153

Fax: 717-261-3198

Established: 1974

Sponsor: Franklin County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

Target Population: Older; must be a homeowner for repair work

No. of Persons Served/Year: 310

No. of Paid Staff: 1 full-time, 4 part-time

Type of Services: Functional/environmental

Special Features: 1

Services/Modifications Provided: Miscellaneous minor repairs, minor modifications inc. ramps and handrails, general home repair

Total Budget: Title III - Older Americans Act, County share, Donations* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging

Certification(s): Case manager, Case aide, Occupational therapist, Client, Family or friends

Dicson, PA

Accessibility Modifications

Contact Person:

Address: 239 Main Street Suite 301, Dicson, PA 18519

Email Address: mcraig@homecarepenn.com

Phone Number: 570-780-8276

Fax: 570-309-0024

Homepage/Website: http://www.homecarepenn.com

Established: 2016

Director: Ed Shoener

Target Population: 60+

No. of Persons Served/Year: 1500

No. of Paid Staff: 5

Funding Sources: No

Special Features: 0.08

Services/Modifications Provided: Stair glides, ramps, bathroom modifications, grab bars

Total Budget: Private pay, waiver pending

Certification(s): Bill Shoener

Funding Home Mods: Yes

Funding Repairs: Clients are taught to be energy-conservation minded.

Downingtown, PA

Chester County Home Modification Program (CCHMP)

Contact Person:

Address: 41 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335

Email Address: hpcc.info@verizon.net

Phone Number: 610-518-1522

Homepage/Website: http://www.housingpartnershipcc.com/home-modification-program.html

Most Common Modification: CCHMP is funded by a grant received from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Keystone Communities Program. It provides a wide range of adaptive modifications which include, but are not limited to, ramps, lifts, door and

Erie, PA

Weatherization Program

Contact Person: Nick Placido

Address: 18 West 9th Street, Erie, PA 16501

Phone Number: 814-459-4581

Fax: 814-456-0161

Established: 1977

Sponsor: Greater Erie Community Action Committee

Target Population: Poverty

No. of Persons Served/Year: 239

No. of Paid Staff: 6

Most Common Modification: 500000

Services/Modifications Provided: Air filtration reduction

Total Budget: * Department of Energy* National Fuel Gas GPU * Energy Assistance

Glenside, PA

Drainworks Plumbing & Heating

Contact Person: Steve Glenn

Address: 46 Northview Drive, Glenside, PA 19038

Email Address: info@philadelphiaplumbingandheating.com

Phone Number: 215-333-8780

Fax: 215-887-7020

Homepage/Website: http://www.drainworksplumbingandheating.com/

Target Population: Elderly and disabled individuals in the Philadelphia area

No. of Persons Served/Year: 200+

No. of Paid Staff: 7

Funding Sources: No

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

Hamsburg, PA

Family Caregiver Support Program

Contact Person: John Docrity

Address: 555 Walnut Street, Hamsburg, PA 17101

Phone Number: 717-783-6842

Homepage/Website: http://www.aging.state.pa.us

Target Population: Over 60 years of age, and adults suffering from dementia

No. of Paid Staff: 6

Services/Modifications Provided: Grab bars and lowering cabinet levels

Total Budget: * Lottery funds* Block grants * The State Department of Aging.

Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania Home Solutions

Contact Person: Ben Brown

Address: 3809 Paxton St., Harrisburg, PA 17111

Email Address: blbrown@pabathsolutions.com

Phone Number: 717-412-4674

Fax: 717-412-4677

No. of Paid Staff: 6

Funding Sources: No

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

Hummelstown, PA

Handyman Matters Of Harrisburg

Contact Person:

Address: 1860 Meadow Ridge Dr, Hummelstown, PA 17036

Email Address: harrisburg.info@handymanmatters.com

Phone Number: 717-566-6604

Fax: 717-566-5778

Homepage/Website: http://www.handymanmatters.com/harrisburg

Established: 2004

Target Population: Elderly & disabled persons

No. of Persons Served/Year: 1250

No. of Paid Staff: 7

Services/Modifications Provided: Bathroom and enrty/egress modification, grab bars, toilet conversions

Funding Home Mods: Yes

Lancaster, PA

United Disabilities Services

Contact Person: Kirk Hummel

Address: 1905 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 17605

Email Address: homemodifications@udservices.org

Phone Number: 888-428-0240

Fax: 717-293-1595

Homepage/Website: http://www.udservices.org/

Established: 1965

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

No. of Persons Served/Year: 150

No. of Paid Staff: 9

Funding Sources: Yes

Services/Modifications Provided: Accessible bathroom, ramps and lifts

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

Lancaster County Aaa

Contact Person: Jacqueline Burch

Address: 150 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone Number: 717-299-7979 or 1-800-801-3070

Target Population: Elderly

No. of Persons Served/Year: 128

Most Common Modification: 125000

Services/Modifications Provided: Installing home modifications and assistive devices

Total Budget: * CDBG * Miscellaneous funds

Lewisburg, PA

Seda-Cog Basic Home Improvement

Contact Person: Michael Fisher

Address: RR#1 Box 372, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone Number: 717-524-4491

Fax: 717-524-9190

Homepage/Website: http://www.seda-cog.org

Established: 1988

Target Population: Low-income and persons who need housing rehabilitation.

No. of Paid Staff: 4.5

Most Common Modification: 125000

Special Features: 70-100%

Services/Modifications Provided: Upgrading structural systems: heating and electrical.

Total Budget: State grants and funds

Meadowbrook, PA

Holy Redeemer Home Care: LifeAssess

Contact Person:

Address: 1648 Huntingdon Pike, Meadowbrook, PA 19046

Phone Number: 800-818-4747

Homepage/Website: https://www.holyredeemer.com/Main/LifeAssessatHome1.aspx

Most Common Modification: This private company was founded by an occupational therapist and physical therapist who conduct comprehensive home environment assessments. They are also involved in studies (e.g., CAPABLE), work with the DC Office on Aging Safe At Home Program and serve on the Fairfax County Building for All Committee

Millerstown, PA

Wyng Products

Contact Person:

Address: 240 Stony Creek Way, Millerstown, PA 17602

Email Address: info@wyngproducts.com

Phone Number: 888-438-9964

Homepage/Website: http://www.wyngproducts.com

Target Population: Disabled community

Services/Modifications Provided: Bathroom modifications

Monongahela, PA

Handyman Matters Of Harrisburg

Contact Person: Sandra

Address: 1610 Fourth St, Monongahela, PA 15063

Email Address: mcmcra@comcast.net

Phone Number: 724-258-4884

Fax: 724-258-2344

Homepage/Website: http://www.handymanmatters.com

Type of Services: Environmental

Montrose, PA

Home Maintenance Program

Contact Person: Dennis Phelps

Address: 10 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801

Phone Number: 570-278-3338

Target Population: At risk, elderly, handicapped and low-income individuals

No. of Persons Served/Year: 60-70

Most Common Modification: $60,000-$70,000

Type of Services: Functional

Services/Modifications Provided: Ramps and bathroom modifications

Total Budget: CDBG and AAA

Certification(s): AAA or hospital guidelines

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Corporation For Aging

Contact Person: Susan Klein

Address: 642 Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone Number: 215-765-9000

Fax: 215-765-9066

Homepage/Website: http://www.pcacares.org/

Established: 1980

Target Population: Low-income, disabled seniors

No. of Persons Served/Year: 150

No. of Paid Staff: 16

Most Common Modification: 2000000

Special Features: 1

Services/Modifications Provided: Railings, grab bars, ramps, and lifts

Total Budget: CDBG and lottery

Adaptive Modifications Program

Contact Person: George Russell

Address: 1234 Market Street 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Email Address: george.russell@phila.gov

Phone Number: 215-448-2173

Fax: 215-209-8655

Homepage/Website: http://www.phdchousing.org

Established: 1991

Sponsor: Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation

Director: George Russell

Target Population: low income Philadelphia residents with permanent physical disabilities

No. of Persons Served/Year: 150

No. of Paid Staff: 7

Most Common Modification: $1.655,000 annually

Funding Sources: yes

Services/Modifications Provided: accessbile bathrooms, stairway elevators, wheelchair lifts

Total Budget: Philadelphia Housing Trust FundPA Accessible Housing Program Philadelphia Housing Preservation Program Bond

Is your organization Non-Profit?: yes

Certification(s): occupational therapist

Pittsburgh, PA

Aardvark Adaptive Modifications

Contact Person: Jim Costello

Address: 18 First Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Email Address: access4all@aol.com

Phone Number: 412-406-7019

Fax: 412-406-7289

Established: 2006

Target Population: Elderly and Persons with Disabilities

No. of Paid Staff: 5

Type of Services: Environmental

Services/Modifications Provided: Accessible Bath-Ramps

Total Budget: Medicare Waiver Programs, Private PA, Worker's Comp Ins

Certification(s): Diane Salvagio and Jim Costello

Affordable Adaptive Solutions

Contact Person: Aliza Selvaggio

Address: 1389 Old Freeport Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Email Address: aliza@affordableadaptivesolutions.com

Phone Number: 412-406-8345

Homepage/Website: http://www.affordableadaptivesolutions.com

Established: 2015

Target Population: Those who wish to Age in Place and persons with disabilities

Services/Modifications Provided: Universal design, barrier-free bathrooms, grab bars, automatic door systems, ramps

Affordable Adaptive Solutions LLC

Contact Person: Jim Costello

Address: 13189 Old Freeport Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Email Address: access4all@aol.com

Phone Number: 412-406-8345

Homepage/Website: www.affordableadaptivesolutions.com

Established: 2014

Director: Jim Costello

Target Population: people with Disabilities and Seniors wishing to Age in Place

Percentage of Clients Aged 60 Years+: 300-400

No. of Paid Staff: 4

Most Common Modification: Accessible bath mods , Ramps and lifts

Type of Assessment: yes

Assessor: Jim Costello Diane Selvaggio

Providers Education/Training: no

Funding Sources: Private pay, Insurance and Waiver programs

Total Budget: NA

Richboro, PA

Modifications For Independent Living

Contact Person:

Address: 79 Poplar Dr, Richboro, PA 18954

Email Address: ldubas@safeinyourspace.com

Phone Number: 657-217-2337

Fax: 215-504-7414

Homepage/Website: http://www.safeinyourspace.com

Established: 2013

Target Population: physical and mental disabilities, homeless and veterans

No. of Persons Served/Year: 250-300

Services/Modifications Provided: Tub to shower conversions, ramps, room additions

St. Marys, PA

Life And Independence For Today (Lift)

Contact Person: Robert Mecca

Address: 503 East Arch Street, St. Marys, PA 15857

Email Address: lift@liftcil.org

Phone Number: 814-781-3050

Fax: 814-781-1917

Homepage/Website: http://www.liftcil.org

Established: 37073

Target Population: All ages, all disabilities

No. of Persons Served/Year: 50

West Chester, PA

Community Development Rehabilitation Program

Contact Person:

Address: Government Services Center601 Westtown Road, Suite 365, West Chester, PA 19380-0990

Phone Number: 610-344-6900

Established: 1976

Sponsor: Redevelopment Agency, Chester County

Director: Barbara W. Wilson

Target Population: Older, disabled, underpriviliged, homeless persons

No. of Persons Served/Year: 70

No. of Paid Staff: 3 full-time

Most Common Modification: 500000

Type of Services: Functional/environmental

Special Features: 0.7

Services/Modifications Provided: Roofs, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, doors and windows

Total Budget: Community Development Block Grant

Neighborhood Health Agencies: Senior Healthlink

Contact Person:

Address: 795 East Marshall Street, Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380

Phone Number: 610-696-6511

Homepage/Website: https://www.chestercountyhospital.org/services-and-treatments/home-care-and-hospice-neighborhood-health/homecare-services/senior-healthlink

Most Common Modification: The goal of Senior HealthLink is to allow older adults to age in place while maintaining optimum health for as long as possible. Senior HealthLink, which includes a home safety program, is a free outreach program that benefits people age 65+ who have multiple medical issues and whose family are caring for them. It serves a low-income community and reaches a broad audience of older adults that includes frail individuals, while providing valuable hands-on experiences for senior nursing students. Initial visits are made following the return home from the hospital or emergency room