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Home Modification Education for States
(HOMES) Program

Thank you for your interest in the Home Modification Education for States (HOMES) Program!

With support from the Retirement Research Foundation and input from National and State Advisory Committees, the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is pleased to offer dynamic, online pilot programs of five interactive, online courses at a reduced price. Professionals from three states are provided with a special opportunity to receive home modification training from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Three state-specific online Programs were created: Illinois (administered June – September, 2018); Wisconsin (administered July – October, 2018); and Florida (offered October 2 – January 15, 2019).

Get up to speed quickly on the latest home modification information in your state: research, products, funding strategies and sources, policies, community planning issues, innovative companies and programs… and more!

Below is a list of FAQs as well as course descriptions.

Registration for the Illinois and Wisconsin Programs is now closed. We anticipate future offerings in 2019. Pilot evaluation findings will be incorporated. To be added to a mailing list for announcements, please contact homemods@usc.edu. If you are interested in training before that time, please see our other home modification training opportunities here: Homemods Online Courses.

Registration for Florida the HOMES Program is open. Register by September 14 for the early bird rate and save $25!

 

If you have any questions email Emily Nabors at emily.nabors@usc.edu.

Who is this Program for?

This program is designed for professionals who work directly or indirectly in the field of supportive home environments. Students include remodelers/contractors, planners, personnel of organizations representing the elderly and people with disabilities, occupational and physical therapists, policymakers, and others interested in starting their own home modification business. The courses connect professionals from around the state who learn from each other as well as experts in the field.

How do I take these courses?

Students take courses right from the comfort of their computer. Each course includes two online lectures with email and Discussion Board exercises, graphics, resources, and technical assistance from the instructors. The lectures are made available to you on a specific start day. On that day, you will receive your User Name and Password to access the course. Students spend approximately 4-6 hours each week completing the assignments. Each week’s assignments must be completed within the week; however, they may be submitted at any time during that week. Students interact with each other via a Course List Serve and Discussion Boards.

How long is each course?

The Home Modification Education for States (HOMES) Program consists of five courses.

  • Courses 1-4: 2.5 weeks each (worth 12 CEU hours for each course).
  • Course 5: one week (worth 6 CEU hours).

What will I receive after taking the courses?

After completing all five courses and a Final Exam, students earn their HOMES Certificate from the University of Southern California. Students also receive a Letter of Completion after each course

what is the cost?

With support from the Retirement Research Foundation, we are pleased to offer this world class training opportunity as a Pilot Program at a reduced price. Since students will be asked to complete pre- and post-Program evaluations, the full fee for the nearly four month Program has been reduced to the low cost of $500.

HOMES Florida - Intro Video

HOMES Illinois - Intro Video

HOMES Wisconsin - Intro Video

Home Modification Course #1: The Basics And Beyond

This course covers what home modifications are and why they are important. It will discuss the important aspects of universal design and assistive devices in maintaining independence. Students will become familiar with home assessment instruments and safety checklists. Students will learn important communication skills for making suggestions and recommendations for home modifications. Students will learn about common home modifications. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructors: Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.; Julie Overton, MSG/MHA.; Susan M. Duncan, R.N..

Florida: October 2 – 19, 2018

Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Home Modification Course #2: How To Get It Done

This course will equip students with the skills to: identify a qualified contractor; negotiate for contractor services; read architectural drawings and plans; individualize home modification strategies to meet users’ needs; locate products; and evaluate a project upon completion. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructor: Mike W. Carter, MS, OTR/L.

Florida: October 23 – November 9, 2018

Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Home Modification Course #3: Funding Resources And Financing Mechanisms

This course covers how to fund home modifications and how to tap into community resources. It will discuss finding resources within individual communities as well as at state and federal levels. It will also discuss what opportunities are available in the private sector. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructor: Diane Sprague.

Florida: November 13 – 30, 2018

Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Home Modification Course #4: Raising Community Awareness And Coalition Building

This course examines the process of raising community awareness about the need for home modifications. It will teach students how to assess the home modification needs of their community and how to build strong, effective community coalitions. It will teach students how to tap into the national home modification network. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct community outreach events and market their home modification services. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructor: Emily Nabors, MSG.

Florida: December 4 – 21, 2018

Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Home Modification Course #5: The Ethics Of Home Modification

This short course is designed to raise your awareness of ethical issues related to home modification. It will address what ethics are, why they are important and how they apply to special populations including older persons and persons with disabilities. While many professionals are aware that the growing 65+ population in the United States controls much of the country’s wealth and spending power, it is just as important to consider how this population might require certain ethical considerations and protections. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructor: Leon Watts, MSG.

Florida: January 8 – 15, 2019

Continuing Education: Equivalent of 6 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory