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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.

Summary of Senior Accessible Housing Act. Congress; Patrick Murphy (Sponsor) 2016

This bill summary explains the introduction of a plan that amends the Internal Revenue Code. It aims to grant adults aged 60 and over up to $30,000 in nonrefundable credit for modifications made on their home to help them live safely, independently, and comfortably.

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Systematic Review Of The Effect Of Home Modification And Fall Prevention Programs On Falls And The Performance Of Community-Dwelling Older Adults (2012)

This paper explores the impact of fall prevention programs and home modifications on falls and the performance of community dwelling older adults. The most impactful results were found for multifactorial programs including home evaluations and modifications, exercise, education, medication checks and assistive technology.

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Technical Assistance Brief #3

Recruitment of Fall Prevention Coalition Members, Katie Mack, MPA, MSG and Julie Overton, MSG/MHA

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Technical Assistance Brief #4

Strategic Planning for Coalitions, Katie Mack, MPA, MSG and Julie Overton, MSG/MHA

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Technical Assistance Brief #5

Evaluation Basics for Fall Prevention Coalitions and Programs, Gretchen Alkema, PhD & Phoebe Liebig, PhD

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Technical Assistance Brief #6

Pathways to Sustaining Fall Prevention Activities, Emily B. Nabors, MSG, Gretchen Alkema, PhD & Phoebe Liebig, PhD

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The Central Role of the Occupational Therapist

Six reviews/inquiries into housing adaptations/home modifications processes occurred in Wales between 2004 and 2015. One resulted in the removal of the means test for children’s Disabled Facilities Grants. This research investigated families’ and professionals’ experiences of the adaptations/home modification process to gain an understanding of their views and experiences.

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The Experience of Malaysian Occupational Therapists in Conducting Home Assessments and Home Visits with Older Clients 

Muhammad Hibatullah Romli1,2, Lynette Mackenzie1, Maw Pin Tan3, Meryl Lovarini1, Lindy Clemson1

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The Housing Enabler (HE)

The HE instrument assesses a person’s functional limitations and the home environment for physical barriers that may threaten accessibility. It includes a three-step assessment and analysis procedure: 1) a dichotomous assessment of a person’s functional capacity (12 items on functional limitations and two items on dependence on mobility devices); 2) a dichotomous assessment of the physical environmental barriers in the home and the close exterior surroundings (161 items); 3) the calculation of an overall magnitude of accessibility problems score. Physical environmental barriers can also be rank-ordered based on their contribution to the total accessibility problems score (Iwarsson et al. 2012).

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The In-Home Occupational Performance Evaluation for informal caregivers providing assistance. (2016)

This article discusses the strain on caregivers due to home modification interventions and how to better support caregiver populations. The goal is to modify these projects in order to adapt home modification interventions to better support informal caregivers.

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The Lifetime Home

This interactive resource of the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology includes photos of design features and products in actual homes that have been modified.

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The 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.

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The Personal and Health Service Impact of Falls in 85 Year Olds: Cross-Sectional Findings from the Newcastle 85+ Cohort Study; (Collerton, et al, 2012)

A discussion of the prevalence of falls among seniors 85 years and older, and the acute and preventative services required

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The Potential to Reduce Falls and Avert Costs by Clinically Managing Fall Risk

This CDC publication is the first to show that evidence-based fall prevention interventions delivered by U.S. healthcare providers have the ability to prevent thousands of falls, thereby improving the health and well-being of older Americans.

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The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective | NCD.gov

A 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.

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Tribal Entities with Home Modification Services

A list of home modification services for various tribes in each state as well as the contact information of the director of such services

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Programs and Services

Section 504 Home Repair Loans/ Grants provide loans (up to $20,000) to very-low-income homeowners age 62 or older in rural areas to repair, improve, or modernize their homes or grants (up to $7,500) to remove health and safety hazards.

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U.S. 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 adults.

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Update On Falls Prevention For Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Review Of Single And Multifactorial Intervention Programs (2008)

This article investigates the effectiveness of fall prevention programs for community-dwelling older adults. The comprehensive critical analysis of the literature found: (1) multifactorial fall prevention programs appear to be more effective for older individuals with a previous fall history versus a nonselect group; and (2) medication and vision assessment with appropriate health practitioner referral should be included in a falls screening examination and more.

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USC and HUD Joint Publication Focuses on The Role of Multi-Family Owners and Home Modification

Home Modification and Repairs for Older Adults

As the aging population in the United States increases, the number of older adults living in HUD-assisted housing also continues to grow rapidly. Both property owners and residents benefit from supportive home environments. For instance, residents typically want to live independently for as long as possible and stable tenure reduces management costs. Even so, as older adults capability’s change, configuration of their homes can present many challenges to living safely and independently. Adaptations of the living environment, called home modifications, help improve the comfort and safety of older persons, allowing them to flourish in independent housing and age-in-place.

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USDA Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants: Section 504 (Préstamos y subsidios para la reparación de viviendas unifamiliares)

Fact sheet in Spanish on the USDA Section 504 Loan and Grant Program that may be used for home repairs

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Variation in the Presence of Simple Home Modifications of Older Americans: Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study. (2016).

This article has findings including those with less education, income, and social support are less likely to have home modifications.

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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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