Home Modification

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This list of links is divided into three sections:

Accessible Home Design

An easy to read online book that gives tips on making a home accessible. The site also has an architecture section with more information on accessible homes and healthcare architecture.

Accessible Space

A non-profit organization, develops affordable housing, supportive living, rehabilitation services for people with traumatic brain injuries and seniors. The site provides information on how to find housing for both diabled people and senior citizens.

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

The federal agency focused on increasing access to community support and resources for and older Americans.

American Physical Therapy Association

An organization representing professionals in the field of physical therapy whose goal is to increase awareness and support of physical therapy as an important part of health care.

ANFA

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture was founded to promote and advance knowledge that links neuroscience research to a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment.

Bipartisan Policy Center

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health, security, and opportunities for all Americans by promoting the unison of both parties on polarizing issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A part of the Department of Health and Human Services that provides health information and conducts research on expensive and dangerous health issues.

Concrete Change

Free basic construction guidelines and cost information, suggestions for heating up a nationwide and international movement for basic access in ALL new homes.

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

A center at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology dedicated to developing programs for seniors, families, and professionals to reduce fall risks in elderly adults.

Georgia Institute of Technology

A rehabilitation and research center focused on supporting aging-in-place for people with disabilities.

Home Modification Service Delivery During COVID-19

Now, more than ever, it is important to consider the safety and support of homes. We are “safer at home” when it comes to the new Coronavirus, but our homes can have fall hazards such as throw rugs or poor lighting that could make it difficult or even dangerous for residents and guests of various ages to move about. We created a fact sheet “Home Modification Service Delivery During COVID-19” that contains tips for professionals and consumers to consider when making changes to the home during these challenging times.

Homes Renewed

An organization focused on increasing the amount of American homes equipped to have residents living in them for the entirety of their lifespan.

Hometime Home Page

Information and excerpts from the home remodeling show, Hometime are available here.

IDEA Center for Inclusive Design Environmental Access

This inclusive web site provides links to the Center’s various research, development, and design programs, publications, special interests on home modifications, and offers innovative ideas on products that promote accessibility, as well as software to educate professionals about providing accessibility.

John Hopkins University School of Nursing

The top rated graduate nursing program in the nation dedicated to improving the health of individual and communities around the world and producing extraordinary nursing graduates.

Lighting the Way: A Key to Independence

A series of booklets on lighting for older people developed in collaboration between AARP and the Lighting Research Center (http://www.lrc.rpi.edu).

Meals on Wheels America

An organization focused on improving senior isolation and hunger by delivering nutritious meals to America’s seniors with recent targeted efforts on home safety.

National Alliance for Caregiving

A non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the lives of caregivers by supporting research, developing programs, and increasing awareness of family caregiving struggles.

National Association of Home Builders

Provides information on choosing a remodeler. The Research Center keeps U.S. home builders in tune with new technology and changing needs.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Provides a guide for hiring a remodeler for any region in the USA.

National Center for Healthy Housing

A non-profit organization focused on securing healthy homes for everyone through community based research and advocacy.

National Council on Aging, National Falls Prevention Resource Center

An organization focused on assisting elderly Americans to meet the challenges of aging by providing community programs, services, online help, and advocacy, specifically related to fall prevention.

National Kitchen and Bath Association

This web site offers consumers and professionals tips and guidelines on kitchen and bath designs and remodeling projects

National Safety Council

A non-profit organization focused on eliminating preventable deaths in homes, at work, in communities, and on the road through education, research, and advocacy.

Rebuilding Together

A national non-profit organization that rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners free of charge through volunteer efforts

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of American

This is an interdisciplinary association that focuses on technology and disability, through research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting individuals who are engaged in these activities

Remodeling Online

This web site offers extensive information on all aspects of remodeling. It also offers links to various helpful categories on remodeling such as architecture/ design, product information, how-to, home technology, and a virtual remodeling home tour

The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence

A center dedicated to conducting research to develop products and services for older adults as well as providing public education programs on safety, mobility, and independence.

The Home Wheelchair Ramp Project

Links, manuals, videos, and articles on how to construct and install accessible wheelchair ramps in your home

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM)

is dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes.Their Industry Partner,eSMMART, offers a Certificate in Senior Move Management (cSMM). A 25% discount is offered by entering the promo code ‘USC’ at the eSMMART Training Center.

United States Access Board

This independent federal agency is dedicated to promote accessibility to people with disabilities. Their web site includes a bi-monthly newsletter and a user-friendly version of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).