Home Modification

This list of links is divided into three sections:

ABLEDATA

This comprehensive web site on products that support independent living was created by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research as part of the Administration for Community Living.

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.

Easy Living Home

is a coalition of organizations that certifies builders who use accessible design. Home buyers can also find out about homes in their area. Most of the builders are located in Georgia but Easy Living Home is planning to expand to other states.

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.

Homeplans

This site features a vast collection of home plans and an exclusive section on many aspects of Universal Design.

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.

ImproveNet

This is an Internet Service Company dedicated to help homeowners find reliable contractors, architects and designers for their remodeling and new construction projects.

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).

Livable Design

Livable Design’s Seal of Approval was established in 2009, by its parent company, Eskaton, a senior residence and service provider throughtout Northern California.

Livable Design National Demonstration

Features an online virtual “toolbox” of information and education that articulates the benefits of Livable Design, highlighting an Eskaton-built National Demonstration Home in Roseville, California.

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

Sentinel Construction

This company specializes in construction and remodeling projects that enhance accessibility and independent living

StayHome Safe, Inc.

The business of StayHome Safe, Inc. is fall prevention through inexpensive home modifications allowing people to live at home. StayHome Safe is a licensed and certified home modification specialist

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 Helping Home

The Helping Home is an online directory of in-depth guides on how to age in place safely with home modifications, medical equipment, and assistive devices

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).