Home Modification Resources

Links

This list of links is divided into three sections:

  1. Links that feature Home Modification,
  2. Links on Supportive Housing
  3. Links that feature aging issues (general resources).

 

Home Modification Related Links

  • AARP - A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. This website includes a section titled "Internet Resources on Aging" that includes links to several home modification and universal design websites.
  • ABLEDATA - The premier source of links to assistive technology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Access to Recreation - This website offers products that fascilitate adaptive exercise (aerobic & weight-training) and recreation equipment for fishing, hunting, golf, swimming, bowling, wheelchair ramps and much more.
  • AccessVirginia - sponsored by Virginia Housing Development Authority and the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. It provides information on accessible apartments in Virginia. There also resources related to independent living, universal design and accessible housing requirements.
  • Adaptive Access Company - This company provides a comprehensive range of accessible solutions to homes and businesses and offers accessible home remodeling and modifications in Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas.
  • Ageless Design - a resource for caregivers and professionals dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Australian Network for Universal Housing Design provides access provisions in the Building Code of Australia for new and modified housing. These building codes are based on the principles of universal design.
  • The Boulevard - A disability resource directory of products and services for the physically challenged, elderly, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
  • DSA--Division of State Architect acts as California's policy leader for building design and construction as well as develops and maintains the accessibility standards and codes utilized in public and private buildings throughout California. See DSA's "Universal Design" pages for more information.
  • Dynamic Living provides specialty products to people who need them in order to maintain their independence in their own home. They also provide valuable tips and ideas via their monthly e-mail monthly newsletter.
  • 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.
  • Eldercare Locator Provides fact sheets on home modifications in four languages.
  • Elder Options of Texas is an online senior directory specializing exclusively in the state of Texas that is meeting the needs of aging Texans. We are a one-stop-shop for finding Texas senior services, resources and information!
  • Eldercare Resource Locator Searchable database of financial assistance resources that help pay for or lower the cost of home modifications, assistive technology and long term care.
  • Flaghouse is a catalog that offers products to meet the needs of OT's, PT's, Speech Pathologists, Recreation Therapists, and their patients. Whether you're in private practice or work in a school, hospital, residential facility, or clinic, Flaghouse carries top-quality, affordable exercise equipment, therapy aids and furniture.
  • GiveTech provides computer tools designed specifically for those with severe physical disabilities that allow increased self-reliance and a vastly enhanced computing and Internet experience. GiveTech's goal is to provide such technological tools to those in need.
  • Home Modifications in Pennsylvania is dedicated to information about Home Modifications for Pennsylvania residents who are elderly, disabled, or both. Their primary purpose is to help you find sources of funding in Pennsylvania that may be able to help you or your client pay for home modifications.  
  • Habinteg Housing Association builds and maintains accessible homes within various neighborhoods in the U.K. They also have a policy and research department.
  • Homes for Our Troops is a Massachusetts based non-profit that raises money for and constructs adaptive housing for injured veterans.
  • Home Technology Systems, Inc. - This company features a variety of Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) products and services, such as the award-winning MainStreet Messenger packaged in a user-friendly telephone that provides easy access to emergency help.
  • Hometime Home Page - Information and excerpts from the home remodeling show, Hometime are available here.
  • Homeplans - This site features a vast collection of home plans and an exclusive section on many aspects of Universal Design.
  • Housing Research Foundation - This inclusive site features information for housing professionals and consumers on major housing issues, the Hope VI program, and the continuum of supportive housing options.
  • 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.
  • Life With Ease - lifewithease.com specializes in products to help prevent injuries, live with injuries, and aid with impairments. Products that will help everyone to maximize their functionality at home and at work.
  • 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 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.
  • Mobility Products - Manufacturer of customized accessible mobility devices & standing devices that assist children & adults with severe physical disabilities including cerebral palsy & spina bifida. These devices allow children the freedom to initiate exploration, enhance problem-solving experiences & increase self esteem & peer perception.
  • National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse (NAAC) - This public service program offers accessible apartment listings throughout the nation with over 46,000 units and covers more than 155 major metropolitan cities.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • National Kitchen and Bath Association - This web site offers consumers and professionals tips and guidelines on kitchen and bath designs and remodeling projects.
  • Open Sesame - The Open Sesame Door System unlatches, opens, and closes a door with the touch of a button and has been designed for the home environment. It is especially designed for people in wheelchairs and is currently one of the smallest and most attractive products on the market.
  • 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.
  • RehabTool.com Leading edge assistive and adaptive technology products and services for people with disabilities. Free product search and referrals. High-tech augmentative and alternative communication devices, multilingual speech synthesis, voice recognition software, on-screen keyboards, computer access equipment, cognitive rehabilitation tools adapted to the special needs of the differently abled.
  • 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.
  • Sage Solutions for Independent Living - Sage Solutions sells accessible bath and showers throughout North America and also provide their customers with installation services locally.
  • Sentinel Construction - This company specializes in construction and remodeling projects that enhance accessibility and independent living.
  • S&S - This catalog offers age appropriate products specifically designed to enhance the lives of seniors through activity and movement.
  • 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.
  • Trace Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison - This web site provides links to other sites on Universal Design in telecommunications, computers, and consumer products, web page design, and housing, built environment, and outdoor environments.
  • Tool Base Service - This is a resource for technical housing information such as building products, materials, new technologies, business management and housing systems.
  • Universal Home -This web site features various links to different areas of the home (eg., windows and doors, kitchen and bath, storage, electrical, lighting, steps and walkways) with questions that examine the safety and accessibility of the home and universal design products. There are also resources for home modifications.
  • Visitability PA - In an attempt to overcome difficulties that traditional homes pose for people with disabilities, the changes required were soon recognized by many as good common-sense methods of increasing the safety and value of their homes. These standards are good design with minimal expense and maximum potential return. They are low-premium insurance against many possible discomforts that occur when aging parents cannot visit a home, when a temporary injury requires a wheelchair, walker or crutches, when the furniture movers arrive. The features that make a home visitable also make it better.
  • Welcome, H.O.M.E. - Welcome, House Of Modification Examples, Inc. is a licensed bed and breakfast designed for persons of all abilities.

 

Supportive Housing

  • Access Center for Independent Living (ADAPT) - A community for people with disabilities.
  • Beyond 50.03: A Report to the Nation on Independent Living and Disability - This report, the third in AARP's Beyond 50 series, takes an in-depth look at the roles of supportive services, family and community, and our social and physical environments in enhancing the independence of age 50+ persons with disabilities.
  • CANHR--California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform is a non-profit organization that has been fighting for the rights of long-term care residents in California since 1983. Through community education, legislation, and litigation, it has been CANHR's goal to remind decision maker of what needs to be done about long-term care.
  • California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging - A non-profit organization of health care homes and services for the aging.
  • California Care Network - The organization helps families and elderly locate services and state-licensed and certified facilities that serves the aging population.
  • California Housing Law Project - This informative website provides news and action alerts related to affordable housing as well as statistics, links, and information on pending legislation in California.
  • California Nursing Home Search - an interactive website designed to provide comprehensive, consumer-friendly comparative information. The primary goal of California Nursing Home Search is to benefit consumers, health professionals, quality watchdogs and nursing homes themselves by providing an independent, verified source of quality information.
  • Center for International Rehabilatation Research Information Exchange - an informative and interactive website that attempts to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise in rehabilitation research between the U.S. and other countries.
  • Council of Large Public Housing Authorities - The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of public housing.
  • Disabilityinfo.gov is the U.S. government’s online resource for people with disabilities. The housing section has information on accessible and affordable housing.
  • Elmcroft - has a mission to enrich the lives of those who live and work with us by responding to their unique needs and universal desire for dignity and respect.
  • Eden Alternative - An alternative philosophy to raditional long term care institutional settings.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Programs - Family Nurse Practitioner Programs strives to provide readers with the best information available about family nurse practitioner degrees.
  • Federal National Mortgage Association - This web site of the FannieMae Foundation provides extensive information on mortgage loans to single-family, multifamily, housing & community development, as well as company news, listings of property on-sale, business opportunities with the Foundation, and information to both investors and consumer.
  • Garaventa Accessibility - Garaventa Accessibility is a leading manufacturer of wheelchair lifts (Garaventa Stair-Lift), vertical lifts for both residential and commercial use (Garaventa Genesis), portable wheelchair lifts and emergency evacuation devices for those who are mobility impaired.
  • Guide to Retirement Living - Features articles related to aging and retirement living.
  • Housing and Rehabilitation Association - This web site offers useful links to many public housing redevelopment projects and contacts, publications, information on conferences, and other related links on housing and rehabilitation.
  • Housing Options Made Easy (HOME) - A free referral and placement service for seniors and families in Northern California.
  • HandSteady are the creators of drinkSteady, a product with a handle and a rubber grip captures mugs, cans and wine glasses. Gravity stablizes the drink by allowing the handle to be twisted in two directions. A catch on the handle locks the mechanism to pour the drink into your mouth. Special effort went into designing an ergonomic handle to fit all hand sizes and to look like a popular thermos cup.
  • HUD's HOPE VI - program transforms public housing projects into mixed-income, diverse, and stable neighborhoods in order to attract middle-income persons to developments that include a wide range of incomes and housing types.
  • Invisible Caregiver Innovations - Creators of the Outta Bed, a product for those that require barrier free bed mobility, and bed fall prevention. 
  • ICC Online– The International Code Council’s website provides information regarding codes, standards, products and services in regards to the safety and performance of built environments.
  • Independent Living - Serving self-help organizations of disabled people who work for equal opportunities, self-determination and self-respect. They offer training materials, technical assistance and information on personal assistance, advocacy, access, legislation and peer support. 
  • Independent Living Vacation Homes - Independent Living also has a listing of accessible vacation homes.
  • Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging - Representing not-for-profit community, church and government sponsored adult care homes, retirement communities, and social service programs for the elderly.
  • Knowledgeplex - This website sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation is a new resource for news, data and information about affordable housing and community development.
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsmen of Ventura County - This group is dedicated to serving the frail and vulnerable elderly in long-term care facilities in Ventura County.
  • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research - The NIDRR works to improve and promote housing options for disabled people to ultimately perform their regular activities in the community and to bolster society’s ability to provide full opportunities and appropriate supports for the disabled.
  • National Center for Home Equity Conversion - A comprehensive and useful web site that provides information on reverse mortgage, including a FAQ section, alerts on reverse mortgage, an online calculator to calculate the cost and return from a reverse mortgage and personal analysis as well as alternatives to reverse mortgage.
  • National Home Of Your Own Alliance - This web site offers various links relating to homeownership, including funding sources, barriers to home ownership, relevant policy issues, state coalitions' newsletters, and publications.
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition/LIHIS - Established in 1974, the National Low Income Housing Coalition/LIHIS is the only national organization dedicated solely to ending America's affordable housing crisis. The NLIHC is committed to educating, organizing, and advocating to ensure decent, affordable housing within healthy neighborhoods for everyone. NLIHC provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and the strategies for solutions.
  • NeighborWorks Program - Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. 
  • New Lifestyles Online - Your source for senior living and care options. Listing all state licensed senior housing communities and care agencies nationwide. View online tours, services and amenities or contact the facilities directly with your questions. All of this information, plus our 45 metropolitan area print guides are available free of charge to the public and distributors.
  • New York State Health Facilities Association - Association of nursing facilities specializing in traditional residential nursing home services, sub-acute on short term care, or those in need of rehabilitative services.
  • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency - Created by the General Assembly in 1972, the agency has financed more than 55,000 apartment units and 84,000 houses, with the goal of providing affordable housing for older adults, low-income families and persons with disabilities.
  • RAM, Mfg. - RAM Manufacturing Ltd. designs & manufactures vertical elevating products for residential & commercial buildings. Their lifts can be customized to accomodate new or existing buildings with little or no modification. RAM has an extensive network of distributors across North America that are ready to assist you.
  • SeniorSites - A list of nonprofit providers of senior housing, healthcare and services throughout the nation is found on this site.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Federal agency responsible for housing programs, community and economic development. HUD grant announcements and applications may be obtained online.
  • United Spinal Association (formerly Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association) - The United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of veterans with spinal cord injuries or diseases by ensuring quality health care, promoting research, and advocating for civil rights and independence.
  • Western Virginia Retirement Guide - A guide to retirement facilities, home health care, retirement communities and nursing homes.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Home Clearinghouse - Regular publications do not publish houses as "wheelchair accessible" because this could be construed as limiting the usage of the residence to people in wheelchair only. This site publishes ONLY those houses that are wheelchair accessible.
  • Where the Heart Is: How to Pay for Home Modifications - This helpful article explains how to find funds for home modifications by using grants, loans, deducations, mortgages, insurance policies, and local home repair and modification resources.

 

General Resources

  • AAPD – The American Association of People with Disablities website offers information and support to those with disabilities.
  • A Place for Mom– A Place for Mom is the nation's largest senior living referral service, each month helping 15,000 families make informed decisions, save time, and feel less alone as they search for care.
  • Abilities Expo - The one show for assisted living products and services.
  • Acessiblidade (in Spanish) - An online database that provides links to informational technology, accessibility and rehabilitation technology.
  • Adaptive Environments Center -This web site provides links to the various services the center offers, such as education and training, technical assistance and consultation, publications and universal design to adjust the environment to fit all people.
  • Age Concern England - This web site has links on aging issues in England, facts, and information on how to get involved with the organization with an online donation feature, and volunteer opportunities.
  • AgeNet - Provides actionable information on health, geriatric drugs, legal, financial, insurance, housing and caregiver support issues.
  • Aging in Oklahoma - This resourceful web site contains links on various information including fitness, mental health and aging, tips to caregivers, legal issues, and government sites.
  • Aging Research Centre (ARC) - This research web site offers links to recent aging related articles, which is updated monthly, real audio features, and research projects of interest.
  • Alliance for Retired Americans - This national organization serves to protect the health and economic security of seniors, and voice the opinions of retirees and older Americans.
  • Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) - The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.
  • The Alzheimer’s Daily News provides information on dealing with Alzheimer’s and regularly updates readers on updated information to help fight and accommodate Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Alzheimer's Education & Referral Center - A service of the National Institute on Aging, the Center helps disseminate information about Alzheimer's disease and other related disorder.
  • Alzheimer Solutions - A great resource for caregivers in search of caregiving tips, information, and products that will make caring for a loved one easier and safer.
  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry - This inclusive web site has many resources related to aging and psychiatry; it has links to AAGP bookstore, consumer information, advocacy and public policy, American Journal for Geriatric Psychiatry, a bulletin for health professionals, and information from the press.
  • American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) - A comprehensive website that offers information for elderly people and includes information on home modifications, legislative issues, leisure, volunteer experiences, long term care and more.
  • American Federation for Aging Research - Funds junior investigators and medical and Ph.D students to do biomedical research on aging and age-related conditions.
  • American Institute of Architects - This web site provides information for architectural professionals and helps consumers find the suitable architects.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association - Provides tips, consumer information, a consumer fact sheet and many more services.
  • American Planning Association - This web site provides various information, such as consultant services, how to become a certified planner, updates about the National Planning Conference, various research projects, and links to educational opportunities and careers and more.
  • American Society of Interior Designers - The web site offers links to the organization's continuing education, government affair, and information to design students with downloadable online application.
  • American Society on Aging - An interdisciplinary organization in the field of aging.
  • Andrus Center - This web site provides links to the various programs the center provides, including academic degree programs and online programs for the distance learning, the research institute, and information on careers in aging as well as community resources and publications
  • Apple Accessibility - Apple computer offers several online programs that have easy access features to promote accessibility for users with disabilities; this web site offers links to these programs such as World Wide Disabilities Solutions, and provides resources on technology and learning for people with special needs.
  • The Archstone Foundation - The organization is a leader in the world of philanthropy for issues related to older Americans.
  • Beneficial Designs, Inc. - This engineering and design firm web site offers links to their research, design, and education programs, there are also links on product assessment, universal access to outdoor environment with information on trails and more.
  • Best of the Web Senior Housing Guide - The BOTW Senior Housing Directory was designed to offer you a variety of tools to research assisted living and retirement homes in your local community. Our easy-to-use site helps investigate Alzheimer's care, assisted living, independent living, and in-home care and helps you make the best decision for your loved ones.
  • The Boulevard - Providing valuable information about quality products and services available to individuals with disabilities and Healthcare professionals.
  • BrightFocus Foundation - BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
  • British Geriatrics Society - This is a professional organization for doctors who specialize in medicine in old age.
  • Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. - This site offers useful tips to consumers, link to new home communities for homebuyers, real estate news, and their calendar of events as well as links to news on all chapters of the Building Industry Association in Southern California.
  • Can-We-Talk - The web site offers many useful links to programs that help people adapt to disabilities, such as voice recognition programs, products for people with physical disabilities and visual disabilities, and productivity tools.
  • Care Providers of Minnesota - The web site provides links to consumer information center that provides tips on choosing a nursing home, health care jobs center, industry products, and insurance services.
  • CaregiverMN.org - Offers wide-ranging resources for caregivers, including confidential online advisory.
  • Caregiver Network - This site provides information to the network's services including seminars and care management, caregiver information, links to products and other services.
  • Caregiver911.com (Today's Caregiver Magazine) - Dedicated for caregivers, including local, regional and state sources, and a regularly-updated clearinghouse of links to caregiver resources available on the Internet.
  • Careguide - This is a non-profit, charitable organization with a national mission to assist the caregivers of the elderly with reliable information, referrals, and support and to heighten public awareness that the health of family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.
  • CarePathways.com - An Internet community created and maintained by Registered Nurses (RNs) dedicated to providing seniors and their families access to quality information and creditable services.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The website has a fact sheet with four messages on preventing falls, as well as tips, lists of CDC publications, research project information and other links fill the page.
  • Center for Health Design - Creating a future where the built environment supports the highest level of human health, well-being, and achievement in all aspects of life and work.
  • The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) - The mission of CIRRIE is to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise in rehabilitation research between the U.S. and other countries.
  • The Center on Disabilities at CSUniversity Northridge - Visit this website for resources available to people with disabilities, information on educational programs, training, and conferences on disabilities issues as well as job opportunities at The Center on Disability.
  • CodeBuddy - Building Codes Software. 
  • The Cohousing Network - The Cohousing Network (TCN) is an organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the cohousing concept, support both individuals and groups in creating communities, provide assistance to completed groups for improving their systems for living together in community, and provide networking opportunities for those involved or interested in cohousing.
  • Community Access Center (CAC) - CAC is a community resource advocate and educator for the Riverside County residents with disabilities, the site offers useful information on assitive technology, peer counseling, and a variety of other services.
  • Community Connections - This information center site contains links to HUD programs and initiatives, publications, other resources like Federal programs and private funding resources, and more.
  • 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.
  • Consumer Information on Reverse Mortgages - Consumer information on reverse mortgages, from the only independent nonprofit national organization specializing exclusively in reverse mortgage analysis education.
  • The Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) - The program assists California consumers who may have difficulty using the telephone.
  • Department of Justice Home Page - This site has all the Department of Justice materials for technical assistance such as status reports on enforcement, information on the ADA resources in public libraries and other lists are available.
  • Disability Issues - Read the daily update on disabilities issues.
  • Effective Color Contrast Brochure - Designed for people with partial sight and color deficiencies, this brochure includes basic guidelines for making effective color choices that accommodate people with impaired vision.
  • Elder Law Answers - Provides a depth of information on long-term care and other elder law issues not found elsewhere on the Internet, as well as a directory of leading elder law attorneys nationwide.
  • Eldercare Locator - A nationwide toll-free service that helps older adults and their caregivers locate local senior services online and through 1-800-677-1116.
  • Eldercare Web - A site full of resources for healthcare, death, legislation, caregivers and finance.
  • Evan Terry Associates - The Company provides extensive programs and information in compliance with ADA, including ADA Design Assistant software, an interactive U.S. map of dealer listings across the nation, ADA training materials and publications. In addition, the company also features several architectural projects.
  • Foundation for Infinite Survival, Inc. - Offering comprehensive approach to long-range health; cancer research reports, philosophy, for infinite survival.
  • Fraud.org - This online resource is designed to assist seniors, their families, and others who work with older people understand telemarketing fraud and learn how to strike back.
  • GE Long Term Care Insurance - This company offers plans to protect lifetime savings and helps maintain financial independence for long term care.
  • Generations United - This site has extensive information on intergenerational policy, programs, and issues with links to public policy, legislative alerts, training, special initiatives, services learning, and intergenerational programs.
  • Gerontological Society of America - This is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the scientific study of aging and to the translation/dissemination of research for practice and policy.
  • Guide to Selecting a Wheelchair Lift - This article provides an overview of wheelchair lifts and scooter lifts that reviews the different types of lifts and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Guide to Selecting a Wheelchair Ramp - This article offers several hints and tips about what to look for when selecting a wheelchair ramp.
  • Health Canada - Division of Aging and Seniors - The division provides information and expertise in areas pertaining to aging and seniors, such as Seniors: Medication and Alcohol Use.
  • HealthCare Design - Learn new ways of working in harmony to improve the health of your patients and the profitability of your organization.
  • Healthfinder - This website is the federal government's portal to reliable health information online, it has extensive features that offer health news, online checkup and many more.
  • Healthfinder® Espanol - The same informative Healthfinder website is now available in Spanish to offer a large segment of Spanish-speaking elderly group health news and information.
  • Health Wellness and Aging with Disability - This web site offers extensive information from active health care consumer strategies, assistive technology, to self-help, and women's issues.
  • Help the Aged - A United Kingdom based organization that is involved in improving the lives of older adults. The Home Safety section provides some information on programs geared toward keeping older adults independent.
  • The Home Wheelchair Ramp Project - Links, manuals, videos, and articles on how to constuct and install accessible wheelchair ramps in your home.
  • IBM Accessibility Solutions - This website of IBM's accessibility center has an Accessibility Center / Special Needs System that provides links on products and solutions for people with disabilities. The Center also has a Human Resource link for professionals with resources to help increase accessibility to employees with disabilities, including information on hiring process, laws and disabilities.
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging - The institute offers many programs in the categories of research, education, and clinical care, their web site also features publications and reports on their research findings.
  • Institute for the Future of Aging Services - This national information resource center is designed to provide Medicare information through training programs, technical assistance and targeted research.
  • The Institute on Aging and Environment - University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee - This web site contains links to a list of consulting services and projects from the institute, research and publications that are available for purchase and also links to other related sites.
  • Intelihealth - Featuring consumer health information from Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
  • International Code Council - The Council's web site has links to development of international codes, government relations, information on certification to professionals and Project Impact.
  • International Furnishings and Designs Association - provides a professional forum for communication and interaction among members,promotes career advancement and strives to increase public awareness of the industry through highly specialized programming and services to the community.  
  • Kansas State University Universal Design Facility - This website offers links to the University's radio programs, new publications from the design facility, and information on the current research projects, education programs and more.  
  • "Making the Grade" - This is a new feature of the National Center on Accessibility web site. The forum showcases best practices and accessibility projects that exceed the minimum standards and facilitate optimum access for visitors with disabilities.
  • Matching Person and Technology - Through research, assessment, training, and consultation, this institute helps enhance the experience of technology users and match users with the most appropriate devices.
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging - The website has a variety of links such as eldercare locator, N4A events, job announcements, and policy papers on topics like long-term care, Medicare, and more.
  • National Association of Counties - Their website has links to legislative affairs, annual conferences and events, projects and programs that support county governments, publications and more.
  • The National Center on Dissemination of Disability Research - This website contains links to the various activities and services provided by the center, such as research, demonstrations, dissemination and utilization, and assistive technologies.
  • The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) - A private, nonprofit association committed to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being, and contributions of older persons and to enhancing the field of aging through leadership and service, education, and advocacy.
  • National Council on Independant Living (NCIL) - An advocacy organization that furthers the concerns of persons with disabilities. The site contains information on upcoming conferences and training sessions. There are also links to other resources.
  • National Multi Housing Council - This website has a legislative action center where people can send messages to the Congress, respond to legislative alerts; this site also offers links to joint legislative program, media center on facts and press release, information on renting vs. owning and more.
  • National Organization on Disability - A national cross-disability network organization that promotes the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of American life. This site offers frequently updated news and resources concerning people with disabilities and employment; education; access to health care, transportation and technology; and community, political, and religious participation.
  • National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) - This site offers a searchable database of all the research published by the National Institute on Disability Research, an annotated bibliography of ADA publications, an explanation of NARIC and links to other related sites
  • The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association - This website has state-by-state information on reverse mortgage lenders.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation - "Protecting the Irreplaceable", this web site provides information on laws and public policy, travel programs, links for owners of historic homes, historic sites, and even quizzes to educate kids.
  • Network of Care - California - The focus of this site is to provide a community resource where seniors and people with disabilities, along with their caregivers and service providers, can easily access a wide variety of important information about issues that affect their lives.
  • Network of Care - Oregon - The focus of this site is to provide a community resource where seniors and people with disabilities, along with their caregivers and service providers, can easily access a wide variety of important information about issues that affect their lives.
  • Nebraska Age Link - This resourceful web site features links to programs and issues related to the older population such as Medicaid, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Nutrition Services, Long Term Care Insurance and more. It also offers regional information, links to the system programs, and research strategies.
  • Nursing Home Abuse Dallas - This site provides comprehensive information on nursing home abuse and neglect for nursing home residents and their loved ones. 
  • Nursing Home Information Site - Here one can find answers to all nursing home questions, such as how to select, costs, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, regulations, etc. 
  • Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging - PANPHA's mission is to promote the interests of nonprofit organizations that serve those in need of long-term care services.
  • Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center - Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with a Disability
  • Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions of Spinal Cord Injury - A division of University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Scottish Branch British Geriatrics Society - This is a professional organization for doctors who specializes in medicine in old age.
  • Section 508 - Find out more about the new Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act that governs accessibility to information technology.
  • Senior Advisor - Senior Advisor is the premier consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities nationwide. The website features user-generated reviews from other real families and a directory of senior housing options for all 50 states.
  • Senior Health Foundation CyberCentral - The non-profit foundation is privately funded and that specializes in providing progressive senior computer education, fitness, research, advocacy and more.
  • SeniorResource.com new symbol - An online encyclopedia of aging issues, including housing.
  • SeniorNet - The nonprofit SeniorNet provides adults 50+ access to and education about computer technology and the Internet to enhance their lives and enable them to share their
  • SeniorSite - Senior Citizens Caregivers - Opinion forum, info sources, books, videos, job and income opportunities, legislative issues, and other web sites important to seniors are all available here.
  • Spectrum - This is a non-profit organization that provides barrier-free residential facilities and numerous services to multiple disabled individuals and their families including psychological, recreational, therapeutic, and respite.
  • Spinal Cord Injury Information Network - Provides a comprehensive and organized source of Spinal Cord Injury Information and Resources from recognized centers, organizations, researchers and educators.
  • Tech Connections - This is a national dissemination project designed to increase the utilization of existing and emerging assistive technology by State Vocational Rehabilitation programs, Employment Specialists, Employers, and anyone interested in getting assistive technology into the hands individuals with disabilities.
  • Total Mortgage Services - Total Mortgage Services works with clients to offer low rates and personal, quality services, has funded over $6 billion in mortgage loans since 1997, and has an "A+" rating from the Better Business Bureau.
  • Urban Land Institute - This web site offers links on issues such as transportation, housing, finance, urban revitalization, and innovations in various aspects of land use, and online shopping.
  • 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)
  • Web Accessibility Initiative - This organization promotes accessibility of the Web to people with disabilities through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education & outreach, and research & development. Visit their web site to find out how each area is implemented to promote accessibility of the Web.
  • World Association of Persons with disabilities (WAPD) - A comprehensive site dedicated to persons with disabilities, providing networking opportunities and essential resources to services and programs.
  • WWW-Network-Gerontology (Dutch language) - This comprehensive search page links the field of Gerontology and Geriatrics between the Netherlands and International contacts, providing diverse information on science, research, and education in the field.
  • WheelchairNet - WheelchairNet is an online community and resource center for those that use wheelchairs. The site is also a resource for health professionals, community members and families who interact with wheelchair users.  

Home Modification Resources

 

A project of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification,
in affiliation with the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, funded by the Archstone Foundation.
Located at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, Los Angeles, California 90089-0191 (213) 740-1364.