Home Modification Resources
This list of links is divided into three sections:
- Links that feature Home Modification,
- Links on Supportive Housing
- Links that feature aging issues
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Modification Related Links
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Change - Free basic construction guidelines and cost information, suggestions
for heating up a nationwide and international movement for basic access
in ALL new homes.
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.
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.
Home Page - Information and excerpts from the home remodeling show, Hometime are
- Homeplans - This site features a vast collection of home plans and an exclusive
section on many aspects of Universal Design.
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.
- KATS Network - The KATS Network is one of 56 statewide assistive technology programs federally funded through
the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education to make assistive technology (AT) information,
devices and services easily obtainable for people of any age and/or disability.
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.
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.
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 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.
- 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)
Center for Independent Living (ADAPT) - A community
for people with disabilities.
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.
Association of Homes and Services for the Aging - A non-profit organization of health care homes and services for the
Care Network - The organization helps families and elderly locate services and
state-licensed and certified facilities that serves the aging
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.
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.
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.
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
Alternative - An alternative philosophy to raditional long term care institutional
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.
to Retirement Living - Features articles related to aging and retirement living.
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.
Options Made Easy (HOME) - A free referral and
placement service for seniors and families in Northern
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
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.
Code Council - The Council's web site has links to development of international
codes, government relations, information on certification to
professionals and Project Impact.
- 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.
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.
Program - Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.
Department of Housing and Urban Development - Federal agency responsible for housing programs, community and
economic development. HUD grant announcements and applications may be
- 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.
- AAPD – The American Association of People with Disablities website offers
information and support to those with disabilities.
- AARP - A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older.
- Accredited Schools Online
created a Guidebook for Visually Impaired students, providing a comprehensive list of resources ranging from scholarships to information about assistive technology.
- 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.
Expo - The one show for assisted living products and services.
- Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education - This article
discusses the benefits accredited online colleges provide students with disabilities.
(in Spanish) - An online database that provides links to informational technology,
accessibility and rehabilitation technology.
- AgeNet - Provides actionable information on health, geriatric drugs, legal,
financial, insurance, housing and caregiver support issues.
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
for Retired Americans - This national organization serves to protect the health and economic
security of seniors, and voice the opinions of retirees and older
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 Education & Referral Center - A service of the National Institute on Aging, the Center helps
disseminate information about Alzheimer's disease and other related
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.
Federation for Aging Research - Funds junior investigators and medical and Ph.D students to do
biomedical research on aging and age-related conditions.
Institute of Architects - This web site provides information for architectural professionals
and helps consumers find the suitable architects.
Occupational Therapy Association - Provides tips, consumer information, a consumer fact sheet and many
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.
Society of Interior Designers - The web site offers links to the organization's continuing education,
government affair, and information to design students with downloadable
Society on Aging - An interdisciplinary organization in the field of aging.
Archstone Foundation - The organization is a
leader in the world of philanthropy for issues related
to older Americans.
- 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.
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.
Network - This site provides information to the network's services including
seminars and care management, caregiver information, links to products
and other services.
(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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Connections - This information center site contains links to HUD programs and
other resources like Federal programs and private funding resources,
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) - The program assists California consumers who may have difficulty
using the telephone.
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.
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.
Locator - A nationwide toll-free service that helps older adults and their
caregivers locate local senior services online and through
Web - A site full of resources for healthcare, death, legislation,
caregivers and finance.
- Family Nurse Practitioner Programs - Family Nurse Practitioner Programs strives to provide readers with the best information available about family nurse practitioner degrees.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
Espanol - The same informative Healthfinder website is now available in Spanish
to offer a large segment of Spanish-speaking elderly group health news
- The Home Wheelchair Ramp Project - Links, manuals, videos, and articles on how to constuct and install accessible wheelchair ramps in your home.
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.
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.
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.
- Medicaid Long Term Care - A comprehensive guide of state Medicaid programs (elder care, housing options, and long term care) with individual eligibility requirements.
- Medical Alert Systems guide - The ConsumerAffairs Team created a guide that compares popular brands, offers thousands of reviews and explains everything you need to know about medical alert systems.
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.
Association of Counties - Their website has links to legislative affairs, annual conferences
and events, projects and programs that support county governments,
publications and more.
- National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies - works with contractor licensing and enforcement agencies and the construction industry to maintain standards and regulations that protect consumers.
- Founded in 2002, 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). If you are interested in obtaining a cSMM, go to eSMMART Training Center and enter the promo code: USC. You will receive a 25% discount on the entire cSMM bundle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association - This website has state-by-state information on reverse mortgage
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.
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.
Home Information Site - Here one can find answers to all nursing home questions, such as how
to select, costs, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, regulations,
Los Amigos Medical Center - Rehabilitation Research
and Training Center on Aging with a Disability
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.
- SeniorResource.com - 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
to share their
- 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
Cord Injury Information Network - Provides a comprehensive and organized source of Spinal Cord Injury
Information and Resources from recognized centers, organizations,
researchers and educators.
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
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.
- 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