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
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
- Eldercare Locator Provides fact sheets on home modifications in four
Housing Association builds and maintains accessible homes within various
neighborhoods in the U.K. They also have a policy
and research department.
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 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.
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.
Base Service - This is a resource for technical housing information such as building
products, materials, new technologies, business management and housing
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
Living Vacation Homes - Independent
Living also has a listing of accessible vacation homes.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Department of Housing and Urban Development - Federal agency responsible for housing programs, community and
economic development. HUD grant announcements and applications may be
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.
- AAPD – The American Association of People with Disablities website offers
information and support to those with disabilities.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Archstone Foundation - The organization is a
leader in the world of philanthropy for issues related
to older Americans.
- 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.
- The Boulevard - Providing valuable information about quality products and services
available to individuals with disabilities and Healthcare
- 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.
Geriatrics Society - This is a professional organization for doctors who specialize in
medicine in old age.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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,
Change - Free basic construction guidelines and cost information, suggestions
for heating up a nationwide and international movement for basic access
in ALL new homes.
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.
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.
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
- 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!
Web - A site full of resources for healthcare, death, legislation,
caregivers and finance.
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
- 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.
Long Term Care Insurance - This company offers plans to protect lifetime savings and helps
maintain financial independence for long term care.
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.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
Code Council - The Council's web site has links to development of international
codes, government relations, information on certification to
professionals and Project Impact.
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.
Care Ombudsmen of Ventura County - This group is dedicated to serving the frail and vulnerable elderly
in long-term care facilities in Ventura County.
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.
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.
- 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.
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,
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.
- Public Health Online's - vision is to provide students, parents and general readers with accurate, expert-driven information about public health topics, careers and the post-secondary education.
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.
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 - 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.
- 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.
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