Home Modification Resources


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).


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Home 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.
  • 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.
  • Concrete Change - Free basic construction guidelines and cost information, suggestions for heating up a nationwide and international movement for basic access in ALL new homes.
  • Easy Living Home is a coalition of organizations that certifies builders who use accessible design. Home buyers can also find out about homes in their area. Most of the builders are located in Georgia but Easy Living Home is planning to expand to other states.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lighting the Way: A Key to Independence - A series of booklets on lighting for older people developed in collaboration between AARP and the Lighting Research Center (http://www.lrc.rpi.edu).
  • Livable Design - Livable Design's Seal of Approval was established in 2009, by its parent company, Eskaton, a senior residence and service provider throughtout Northern California.
  • Livable Design National Demonstration - Features an online virtual "toolbox" of information and education that articulates the benefits of Livable Design, highlighting an Eskaton-built National Demonstration Home in Roseville, California.
  • Remodeling Online - This web site offers extensive information on all aspects of remodeling. It also offers links to various helpful categories on remodeling such as architecture/ design, product information, how-to, home technology, and a virtual remodeling home tour.
  • Sentinel Construction - This company specializes in construction and remodeling projects that enhance accessibility and independent living.
  • StayHome Safe, Inc. - The business of StayHome Safe, Inc. is fall prevention through inexpensive home modifications allowing people to live at home. StayHome Safe is a licensed and certified home modification specialist.
  • The 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)


Supportive Housing

  • Access Center for Independent Living (ADAPT) - A community for people with disabilities.
  • 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.
  • Eden Alternative - An alternative philosophy to raditional long term care institutional settings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Abilities 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.
  • Acessiblidade (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Connections - This information center site contains links to HUD programs and initiatives, publications, other resources like Federal programs and private funding resources, and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Home Wheelchair Ramp Project - Links, manuals, videos, and articles on how to constuct and install accessible wheelchair ramps in your home.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 Information Site - Here one can find answers to all nursing home questions, such as how to select, costs, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, regulations, etc. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  

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.