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).

 

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Habinteg Housing Association builds and maintains accessible homes within various neighborhoods in the U.K. They also have a policy and research department.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Housing Options Made Easy (HOME) - A free referral and placement service for seniors and families in Northern California.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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 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
  • 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.