What this article is about: This article provides a brief overview of home modifications and links to resources where you can find more information and support.
Home modifications are changes made to living spaces to adapt them for the needs of people with physical limitations. Home modifications may include making structural changes or adding assistive technology. Examples of modifications include something as small as replacing the knobs on cabinets with pull handles to large projects to widen doorways or installing ramps for wheelchairs.
Here is a list of our favorite resources for home modifications.
Access Home America provides a list of funding resources for home modifications.
United Disabilities Services Foundation helps with all aspects of home modifications and other services for people with disabilities,
The PA Assistive Technology Foundation has a helpful page on home modifications:
Easter Seals Easy Access Housing for Easier Living Program
Easter Seals and the CENTURY 21 System’s Easy Access Housing for Easier Living Program provides homeowners with helpful educational brochures, an expert panel with additional resources and easy-to-implement tips for making an accessible home a reality.
Access Maine Home Modification Toolkit
This web site is dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. It offers training and education opportunities for professionals who wish to respond to the increasing demand for home modification services. It also serves as an information clearinghouse on home modification to equip professionals and consumers with a comprehensive inventory of resources such as a National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources.
Consumer Affairs Stair Lift Resources
This page from Consumer Affairs contains information regarding stairlifts including brand comparisons, stair lift features, and expert stair lift reviews. Additionally, it features an option which allows users to answer seven questions and get matched with a stair lift that meets their needs. Please be advised that you are required to enter your phone number and email address to get your results from the matching questionnaire.
Information on building your own home wheelchair ramp including safety information and ramp specifications, manuals, and videos.