Why make home modifications? Because they improve your life at home.
Home modifications are small or large changes to a home that improve a home to meet the needs of the person or family who lives there. The changes are customized to the individual needs. They improve living at home by making daily activities and routines easier and safer.
There are many different groups of people interested in learning about home modifications, each with their own motivation to increase their knowledge and skills.
Read more about Who Benefits from Home Modifications.
- Contractors– Home modifications means better business by increasing knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing market.
- Home-owners- It means being able to stay living in your home longer and safer. Easier living at home through using ideas that are specific to your health conditions or concerns.
- People with Activity Limitations (and disabilities)- Many people experience a limitation in daily activities related to a health condition or even “just getting older.” Home modifications are great for people with “disabilities,” but also for people with any level of limitation in daily activities.
- Parents of Children with Disabilities– It means creating the best environment for your children to thrive while the grow. Making smart changes to benefit your family now and in the future.
Research confirms that home modifications can…
- Increase safety, such as decrease falls at home
- Improve independence and decrease need for caregiver assistance
- Prevent decline in functioning related to aging and delay the need to move to higher levels of care
Aplin, T. (2013). Understanding the dimensions of home that impact on home modification decision making. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 60, 101-109.
Stark, S. et al. (2009). Client-centered home modifications improve daily activity performance of older adults. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76, 235-245.
Stark, S. et al. (2017). Effects of home modification interventions on the participation of communitydwelling adults with health conditions: A systematic review. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71 (2).
Tse, T. (2005). The environment and falls prevention: Do environmental modification make a difference? Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 52, 271-281.
Wilson, D. J. et al. (2009). Effects of assistive technology on functional decline in people aging with a disability. Journal of Assistive Technology, 21, 208-217.
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Looking for resources on home modifications?
Homemods.org– This website is from the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification by Andrus Gerontology Center at University of Southern California.
Home Modification Fact Sheet (pdf)- Information fact sheet from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Home Modification Ideas for Older Adults (video)- By Stephanie Dahl