Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so that they can continue to live independently and safely. Modifications can range from something as simple as adding grab bars to bathrooms to full-scale construction projects that require installing wheelchair ramps and widening doorways.

According to a recent AARP housing survey, “83% of older Americans want to stay in their current homes for the rest of their lives,” however most homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of people over age 65.

Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization that has provided extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to low-income homeowners across the country for over 25 years.

They have created a Home Modification Checklist which is an invaluable resource for senior homeowners and their caregivers who need to identify home safety, fall hazards and accessibility issues for the homeowner and family members.

To dowload the complete checklist, go to:

http://rebuildingtogether.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/RT-Aging-in-Place-Safe-at-Home-Checklist.pdf

And of course, if you’re looking for trustworthy contractors to handle any of your home improvement or modification projects, contact us to find a Homeowner Referral Network (HRN) in your area.

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