Home Modifications
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. These modifications may include adding assistive technology or making structural changes to a home. Modifications can range from something as simple as replacing cabinet doorknobs with pull handles to full-scale construction projects that require installing wheelchair ramps and widening doorways.


Most older people live in homes that are more than 20 years old. As these buildings get older along with their residents, they may become harder to live in or maintain. A house that was perfectly suitable for a senior at age 55 may have inaccessable areas to a 70 or 80 year old. Research by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that home modifications and repairs may prevent 30% to 50% of all home accidents among seniors, including falls that take place in these older homes (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003).

Some of the more common modifications are :
  • Ramps


  • Grab bars and Stair Railings with extremely durable fastners
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  • Raised dishwashers and stoves
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  • Walk-in Showers
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  • Widen doorways
  • And More


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