Home accessibility modifications, also called environmental accessibility modifications, are physical changes made in the home to accommodate a disability or mobility restriction. They improve comfort and ease-of-use navigation through one's own home.
From motion sensor lights to lever handles, from portable ramps to widened doorways, there are a broad range of home modifications that make life easier. Many modifications are simple to install and are available at low- or no-cost. Depending upon personal need, some home modifications may require the services of a professional contractor or the redesign of the home.
Home accessibility modifications can make a home more visitable too. People are able to welcome friends and family, who use wheelchairs or walkers or may have trouble navigating steps, into their homes. This simply makes life more rich. Another added plus, you can deduct certain home modifications from your taxes.
And for anyone looking to build a home, they may want to consider incorporating universal design features. These are accessible and barrier-free features such a wide doorways, which are usable by all people - regardless of age, size and disability status.
Learn more: Check out the Home Safety 101 infographic for tips to make your home safer and more accessible. Visit the Visitability website from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) for information and resources for improving visitablity in your home.
Home layout and design, inside and out:
Furnishings and decor:
Check out the Make Room For More Accessibility infographic for home modifications ideas, room by room.
Learn more: The AARP HomeFit Guide has cost-saving home accessibility modification tips and ideas.
Home modifications don’t have to be expensive to be effective. A simple change can make a big difference in safety and livability.
Here are some suggestions:
There are technologies, devices and systems available that can improve an individual's living space and quality of life. These items can help people improve their control over how their house operates, increase accessibility and safety and reduce energy consumption.
Smart home technology has four key benefits:
Here are some options:
Assistive Technology Loan Program: Residents with disabilities or their family members can apply for low-interest cash loans to purchase assitive technology and services.
Corporation for Independent Living - AccesSolutions: Provides modular ramps, lifts and other home modifications and assistive technology to income-eligible people with disabilities.
Programs for Private Home Repairs: There are several options available to homeowners and renters looking to make home improvements, repairs or modifications. These programs generally require out-of-pocket expenses.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver: This waiver provides services and supports for individuals with an acquired brain injury who are receiving or otherwise would receive care in an institution.
Home Modifications & Assistive Technology Financial Assistance: Individuals in need of support paying for assistive technology or home modifications have several options available.
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