The National Council on Aging (NCOA) partnered with the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology on a series of projects to feature home modification and home safety programs, assessment instruments, and funding sources to provide resources for families and professionals.
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Most people choose to remain in their homes as they age, yet homes that were once supportive may present problems over time that could lead to falls. Research shows that the optimal way to reduce fall risks for people at moderate to high risk of falls includes medication management, physical activity, and home modification.
Home modification is changing the environment to make daily activities easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. This includes removing fall hazards such as clutter, adding supports such as handrails, and changing how or where activities occur.
Visit the resources below to search for home modification programs in your area, obtain assessments to examine clients’ homes and make changes to increase safety and support, and learn about funding sources from a range of agencies and organizations to support home modification activities.
Over 150 organizations from the aging, disability, housing, and health care sectors nationwide have contributed to our inventory of home assessment and modification programs and practices. We will continue to add programs to this list over time – visit again to see what’s new.
For information on NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/center-for-healthy-aging/falls-resource-center/.
To view photos of design, features, and products that support aging in place, visit www.lifetimehome.org