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Adapting a Home for Independent Living

Idependent_LivingIn addition to information on accessible housing design, these websites provide specific tips, guidelines and resources for adaptive housing projects both new and modified. has a useful section on home modifications that includes possible modifications room by room.

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Housing Modification
This university-based research and advocacy group provides information including resources for designing and building housing or modifying housing that enables aging individuals and individuals aging with disabilities to live independently. Much of their information is useful for persons and families of all ages.

What is Universal Design?
This section from AARP discusses universal design modifications appropriate for each room of a home including a checklist for each room.

Home Changes: Accessible Home Modifications Can Make Your Life Easier
This article by a contracting firm specializing in adapting homes discusses the types of modifications possible, particularly for wheelchair accessibility, and provides links.

The Design Linc presents design tips for creating accessibility to both the exterior and interior of a home. The site also has samples of accessible and adaptive products and fixtures for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and laundry. There are links to other organizations, resources and product manufacturers.

The National Easter Seals Foundation
Provides information and resources for shopping for accessible housing, for adapting housing including tips and a home checklist. Easter Seals promotes increased awareness and availability of accessible housing, and also provides information on making a home more safe and accessible.

The Accessible Kitchen and The Accessible Bathroom
These articles by Leon A. Frechette from provide an overview of criteria, resources and products for creating accessibility for these areas of the home.

Accessible Landscapes: Designing for Inclusion
This design booklet, available online, covers the principles of accessible outdoor landscapes and provides examples of inclusive paths, plazas and furniture. Directed primarily to public spaces, it also has useful ideas for homeowners.

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