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WHATTraining program for professional remodelers, contractors, planners, occupational and physical therapists, and policymakers representing the elderly and people with disabilities.
WHYTo help seniors to live independently, have easier mobility and access in their homes while reducing elderly fall accidents. Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, funded by the Archstone Foundation. Created by the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification.
Headquarters - University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center.
Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Program Description

“Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. Home modification, ranging from low-cost to more expensive adaptations, includes removing hazards e.g., clutter, throw rugs, adding special features or assistive devices e.g., grab bars, ramps, moving furnishings, changing where activities occur e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor and renovations e.g., installing a roll-in shower. In some cases, modifying the home may also require repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads.”

CEUs are offered and once trainees graduate they receive an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification at USC.

The “Executive Certificate in Home Modification Training” Program consists of five courses and include online lectures, email and Cyber Classroom exercises, graphics, resources, and technical assistance from instructors. Each course is approximately 2-3 weeks long.

A summary of Home modification courses include:

-The Basics and Beyond - what home modifications are and why they are important, the important aspects of universal design and assistive devices in maintaining independence
-Home modification: How to Get It Done- equips students with the skills to identify a qualified contractor, negotiate for contractor services, read architectural drawings and plans.
-Funding Resources and Financing Mechanisms -how to fund home modifications and how to tap into community resources
-Raising Community Awareness and Coalition Building- raising community awareness about the need for home modifications, how to assess the home modification needs of the community and how to build strong, effective community coalitions
-The Ethics of Home Modification - ethical issues related to home modification, what ethics are, why they are important and how they apply to special populations including older persons and persons with disabilities.

The program also has a training entitled, “Specialty Courses in Home Modification by IDEAS - Disease and Function-Specific.”


American Society on Aging - Education on Housing, Accessibility & Technology Program Available online - Education and training for professionals and others on creating better designed accessible senior housing and community and public spaces for the aging population. Innovation and research in the design of products and services for seniors using assistive technology is also a priority to help the aging population.

Certified Aging in Place Specialist Training Program - Across the USA. Additional training for specialists such as contractors, those in construction, architecture, interior design marketing, and more on how to help seniors stay in their homes and age in place.

Find out more about the "USC Executive Certificate in Home Modification Training" Program

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-Assisted Living for Seniors
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-Temporary or Senior Shelter Housing
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