Make Home Modifications

Two-thirds of older adults say that if they made modifications to their home, they would have been able to remain more independence and stay longer in that home. Attached are links to several sites with information on how home modifications—some very simple, some more involved--can increase safety and accessibility (at all ages).

National Council on Aging

AARP’s HomeFit

AARP’s HomeFit Booklet, available in English and Spanish, provides tools, checklists, and resources that can help identifying whether simple, low cost or more extensive changes at home would make it safer and easier to remain as comfortable and independent as possible. If you are not able to download this booklet, you can contact AARP directly to receive a free copy.

"What Seniors Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor"

The California Department of Consumer Affairs is responsible for licensing contractors within the State and has a very helpful booklet entitled “What Seniors Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor”, which is available in multiple languages.

Your Area Agency on Aging

Your Area Agency on Aging may also be able to refer you to non-profit groups in your area, like Rebuilding Together, who assist older adults in making relatively simple home modifications using trained volunteers.