Located at the University of
Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, NRCSHHM promotes
aging in place, independent living, for frail elderly and
disability, with home modification and supportive housing,
for successful aging, long-term care, and elder-friendly communities.
Through home modification research, policy analysis, training,
education, technical assistance to promote home modification
to adapting environment, independent living, with handrails,
lever door handles, grab bars, hand-held shower.
HOME MODIFICATION refers to converting or adapting
the environment to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and
support independent living. Examples of home modification
- Lever door handles that operate easily with a push
- Handrails on both sides of staircase and outside steps
- Ramps for accessible entry and exit
- Walk-in shower
- Grab bars in the shower, by the toilet, and by the tub
- Hand-held, flexible shower head
- Lever-handed faucets that are easy to turn on and off
- Sliding shelves and lazy susan in corner cabinet
- C or D ring handles on cabinet doors and drawers for easy
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING refers to both
service programs and housing settings that target semi-independent
elderly who need assistance with daily activities.
DID YOU KNOW ?
- Many persons are living in older structures that
are deteriorating to the point that they are hazardous
and contribute to the falls and injuries.
- Home modification and repair can help prevent accidents
and falls. Research by the National Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) suggests that one-third of home accidents
can be prevented by modification and repair.
- Modification to the home environment can be a key
factor in increasing the likelihood of older persons
remaining independent in their homes and active in
their communities as long as they desire.
- Home modifications can enhance comfort, increase
safety, prevent injuries, and facilitate ongoing access
to community social, recreational, and supportive
activities and services.
- Removing barriers and safety hazards also help alleviate
the stress associated with reduced physical capabilities
as people age.
The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home
Modification (NRCSHHM) is headquartered at the Ethel
Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at University
of Southern California, funded by The
Archstone Foundation and
The California Endowment.
The Center's mission is to make supportive housing and home
modification a more integral component of successful aging,
long-term care, preventive health, and the development of
elder-friendly communities. The Center offers a vision for
the future as well as practical strategies and materials for
policymakers, practitioners, consumers, manufacturers, suppliers,
Our five goals are to:
- promote aging in place for frail elderly and persons aging
with a disability;
- increase the ability of states, communities, the private
sector and service providers to integrate supportive housing
and home modifications within existing housing, health and
social service systems;
- maximize single family and multi-unit housing as a long-term
- equip families and individuals with the knowledge to plan
for their housing, health and supportive service needs;
- to influence developers and contractors to build accessible
and supportive housing that promotes healthy, independent
living as well as community-based care systems, housing
programs, and health services organizations.
The Center works closely with groups involved in supportive
housing and home modification and a National Advisory Committee
to accomplish four objectives that are to provide:
- Applied Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis
a knowledge base for practical applications
- Training and Education
Internet courses, workshops, conferences, exhibits
- Technical Assistance
policy updates, national teleconferences, advisement, local
home modification coalitions
- Information Clearinghouse
reports, guidebooks, newsletters and fact sheets that provide
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Supportive Housing and Home Modification publishes on
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