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Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. It includes:

  • low-cost and simple changes to the home (removing hazards such as clutter, throw rugs; moving furnishings; and changing where activities occur (e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor);
  • adding special features or assistive devices such as grab bars;
  • extensive renovations (e.g., installing a roll-in shower and ramps); and
  • repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads to improve safety.
Where to Get Help:

Depending on the extent of the modifications, there are several ways to modify and repair your home. You can: 1) do it yourself, or get a friend or relative to help; 2) hire a building professional (handyworker, remodeler, or contractor) and/or health care professional such as an occupational therapist to advise you on changes; or 3) contact a home modification and repair program or business that can advise you on funding, assessing your home, and product advisement.

In addition to the resources listed in our Directory below, services may be located through your:

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Also, consider taking these steps:
  • Get recommendations from friends who have had similar projects completed.
  • Hire a licensed and bonded professional.
  • Be specific about changes you wish to make in advance.
  • Ask for a written agreement with only a small down payment. Make the final payment only after the project is completed.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the professional's reliability and performance record.

Resource Listings:

Resources listed on are provided solely as a convenience for users of the site. They do not indicate endorsement of any services, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information.

The web site, a university-based and non-profit effort, provides an opportunity for home modification service and product providers to place a web site link and information for consumers and professionals. A reciprocal link to is requested but not required.

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USDA Rural Development

1715 D W. Worley
Columbia, MO 65203

573-446-9091 ext.102

62+ people with low-incomes.

Roof, handicap accessibility, health and safety.

Procedures to follow.


Federal government


Southwest Center for Independent Living

Alice Voigt

Access Coordinator

2864 S. Mettleton
Springfield, MO 65807



Southwest Center for Independent Living


Low-income people or anyone with any disability. Services are free regardless of age.




Ramps and grab bars.

UFAS; functional.

Access specialists

* Donations
* Grants.

Provides technical consultation to those who wish to do their own modifications or need assistance determining how to make a house accessible.

Contigent upon grants, loans, donations



St. Louis

Bevo 2001 Senior Center Citizens Program

Betty Sanguinette

Executive Coordinator

4705 Rigdewood
St. Louis, MO 63116



Older and disabled persons.



2 part-time

Minor painting and repairs.



$45 allocated per individual.