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

The web site www.homemods.org, 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 www.homemods.org is requested but not required.

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Bayonne

BAYONNE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION WEATHERIZATION

555 Kennedy Boulevard, Box 1032
Bayonne, NJ 07002-1032

Eleanor Tiefenwerth, Executive Director

(201) 437-7222

Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation

1965

Senior citizens and disabled persons

55

5 full-time

Locks, deadbolts, door viewers, windows, grab-bars

$37,500

Community Development Block Grant

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging:

* Coordinates with the City Community Development Block Grant program, and public services such as electricity and gas "Seal Up" programs, to assure client receives maximum benefits from all program


Englishton

Accessibility Design Associates

Patrick Sherwood

28 Harrison Avenue #234
Englishton, NJ 7726

732-786-9244

psherw1711@aol.com

1990

Wheelchair users

250

8

Lifts, bathrooms

 


Franklin Park

Independent Domain, LLC

Holly Hardaway, OTR, CAPS, CALA, as of 1/29/14

7 Pleasant Plains Road
Franklin Park, NJ 08823

732-398-1790

732-398-1790

independentdomain@comcast.net

www.independentdomain.com

2003

Seniors who wish to age in place, stroke & TBI survivors, individuals transitioning home from hospital, & dementia caregivers

2

Consultations, home evaluations, caregiver support & training

Environmental

Fee for service

 


Freehold

Emergency Home Repair and Barrier Free Program

Rich Dalfonzo

PO Box 3000 Kozloski Road
Freehold, NJ 7728

732-431-7999

Monmouth County Division of Social Services

1997

Low-Income Homeowners

at least 60%

230

2

Furnace, roof replacements, and repairs.

House Inspections

Supervisor, masons, and master carpenter

$355,000

HUD-CDBG, NJ Department of Community Affairs: Title III

Barrier free services


Hackensack

CHORE SERVICE

Volunteer Center of Bergen County
64 Passaic Street Hackensack, NJ 07601

Stacey Benjamin, Program Director

(201) 489-7790

Volunteer Center of Bergen County

1977

Older homeowners, apartment dwellers or disabled of any age

970

100%

7 part-time

Plumbing, weatherization, doors and windows, railings, and grab-bars.

$109,677

Title III - Older Americans Act
Community Development Block Grant
Fundraising
County Department of Human Services
In-kind
Client payments for product.

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Sponsored by United Way

* Presents information and special programs at fairs to educate seniors, the disabled, and others about their service
* Uses senior volunteers exclusively as the service crew
* Organizes a Volunteer Center Recognition Reception each year to recognize the volunteers as a group
* Purchases tools with funds from volunteers' former employers
* Established a data base that helps to compile required reports related to various funding sources with eas


Hewitt

ALTERNATIVES TO BARRIERS

Christopher Lynch, President

623 Lake Shore Drive
Hewitt, NJ 07421

(973) 853-7042

1985

40

30%

3 full-time, 2 part-time

Home assessment for modification

Client payments

* Private firm that does consultations through clients' insurance carriers
* Specializes in the design of barrier free, wheelchair accessible environments on commercial and residential level


Morristown

MOBILITY CONSULTING AND CONTRACTING COMPANY

Barrett D. Kolton, President

176 Morris Street Morristown, NJ 07960

(973) 984-6650

1988

Wheelchair users

50

1 full-time, 2 part-time

Home evaluations, miscellaneous minor repairs, major modifications

Functional/environmental

Yes, Program targets clients statewide

* Offers "in-service" programs for case managers, occupational therapists, and insurance companies to discuss wheelchair barriers, construction modifications, and equipment
* Provides comprehensive assessment evaluations of existing problems in the home, optional ways to overcome them, and cost estimates for each option


Northfield

"Mr. Fix-It" Program

Atlantic County, D.I.G.S.

Shoreview Building

101 S. Shore Rd.
Northfield, NJ 08225-2359

1-888-426-9243, or 1-888-4-ANY-AGE

609-645-5940

1970

Over the age of 60 years old, low income, minority, and frail individuals.

90%

300

1

Doors, windows, screens, grab bars, and handrails.

Functional and Environmental

Staff

Federal and State

Material Costs


Rio Grande

SAFE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Carole Lennox

Dept. of Aging

Social Services Bldg.
4005 Rt. 9 South
Rio Grande, NJ 08242

(609) 886-2784

Cape May County Department of Aging (AAA)

1988

Older residents

25+

100%

0

Locks, door viewers, window bars, deadbolts

Functional/environmental

Yes

$37,306

Casino Revenue Funds
* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging

* Arranges safe housing and security programs by Crime Officers of the County Sheriff's Department for 30 senior clubs and six county senior site


Toms River

Adaptive Home Safety Accessibility Inc.

PO Box 1209
Toms River, NJ 08753

James Cino, Director, Occupational Therapist

(877) 870-SAFE

ahsa@bellatlantic.net

January 19, 1999

Geriatric, Disabled, Deaf, Caregivers of children and adults

TBA

2

fee for service

Occupational therapy, interpreter for the Deaf, home child-proofing


Union City

WEATHERIZATION SERVICE

North Hudson Community Action Corporation
5301 W. Broadway

Union City, NJ 07093

Michael A. Leggiero, Executive Director

(201) 866-2388

North Hudson Community Action Corporation

1983

Low-income residents

29

75%

1 full-time

Weatherization

Yes

$23,813

Public Service Electric Gas

* Provides energy conservation workshops for clients


Vineland

Home Accessibility Solutions

2871 Vine Road
Vineland, NJ 08360

Gregory Mazzoni, as of 11/18/13

609-805-8379

856-691-6918

gregmazzoni@comcast.net

www.homeaccessibilitysolutions.com

Seniors and clients with disabilities

Environmental

Carisa Mazzoni, OT, CAPS

Certified Aging in Place Specialists, Occupational therapist completes home assessments. Beautiful and functional results!

 


Williamstown

Safety Outfitting Services
SOS Group, Inc.

1809 N Black Horse Pike
Williamstown, NJ 08094

Alyssa Muratore, as of 7/1/13

856-740-4000

856-740-4044

info@sosgroup.info

www.sosgroup.info

NAHB, AARP, CAPS, South Jersey Builder's League

Insalling grab bars, building ramps, kitchen/bathroom modification

HISA (For Veterans), INsurance, or Medicaid may apply

SOS (Safety Outfitting Services) is a home modification company located in Southern New Jersey. We are Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) of the NAHB and AARP. We specialize in customized safety solutions for your home