Saturday, October 6, 2007
nrcshhm - About National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification: "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 include: * 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 gripping"