No Place Like Home

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Links to Other Useful Sites:

The following are sites of interest to those considering modifying or renovating their home to accommodate a long-term care need or disability.

» David Caldwell's web site on home renovations: This web site provides information on David’s books including Renovating your own home: A step-by-step guide from which the regular home maintenance checklists were reproduced in our Chapter 9 with his permission.

» Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation(CMHC) offers many excellent resources both through books and pamphlets but also through their web site: or call 1-(800) 668 2642.

» Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access is based in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo. The center offers publications, CDRom courses and government information for inclusive building designs.

» DiaDot Disability Home Renovation has specific information on renovations for people with disabilities including floor plan layouts, information on ensuring enough turnaround spaces for wheelchairs, kitchen and bathroom renovations and more.

» Disability Resources has updated links to many aspects of disability including renovations under their page:

» Easter Seals will provide up to $3,000 of material costs (no labor) per project for children 18 and under for accessibility and mobility equipment which includes wheelchairs, ramps, elevators and porch lifts. They do not cover modifications or renovations such as widening doors. They take approximately up to 4 weeks for approval and 4 weeks to send a cheque after an invoice has been received. Household income is not required.

» Enterprise Foundation(American) was founded by James W. and Patty Rouse (1982) and established to see "that all low-income people in the United States have the opportunity for fit and affordable housing, and to move up and out of poverty into the mainstream of American life." (page. xiii in their book A consumer’s guide to home improvement, renovation and repair.)

» Hometime Improvements is based on the television series with project advice in various areas that might interest you plus a ‘store’ to purchase their resources.

» Landlord's Self-Help Centre is a not-for-profit organization that provides information, assistance and education programs to Ontario’s small scale landlords free of charge.

» Ontario March of Dimes covers the cost of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, commode/bath chairs, Hoyer lifts, bath benches, grab bars, etc. through their assistive devices program. They also assist with up to $15,000 of the cost of home modifications including wheelchair ramps, porch lifts, elevators, platform stair lifts, seated stair lifts, ceiling tracking and lifts, automatic door openers, bathroom modifications including roll-in showers and roll-under sinks, widening doorways and lowering or eliminating entry door and patio thresholds, replacing flooring for wheelchair use and modifications to vehicles to make them wheelchair accessible – of this these through their home and vehicle modifications program. Both programs are for adults only (18+ years old) with a physical disability. The applicants income and that of his or her spouse are the only financial criteria used -- other household income is not considered.

» Natural Resources Canada is the federal government program that helps homeowners evaluate the energy efficiency of their homes with actual in-home inspections that offer suggestions on how to improve energy efficiency.

» Renovators Place is a commercial site with lots of free information on home renovations, accessible homes, and more.

» Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (RRAP-D)is a federal government program through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and offers financial assistance to low income households who own and occupy substandard housing which includes housing that is not accessible. The qualifying criteria is household income and the value of the home. During our pilot project, we found the criteria difficult to meet. For example, in Toronto the home has to be valued at less than $250,000. The maximum household income requirements are lower than would be required to own a home in Toronto. For further information: 1 800 668 2642. Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence (HASI) is also a CMHC federal program to help home owners pay for minor home adaptations so low income seniors can live in their homes independently.

» Mag Ruffmanis a television and print-media home renovation expert. She is a licensed contractor with tips on her web site at:

» University of Buffalo has extensive information, links and resources on designing more accessible housing.

» University of Manitoba Universal Design Institute looks at how opening up space makes homes more accessible but also add value to the home.

» University of Missouri has many useful links on home renovations and maintenance.

» University of Toronto Adaptive Technical Resource Center at Robarts Library provides online, telephone and drop-in advice on adaptive devices.

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