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Rules Governing Home Modification For People With Disabilities

High quality and safe home modifications for individuals with limited mobility are most definitely not for the inexperienced. It requires specialized knowledge of construction and building codes as well as continuing education and techniques using the latest accessibility guidelines. Just as your family doctor may refer you to a local “specialist” for certain ailments - many other professional contractors will refer Handyman Solutions / The Aging In Place Store as the local “specialist” for accessible home modifications and equipment because of our specialized training and experience.

What rules govern the modification of homes for people with disabilities?

There are numerous local and state building codes and regulations which may apply but they are not very substantive or encompassing.

What about the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)? Doesn't it apply?

The fact is ADA, a federal regulation, is one of the most commonly cited standards for accessibility but it does not apply to personal residences. Yep, that's right. ADA is not applicable. ADA is appropriate for public places, government buildings, places of employment and such, but does not regulate personal homes.

The Fair Housing Act, another federal act, applies to multi-family dwellings like apartment buildings and condominiums. It does not apply to individual homes. And besides, it doesn't specify what modifications for accessibility are required only that reasonable accommodations must be allowed.

So, what rules govern the modification of homes for people with disabilities? Somewhere between none - and not much.

That's why industry leaders turn to standards established by certifying organizations train and certify qualifying companies like Handyman Solutions / The Aging In Place Store. The credential are recognized by claims adjusters, case managers, risk managers, health care professionals, and others who continually seek qualified specialists in accessible home modifications, design, building, remodeling, and code compliance consulting.

The CAPS designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeler’s™ Council, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center and NAHB Seniors Housing Council to address the needs of the aging population. Much of the training also applies to the design and modification of homes for people with disabilities.

Most professionals in the accessibility industry also closely follow and adapt ADA guidelines and other literature when addressing a home accessibility case.

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