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Accessibility Remodeling Rules and ADA Remodeling Regulations for Homes

Accessibility rules regulations

Accessibility remodeling for aging in place requires specialized knowledge of construction and building codes as well as a complete understanding of the ADA regulations. It also requires continuing education to keep up with the latest accessibility regulations and guidelines. It's definitely not for the inexperienced remodeler!

Handyman Solutions conforms to all regulations and standards established by local, county, state, and federal authorities including the rules and regulations set forth for accessibility remodeling. We're your local specialist in aging in place renovations, accessibility remodeling, home modifications, and ADA equipment installation!

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

There are always local and state building codes and regulations for home remodeling but the regulations for disability modifications for a home aren't as comprehensive as they are for commercial ADA remodeling.

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

ADA regulations are in place for public places but do not affect the accessibility modifications of a private home.

The Fair Housing Act, another federal act, does apply to multi-family dwellings like apartment buildings and condos but does not apply to individual homes. The regulations aren't comprehensive but only state that reasonable accommodations must be allowed.

Since regulations do not apply to private homes, many professional aging in place remodeling leaders adhere to standards established by a certifying organization.

The Certified Environmental Access Consultant (CEAC) and the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) certifications are two of the most common.

Accessible Home Improvement of America (AHIA) administers CEAC. Health care professionals, risk managers, claims adjusters, case managers, and others looking for qualified specialists in accessible home remodeling seek professionals with the CEAC designation.

The CAPS organization also addresses the needs of the aging population and provides training for professionals who make accessibility modifications of homes for the disabled. CAPS 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

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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