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No Place Like Home
Home Modifications and Renovations For People with Disabilities or Other Long-term Care
Many people with disabilities or long-term care needs do not know what kind of modifications or renovations their homes need, nor how to get the work done. They suffer
needlessly because they lack practical and useful information, which often means they do without these changes to their home at a cost to their safety and comfort.
This book helps fill that information void with practical, 'how to' information that would make modifications and renovations happen but would also broaden a person's
natural network of supports. The book is not a "how-to" for home renovations in the typical sense. There are excellent books at your bookstore and library on general home renovations (see
Resources section at end of book).
This book is specifically for modifying and renovating a home to make it more accessible, safe and comfortable for people with a disability or other long-term care needs.
The book is designed for those who want to use a "barn-raising" approach to modifcations and renovations so that materials are donated or reduced in price and much of the work is done by friends,
family, neighbors and volunteers. Through step-by-step details, you learn how to find a contractor, work with volunteers and ask for donated materials – all to ensure an excellent renovation with
You do not have to be an expert contractor or carpenter to have your home modified or renovated. This book is designed to give you some basic information to help you choose
and work with a contractor. The contractor may know most of the information to meet your specific needs but they may not know it all. Use this book to ask the contractor the questions you need
answered to meet your specific circumstances.
The book adapts the traditional 'barn raising' methods to meet the needs of people who had difficulty getting into and around their home safely and comfortably. People
should not have to struggle to live in their own home or return home from a long-term care facility.
128 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 inches, ISBN 1-55307-011-9, $20 paperback, $15 ebook
Table of Contents
Read this First
To families, friends, neighbors and volunteers
To the contractor
To the community
To charitable organizations
Language and Jargon
Working with a Charitable Organization
Using a Support Circle for the Project
The 9-step Process
What you need and would like to have done
Getting several quotes of the costs
Choosing and working with a contractor
The Asking Role and how someone can fulfill it
Work site safety
Ordering and delivery of materials
Working with volunteers on site
Ending the project
1. Forms to Use in Organizing the Work
2. Typical Tools/Supplies to Own or Rent