Home Modification

Alterations, Modifications Help Keep You Safe at Home

Contact: Jenny, In-Home Services Manager
Phone: 608.268.9643
Email: intake@independentlivinginc.org

Our Home Modification team is dedicated to working with you to help you remain safely in your home. Fall prevention and home safety are paramount. Perhaps you’re someone dealing with a chronic condition, and a few home alterations will make life easier. Perhaps someone you love could use a grab bar, a bed rail and a couple of shelf adjustments that will make it easier to stand and balance. Or perhaps a sudden, unexpected change like an injury may require a temporary or permanent ramp.  Safety at home is our business.

 Home Safety Modification

The first step is to contact us and arrange for an in-person visit in your home.  Our friendly and professional staff want to get to know you and how your living environment helps or hinders you.  Our home evaluations are done by occupational therapy professionals who are knowledgeable about assessing individual abilities and promoting full participation in daily life activities. At Independent Living, we believe a thorough home safety evaluation by an occupational therapy professional is an essential first step in the home modification process. To learn why our assessments are a valuable service to you, review this helpful article from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

When you have an Independent Living home assessment, you will receive recommendations customized for you, your home and how you live in your home. See the list for examples of recommendations, all of which we can do for you:

  • Ramps (interior and exterior)
  • Kitchen and bathroom accessibility
    • hand-held showers
    • shelves and cupboards adjusted
    • grab bars placed by showers, toilets, tubs and other helpful spots
    • door levers instead of door knobs
    • toilet seat risers
  • Indoor and outdoor repair of steps
  • Couch and chair risers
  • Helpful equipment
    • Handrails
    • Bath benches, commodes and more
    • So many other options, too!
  • So many other options!

On Staff Carpenter

We go beyond giving you a list of options. Our on-staff carpenter will help you make the changes you want. We’re so pleased to have this service ready for you. And clients appreciate Ron’s careful attention! This is what one recent client had to say:

Yesterday, Ron came and installed those (grab) bars. I cannot say enough about that young man. He came in, he was polite and courteous, he was so careful. He installed those bars . . . and my husband and I are both feeling much safer in our home. That young man just stands out in my mind as being exceptionally professional and very capable at what he does. And I’d like that passed on to who pays his salary! Thank you so much for your help. We do feel safer and more comfortable in our home.         ~Ruth


Aging in place is important, and with more than 45 years of experience, we are ready to help you maintain your independence and safety at home. Take the next step and call 608.268.9643 today.


Watch and Learn!

FACTv in Fitchburg shares tips from Independent Living about home modifications that can help you continue to stay home and live safely.  On the second Tuesday of the month, watch the program “Talking Fitchburg” to learn more from our managers! 

Video 1: What Is Home Modification?
Video 2: Adaptive Equipment Show and Tell
Video 3: Icy Sidewalks and Keeping Yourself Safe at Home
Video 4: Ways to Minimize the Challenges of Getting In and Out of a Chair
Video 5: What Does a Home Safety Evaluation Look For? Part 1
Video 6: What Does a Home Safety Evaluation Look For? Part 2
Video 7: Techniques and Tools For Safe Dressing
Video 8: Advice and Tools to Avoid Slips and Falls in the Bathroom
Video 9: Advice and Tools for Outdoor Safety in Winter
Video 10: Advice and Tools for Working Safely in the Kitchen
Video 11: Advice and Tools to Keep a Bedroom Safe and Accessible
Video 12: How to Sit in and Rise from a Chair, or “How to Avoid the Plop”
Video 13: Tips for Navigating a Staircase, including with or without a Cane or Walker
Video 14: Tips and Techniques for Getting In and Out of the Car 
Video 15: What to Look for in Canes and Walkers
Video 16: What to Look For in a Home Safety Assessment
Video 17: Great Gifts to Manage Mobility in a Car or Pick Up Items
Video 18: Our Client Pam Describes How Home Modifications Made Life Safer at Home


Independent Living administers grants on behalf of the City of Madison and Dane County that may cover some home modification expenses for qualified individuals. Information is available by contacting Jenny, our In-Home Services Manager. Another option for coverage may be available from your health insurance provider or long-term care policy provider. Please contact your insurer for details.


To get started on your home project, call today!

Contact: Jenny, In-Home Services Manager
Phone: 608.268.9643
Email: intake@independentlivinginc.org.

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