Home Modifications: Equipment, Contractors, and Funding

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The right home modifications will enable you to enjoy and safely access your home while living with Disability. Here are a few recommendations that are worth considering, however we recommend a home visit from a homecare occupational therapist as well as consulting with your OT before undergoing any major renovations:

Home Application Common Examples & Guidelines
Home Entrances

Wheelchair ramp | Porch lift

You may also find this article helpful to understand your choices.

Bathrooms Grab bars | Standing Bars | Roll-in shower design
Transfer between rooms In consideration of mobility aids, ensure that your doorways are, at a minimum, 32” wide.
Transfer between surfaces Ceiling Track Lift
Transfer between floor levels Home Elevator | Stair Glide
General Modifications Consider installing Grab bars & Standing Bars throughout the home to increase safety during daily tasks

You may also find it helpful to work with contractors who have experience with accessible design – some options are listed below.

As with any renovation, get quotes from more than one source before making a final decision. You may also choose to ask contractors about the possibility of equipment rentals or installing refurbished equipment instead of purchasing new.

Home modifications are just one way to modify your environment. If you are concerned about your safety at home, consult your clinical team.

 

Private Contractors

101 Mobility

Matt Dawson
905-421-9101
www.101mobility.com/pickering/

Home Editions

Dennis Benoit
416-410-7844
www.homeeditions.com

Ross Elevators and Lifts

Ross Therrien
613-334-8897
www.rosslifts.ca

Access Abilities

416-237-9654 (Etobicoke)
905-825-5335 (Oakville)
www.accessabilities.ca

Med+ Home Health Care

416-477-5960
www.medplushealth.ca/

Silver Cross – Canada-wide

1-844-352-7677
www.silvercross.com

Adapt-Able Design Group

416-781-3335
www.adaptabledesign.com

Rehab Medical

Sam Hanna
647-893-7507
www.rehabmedicalmobility.com

Total Access Centre

Daniel Wiskin
416-546-1000
http://www.totalaccesscentre.com

Basic Modifications Inc.

Mario Greco
416-284-9503
www.adaptabledesign.com

Funding Resources for Home Modifications

This is a general overview of funding options available in Ontario for home modifications. Each of these programs has its own criteria and processes, and eligibility is not guaranteed.

Please be aware that ALS Canada does not provide funding for home modifications

Agency

Funding Type

Description & Eligibility

Value

March of Dimes

Grant

Provides funding for basic home modifications for low-income Ontario residents with substantial limitations to mobility.

Lifetime value of up to $15,000

Ontario Renovates

Grant

Opportunities will vary by region. Please click here to review

Up to $5,000

Ontario Renovates

Forgivable Loan

Opportunities will vary by region. Please click here to review

Up to $15,000

Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC)

 

Tax Credit

A federal tax credit for Canadian seniors (over 65), those who qualify for a disability tax credit, or those eligible for the caregiver amount. This tax credit can be applied to qualifying permanent renovations that improve a home’s accessibility or safety. Some accessibility renovations can also be claimed as medical expenses on federal and provincial taxes.

Up to $10,000

York Region Home Repair

Grant

Provides financial assistance to homeowners in the York Region with low and moderate income who need modifications to make their homes accessible

Annual value: $7,500 Lifetime value: $15,000

 

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