Translating high quality research specific to better design and building practice

Research Library

The HMinfo Research Library contains an in-depth collection of materials on home modifications and related subjects.

The Research Library does not lend books and other items. Under special circumstances, requests to use the library may be made by emailing .

Library Search


Advancements in the home modification field: a tribute to Powell Lawton.

Journal of Housing for the Elderly

Author: Pynoos, J., Nishita, C., Perelman, L.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2003


Describes the influence of M. Powell Lawton on the home modification field and its service delivery system. Lawton recognized that suitable housing for older adults extends beyond homes that are free of repair needs. The home needs to be accessible and enable older adults to perform daily life activities. His influence led to the inclusion of items in national datasets that examined not only repair needs, but also modification needs. Lawton also called attention to problems in the fragmented service delivery system. Despite continuing problems, however, home modification programs are developing innovative approaches to system integration, assessment, and outcomes research. It is concluded that Lawton has impacted the development of the home modification field with the recognition that the physical design of the environment can encourage successful adaptation to declining functional abilities with age.

Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Housing for the Elderly
Pages: 105-116
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Accession Number: September, 2011
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1300/J081v17n01_08
Keywords: older, modification, design
Reads: 236