Professional Training Opportunity: Wisconsin HOMES Program


Home modification plays a critical role in older adults’ ability to age in their homes. Beginning July 17th through October 16th, the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology will be offering the Wisconsin HOMES Program, an online professional training program with Wisconsin-specific tools and resources for professionals working in aging, disability, housing, and health care settings serving older adults. Students earn an Executive Certificate and continuing education hours!

For more information and to register for the program, click here.  Wisconsin was selected as one of 3 states nationally to be part of a Pilot program, and, as such, participants in the certificate program are being offered a $400 reduction in the cost of tuition to bring a $900 down to $500 in 2018!

A free webinar outlining the program will be available Wednesday, June 20th from 11 AM - 12: PM central time. To register for the free webinar, click here.

Additional Details:

Why Home Modification? 
Home modification (changing the environment to support safety, independence, and health) plays a critical role in older adults' ability to age in their homes and avoid institutional settings. Ranging from handrails to roll-in showers, these features support daily activities, prevent falls, and decrease caregiver injury rates.

Who Should Take HOMES? Professionals from four sectors:

  • Housing (remodelers, contractors, handymen, architects, service coordinators)
  • Disability (centers for independent living, rehabilitation centers)
  • Aging (senior centers, area agencies on aging, case managers)

Health Care (nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, home care workers)

What Takes Place?
The Pilot Program consists of five 2-week online courses with Wisconsin-specific content:

  • Course 1 - The Basics and Beyond
  • Course 2 - How to Get It Done
  • Course 3 - Funding Sources and Financing Mechanisms
  • Course 4 - Raising Community Awareness and Coalition Building 
  • Course 5 - The Ethics of Home Modification

    Spend approximately 4 hrs/wk accessing lectures and interfacing with colleagues! Assignments can be directly applied to your work while earning 54 hours of class time for CEUs! This in-depth program is offered to you for $500-a reduced rate for Pilot Program students!

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