2000, Minor Home Modification Services

Revision 10-1; Effective June 14, 2010

Minor Home Modification Services

This is an all-inclusive list of minor home modifications. For
specific procedures related to the procurement of minor home
modifications, refer to Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 40, Part 1, Chapter 42.

For the items on this list, the Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities
(DBMD) program provider must obtain written specifications and a
recommendation from the appropriate licensed professional as listed

  • Audiologist
  • Behavioral Support Specialist
  • Dietician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Physician
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech Therapist

Home modifications, such as the following, include the installation,
maintenance and repair of approved items not covered by warranty:

  1. Home Modifications
    1. floor leveling, only in residences owned by the individual and/or
      family and only when the installation of a ramp is not possible
    2. vinyl flooring or industrial grade carpet necessary to ensure the
      safety of the individual, prevent falling, improve mobility and adapt a
      living space occupied by a beneficiary who is unable to safely use
      existing floor surface
    3. medically necessary steam cleaning of walls, carpet, support equipment and upholstery
    4. roll-in showers
    5. sink modifications
    6. sink cut-outs
    7. bathtub modifications
    8. water faucet controls
    9. toilet modifications
    10. floor urinal and bidet adaptations
    11. plumbing modifications
    12. turnaround space modifications
    13. work table/work surface adjustments
    14. cabinet development/adjustments
  2. Specialized Accessibility/Safety Adaptations/Additions (including repair and maintenance)
    1. ramps (constructed to provide access into and within the home)
    2. protective awnings over ramps
    3. door widening
    4. widening/enlargement of garage and/or carport to accommodate primary
      transportation vehicle and to allow persons using wheelchairs to enter
      and exit their adapted vehicles safely
    5. installation of sidewalk for access from non-connected garage and/or
      driveway to residence when existing surface condition is a safety
      hazard for the person with a disability
    6. porch/patio leveling, only when the installation of a ramp is not possible
    7. grab bars and handrails
    8. door bells, door scopes and adaptive wall switches
    9. safety glass, safety alarms, (does not include home security
      systems) security door locks, fire safety approved window locks,
      security window screens, visual alert systems
    10. security fencing for residence or play area for those persons with
      cognitive impairment or persons whose safety would be compromised if
      they wandered
    11. medically necessary air filtering devices
    12. protective padding and corner guards for walls
    13. recessed lighting with mesh covering and metal dome light covers
    14. emergency gas-powered generators (limited to critical medical equipment)
    15. medically necessary noise abatement renovations to provide increased sound proofing for persons with sensory impairments
    16. lever door handles
    17. door replacement only when required for accessibility
    18. intercom systems for persons with limited mobility or visual impairment
    19. motion sensory lighting
  3. Repair and Maintenance of Items (on the authorized list above as allowable by rule)