2000, Minor Home Modification Services

Revision 22-2; Effective Sept. 1, 2022

Minor Home Modification Services

This is an all-inclusive list of minor home modifications. For specific procedures about 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 below:

  • 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:

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