Hire a Certified Aging-In-Place-Specialist (CAPS)
Hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and make your house a home for a lifetime. The NAHB Remodelers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB Seniors Housing Council, and AARP developed the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) program to address the growing number of consumers that will soon require these modifications. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number are general contractors, designers, architects, and health care consultants.
"I feel better about being able to stay in the familiar surroundings of my own home now that it has been fixed up by my CAPS contractor. The changes I made to my house - like grab bars and better lighting, were cheaper than moving to an assisted living apartment!"--Elsie Peterson, Houston, Texas
How long do you plan to live in your current home?
If you're like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. According to the AARP, older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to age in place, which means living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.
How should you modify your home to make it more comfortable?
To age-in-place you will probably need to modify your house as you mature to increase access and maneuverability. These modifications range from the installation of bath and shower grab bars and adjustment of countertop heights to the creation of multifunctional first floor master suites and the installation of private elevators.
Who can you rely on to modify your home?
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) has been trained in:
The CAPS designation is a reliable way to identify professionals to modify your home
CAPS professionals have the answers to your questions. They have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments. The CAPS program goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures and projects, product ideas, and resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions. CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service.
Before you modify your home:
Keep in mind that when you hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, you are buying a service rather than a product. Each CAPS professional draws from a different knowledge base and will approach your project in a different way. No matter where you start in the process, you will eventually need to hire a professional remodeler to actually make the modifications to your home.
Here's a checklist to help you modify your home:
When considering modifying your home, ask yourself:
My mother was 80 years old and losing her vision. I had a CAPS remodeler build an addition onto my home. The barrier-free bathroom and the new, wide walls have made all the difference for her. The impact on my mother's life was profound. She became more self-sufficient, more confident, and happier."--Roy Liard, Denver, Colo.
Learn more about CAPS and how to earn the CAPS designation
***The award of any NAHB University of Housing designation does not represent and should not be constructed as a guarantee or certification of the quality of the designation-holder's work product. NAHB's conferral of a designation represents only NAHB's affirmation that the individual designation-holder completed the stipulated requirements of the respective designation program.