Aging In Place
Aging-in-Place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means being able to call a house a “home” for a lifetime. All Phase Remodeling is experienced in designing and building environments that are more accessible to all people, regardless of age, size or physical abilities.
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelors™ Council, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center and NAHB Seniors Housing Council. This program was developed to provide professionals training that would enable them to accommodate the needs of people over the age of 50, as well as the knowledge they would need to modify their homes for aging in place.
The program focuses specifically on the customer service skills, technical information and business management training needed to properly serve the needs of older adults. In layman’s terms, a CAPS certified professional has been trained on the unique needs of seniors, modifying homes so someone can live there longer as they age and addressing the most common barriers in a home.
If you are concerned about making your home “aging ready”, finding a CAPS certified professional is your best first step to making sure your future needs are addressed during your remodeling project.
Why You Should Choose a Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Choosing a CAPS professional is always the right choice for an aging in place remodeling project or new home construction for those seniors building the home they want to age in. These professionals have taken part in a training and certification process through the National Association of Home Builders which prepares them to anticipate and meet the needs of older people.
Through the use of universal design principles, CAPS professionals can work with you to create a safe, comfortable and more independent life in your home; both now and for the future. But, it doesn’t stop with addressing design. CAPS professionals are trained in common remodeling projects and costs, accessibility issues, product recommendations, codes and standards, and the process and resources needed to provide a complete aging in place solution.
When you use the services of a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, you can rest assured that this person has been reliably instructed on how to craft solutions that meet the needs of seniors. Click here for more information from the National Association of Home Builders.
At some point, we all get older, and our physical abilities change. Unfortunately, our home doesn’t change along with us. It was the request to remodel a home for an aging client that motivated Chris to explore how homes can be modified with simple or complex changes to ensure that owners can be home–for good. That’s when Linda became a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) with the training and testing offered through the National Association of Home Builders in 2005. The training requires continuing education because of ongoing research regarding the physical, emotional and mental needs of an aging population. This leads to more knowledge about successful ways to adapt homes for people to age in place.
Remodeling for adaptability is as much about sensitivity to a client’s needs as it is about exemplary design and construction. “Often, we are requested to make changes for an older adult; someone who is not only working to adjust to his or her own physical limitations but may also be experiencing tremendous changes in all areas of life.”
If you’re still in love with your home–whether you’re 64 or not–we recommend that everyone think 10 or 30 years out and take the opportunities to make little changes that will ensure that it won’t be simple aging that forces you to move. “As you remodel–one room at a time or a whole house–think about the following features:”
- Replace doorknobs with lever handles.
- Replace cabinet and drawer knobs with pulls.
- Install electrical outlets higher up the wall.
- With flooring changes, ask for smooth transitions and low-pile carpet to prevent tripping accidents.
- Understand your comfort level for countertop heights. This can change as your abilities change.
- Avoid extra steps by installing new doors on grade, or level with the garage or sidewalk.
- Be generous with light fixtures. Choose a style that’s easy to turn on and off and controllable to turn up the brightness, and install them also in dark places like hallways and closets, so you can see travel paths.
- Put the laundry where you store your clothes, even if it’s on the first or second floor.
- Widen doorways and hallways; use 36″ doors if you have room.
- During bathroom remodeling, install bath, shower and toilet grab bars. Don’t accept a “standard” placement; practice how you would reach for assistance, and have the bars placed appropriately.
- Install new casement windows because they are easier to operate than double-hung windows.
Call us today if you need assistance in transforming your home to make it Aging In Place Ready!!