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. North Jersey Home Maintenance Group 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.
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”:
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