Working with an Aging-In-Place Specialist can help you enjoy your home for as long as possible. When you bought your first home, a lot of thought and planning probably went into it, and the same thought and planning needs to be done if you want to stay in your home throughout the later stages of life. This will often involve making changes or home modifications that can help you live more comfortably and safely, with design updates that can range from easy and simple to more complex.
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) can assist with the planning and implementation of changes that can help aging seniors stay home. CAPS professionals have the answers to many housing questions and problems, and they have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building attractive, barrier-free living environments for aging seniors.
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is a housing professional who:
- Has been trained to meet the housing needs of the 50+ population.
- Can identify and/or make home modifications or changes that help people continue living independently in their home for longer.
- Can find solutions to common barriers that can make a house unsafe or uncomfortable.
The Remodeler’s Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with the NAHB Research Center, the NAHB 50+ Housing Council and AARP developed the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) program to help consumers wanting to make their house a home for a lifetime, even if their needs and abilities change. For more information on working with a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist and to find a certified professional in your area, visit the NAHB website.