What is Aging In Place?
Aging In Place is a type of design that modifies your existing home to fit your needs as they come along. More specifically, this consists of creating a living space that is “barrier free”, i.e., creating rooms, entrances and locations that minimize or eliminate barriers like stairs or steps, steep elevations or slopes, thresholds greater than ½”, and small, cluttered passages that just don’t work. We will design a living space that will increase use, safety, security, and independence for you as you age.
The answer depends greatly on your existing needs and your needs for the future. However, there is an assessment that a Contractor performs when preparing an Aging In Place Design. He/She will look at what issues, if any, are of concern, and to what extent (light, moderate or severe). Other things that will be noted include: vision, hearing, sense of feeling in arms or legs, use of hands, strength, balance, use of neck, reaching/stretching, coordination, endurance, awareness/understanding, breathing, dressing and undressing.In addition, a Contractor will look at the existing home’s entries, hallways and doorways, stairs, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living areas, storage/utility areas and parking areas and suggest improvements for the areas that are not working.
What is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist?
The Remodelers Council 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 needs of consumers who want to make their house a home for a lifetime – regardless of one’s age, or functional abilities. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is specially trained in:
- The unique needs of older people
- Home modifications that can help people continue living independently in their homes longer
- Common remodeling projects
- Solutions to common barriers
CAPS professionals have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free living environments. The CAPS program goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling projects and their costs, product ideas and resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions.