In a country that now boasts more than 73 percent home ownership, the issue of staying in one’s home as we age has become a big topic in America. Many grown children complain that mom and dad should move to an elder community. Many seniors prefer to stay in communities they know in surroundings that are familiar. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Remodelors Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) along with the NAHB Seniors Housing Council are working to educate homeowners and homebuilders about Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS). These housing specialists understand the principles of universal design and how to update a home to make it livable at all stages of life. When certified, a construction company, contractor, or designer can display the CAPS logo, ensuring that they are trained and knowledgeable in aging-in-place construction, products, and issues. With an aging population that is craving independence and mobility, CAPS firms and designers can help homeowners make remodeling decisions to benefit their future lifestyles and make their homes more valuable to a wider market. If you have parents or relatives who want to remain in their homes as they age, consider contacting a CAPS professional for a review of the property and a game plan for increasing safety, comfort, and accessibility.
Credit: AARP Aging In Place