The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

The baby boom generation has many choices as this large population of potential clients for remodelers, builders, contractors and occupational therapists considers where to live – but overwhelmingly, seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation offers your potential clients what they need most: reassurance that you’ll help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely.

In addition, the CAPS designation helps you make your clients’ homes more “visitable.” Even if the home owners don’t think they need additional task lighting, grab bars, and other home modifications for their own use, their family members and visitors might. CAPS helps you help your clients make the right choices, and it gives you more security in remodeling market niche that’s continuing to grow in popularity.

Aging in place is not a magic formula. Rather, it is a choice seniors can make to try to ensure a higher quality of life and control their circumstances as they age.

It is a decision that requires some planning, so to get you started we’ve created a series to cover high-level topics to get you started.

Through these pages you will explore a number of aging in place topics, including information about your home, community and others that you will need to consider while creating your aging in place plan. Think of this as the basics of aging in place; a primer to jump-start your age in place discovery.

What is Aging in Place?

Aging in place means being able to live in the home of your choice for as long as you are able, while being able to get any assistance you require as your needs change.1 It sounds pretty cut and dry. However, there is more to it than you may think.

Finding the right house for you

Finding the right house for you is an important part of your aging in place plan. Many houses don’t have the features needed for aging in place or they are not in the right type of community to suit your future needs.

So, often seniors find their homes are not elderly-friendly and lack usability features that increase safety. Remodeling and making other changes in your home allows a person to craft their home to be one they need as their needs change.

Assistive technology

Assistive technology can provide real benefits to seniors aging in place. These assistive devices can help you create a more safe and enjoyable lifestyle. Devices range from low-tech to high-tech, and should be chosen based on functionality and ease of

Community

There are many choices available when building an aging in place plan and where a person lives is one of them. The features and resources available can have a large impact on a person’s quality of life. As a person ages, the need for outside assistance increases. Knowing what services you might need for aging in place and where they are available can help make planning much easier. It will also relieve some stress in the long run.

Health Care

Another major aging in place basics consideration is health care. Keeping in good health helps ensure a higher quality of life. Access to adequate health care resources in your community can prevent many obstacles for seniors and being healthy contributes to a brighter outlook on life.

Finances & Legal

Making proper financial and legal preparations can make or break an aging in place plan. It will also reduce peace of mind and a senior’s quality of life. The decisions that are made for a home, care and even daily living will be impacted by the planning you make in the areas of money and legal.

Aging in Place Planning

Proper planning (if you haven’t guess yet) is the best thing a person can do to ensure they have the lifestyle, quality of life and, eventually, care that they want as they continue to age. If a senior doesn’t have an aging in place plan that covers their wishes and wants, making preparations as best as they can, then decisions will eventually be left up to someone else.