Senior Citizen's Guide to Philadelphia and Suburbs Fall/Winter 2013 - page 24

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If you’re like the majority of
Americans over the age of 45, you
want to continue living in a familiar
environment throughout your ma-
turing years. According to AARP,
older home owners overwhelmingly
prefer to age-in-place, which means
living in your home safely, indepen-
dently and comfortably, regardless
of age or ability level.
The NAHB Remodelers of the
NationalAssociation of HomeBuild-
ers (NAHB) in collaboration with
Home Innovation Research Labs,
NAHB 50+ Housing Council, and
AARP developed the Certified Ag-
ing-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) pro-
gram to address the growing number
of consumers that will soon require
these modifications. While most
CAPS professionals are remodelers,
an increasing number are general
contractors, designers, architects, and
health care professionals.
How long do you plan to live
in your current home?
If you’re like the majority of
Americans over the age of 45, you
want to continue living in a familiar
environment throughout your matur-
ing years. According to the AARP,
older home owners overwhelmingly
prefer to age in place, which means
living in your home safely, indepen-
dently and comfortably, regardless
of age or ability level.
How should you modify your
home to make it more
comfortable?
To age-in-place, youwill probably
need to modify your house as you
mature to increase access and safety.
Modifications may range from the
installation of bathroom grab bars
and adjusting countertop height to the
creation of first floor bedrooms and
the installation of private elevators.
Who can you rely on to
modify your home?
CAPS professionals have the
answers to your questions. They
have been taught the strategies and
techniques for designing and build-
ing aesthetically pleasing, barrier-
free living environments. CAPS
graduates pledge to uphold a code
of ethics and are required to main-
tain their designation by attending
continuing education programs and
participating in community service.
What can a CAPS profession-
al offer home owners?
A CertifiedAging-in-Place Spe-
cialist (CAPS) has been trained in:
• The unique needs of the older
adult population
• Aging-in-place home modifica-
tions
Make Your House a Home
for a Lifetime
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