Aging in place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a ‘home’ for a lifetime.
CAPS is a designation program developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to provide comprehensive technical, practical, market specific training for building professionals working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging in place.
Why hire a CAPS remodeler?
An Aging-In-Place Specialist has the answers to your questions about aging in place. They have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments. The CAPS program goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures, product ideas and resources needed to provide practical aging-in-place solutions. CAPS professionals pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service projects.
How should you modify your home to make it more comfortable?
To age-in place, you will probably need to modify your home as you get older to increase access and maneuverability. One of the goals of an aging-in-place remodel is to limit the potential for falls by reducing trip hazards. Some other potential modifications include:
- Installing zero threshold shower enclosures with grab bars
- Creating a multifunctional first floor master suite
- Adding an elevator or stair lift to access higher floors
- Adjusting countertop and appliance heights for ease of use
- Updated lighting plan for increased visibility
What should I consider when thinking about an aging-in-place remodel?
When thinking about an aging-in-place remodel one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is: ‘How long do I plan to live in my current home.’ If you are like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. According to the AARP, older homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to age-in-place, which means living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level. Of course, whenever considering a remodeling project there is always an intersection at the corner of need and expense. How much you want to allocate towards an aging-in-place remodel is an important question. In the long term, it may be more cost effective to remodel your home than it would be to pay for long term care or an assisted living facility. Here are a few other things to consider when thinking about an aging-in-place remodel:
- What are the potential hazards in my home that most concern me?
- Are there any mobility issues that need to be addressed?
- Do I want to add a bathroom or bedroom on the main level?
- How can I make my kitchen more functional?
- Where will the funds come from? Do I need a home equity loan?
- Will other members of my family benefit from these modifications?
If you are interested in discussing an remodeling project or having an accessibility evaluation done on your home by an Aging-In-Place Specialist, please call Daniel Bradbury to set up a phone consultation.