( Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist)
What is CAPS and Aging-in-Place?
Simply, Aging-in-Place means being able to remain in your home safely, independently and comfortably as your ability levels decrease due to age, disability or functional abilities. Aging-in-Place will probably require different levels of home modifications for you to continue to live in your home independently. Some modifications are as simple as installing hand rails, grab bars or comfort height toilets. Major modifications can include remodeling an entire bathrooms to be wheel chair accessible. When ever possible Universal Design is used in the planning and installation of the changes required. Universal Design is design and use of products and spaces in order to make the home, or any location, as usable as possible by anyone of any ability or age at any time.
CAPS or Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is the designation awarded to professionals who have completed training in the techniques, strategies and planning for implementation of modifications required for creation of barrier-free, comfortable, safe, aesthetically pleasing solutions for you home and environment. The CAPS programs was created by the Remodelors Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB Seniors Housing Council and AARP. For more information on a CAPS professionals and Aging-in-Place check out 'Learn About Aging In Place And What A Professional Can Do For You' from the NAHB web site.