If you or an aging loved one are in need of home updates to live safely and comfortably, it’s important to find a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) to make modifications.
Since the vast majority of older adults desire to continue living in their own home and community as they age, making strategic home modifications that better support safety and independence has become a popular solution for aging adults. Rather than letting a family member or friend guess at what home modifications should be made, it’s important to consult with a professional Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) for sound home safety advice and reliable repairs.
Below, we’re outlining what it takes to earn the CAPS certification and how a CAPS professional can help you or a loved one remodel your home to create a more comfortable living space for aging in place.
What is a CAPS Professional?
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is an individual who has gained the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to home modifications for adults who are aging in place. Their purpose is to analyze the homes of aging adults and provide strategic guidance on repairs and remodeling options that will help improve safety and independence around the home.
Suggested home modifications can range from bathroom safety bars to lighting to organization to total room or space redesigns. CAPS professionals are in tune to the unique needs of the older adult population and can help provide remodeling resources and solutions around common barriers and concerns within the home that works within their budget.
How Do You Get a CAPS Certification?
CAPS professionals are trained by the National Association of Home Builders and undergo a series of classes that help them understand and become an expert at identifying important changes around the home that support the well being of aging adults. There are quite a few required courses for the designation program, which range from Design and Build Solutions classes to Marketing and Communication.
On top of this curriculum, certified individuals must complete 12 hours of ongoing education every three years through industry-related education activities and community service projects. CAPS professionals are also required to provide proof of liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance and a valid business license. Lastly, CAPS professionals pledge to and uphold the CAPS code of ethics.
Why Use a CAPS-Certified Professional?
CAPS service providers are skilled at identifying adjustments that make any home a safe and supportive environment for all family members. Since the main focus of these modifications is safe, comfortable and independent living, don’t leave these projects to a son-in-law or relative. The CAPS designation offers reassurance that the professional assisting your loved one will help them make the right choices to allow them to live safely and securely at home.
How Can You Get a CAPS-Certified Home Assessment?
SameAddress provides in home care and concierge services for older adults who choose to age at home. Our CAPS representative will visit the home of your loved one to conduct a comprehensive home assessment that evaluates and suggests ways to optimize their living situation.
As a program of the non-profit Area Agency on Aging, SameAddress is backed by more than 40 years of expertise in connecting older adults with the support and services they need to live safely and comfortably at home. To learn more about how we can help you or a family member enhance quality of life at home, give us a call at 1-866-SENIOR-1 (866-736-4671) or contact us on our website.