Don’t Move; Modify as You Age

November 21, 2010

You buy a house. You raise a family. You age. Your needs change. You could move …

In this market? And leave the Chicago home you love behind? You need another plan.

Time to call in a remodeler trained as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS).

According to the AARP, many seniors would rather stay in their homes than move because of health or independence concerns.

Remodeling for aging-in-place allows homeowners to stay put while their living spaces are adapted to their needs for easier accessibility and improved functionality.

Some solutions aging-in-place remodeling could offer include:

*Creating a multifunctional first-floor master suite

Contractor making a shower adjustment.*Adding comfort-height toilets

*Building a no-step shower

*Installing bath and shower grab bars to minimize falling

*Adjusting countertop heights

*Improved lighting

*Installing an elevator

*Widening doorways for mobility-assistance equipment

*Creating a no-step access from a patio to a home’s interior

*Constructing raised-bed planters for easier gardening

“Remodelers can make a home more accessible while also improving its beauty,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Donna Shirey. “In fact, NAHB Remodelers recently presented Homes for Life awards to two CAPS designers for beautiful aging-in-place remodels that incorporated universal design features.”

The CAPS courses were developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in conjunction with the AARP, and there are more than 3,500 certified CAPS around the country.

While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number of others getting certified include general contractors, architects, designers, occupational therapists and other professionals who work with seniors and people with disabilities.

To find out more information, or to find a Certified Aging-in-Place specialist in your area, visit

Categories: Education, NAHB, Remodeling

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