When it comes to deciding where to live as we get older, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. However, it is no surprise that most aging adults prefer to stay in their own homes. In fact, a recent study by AARP revealed that 77% of people 50 and older want to remain in their current home as they age. But how do you ensure your home meets your needs now and in the future? One of the best ways is to work with a qualified aging-in-place specialist. Get the details below!
What is Aging-in-Place?
The CDC defines aging-in-place as “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Being able to live independently in your own home promotes greater life satisfaction, a better quality of life, and higher self-esteem — all of which are crucial to living a long, happy, and healthy life.
Homes designed with aging in mind allow individuals to maintain their independence as they grow older. These homes often implement Universal Design techniques to create barrier-free living spaces that are attractive, safe, and comfortable for people of any age or ability.
What is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)?
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is a designation given by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB created the program in partnership with Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB 50+ Housing Council, and the AARP. Home remodelers with a CAPS designation have been trained to understand the technical, business management, and customer service skills necessary to serve the needs of older adults.
What is Universal Design?
Universal Design doesn’t have to be ugly or boring; it can be chic, functional, and cutting-edge. In fact, many common go-to design practices that specialists utilize are some of the most desirable. They include practical, straightforward design choices, such as wider doorways and hallways, zero clearance entryways, and curbless showers to eliminate steps and tripping hazards.
These design elements create unique and fun concepts in kitchens and bathrooms that make living and performing everyday tasks easier, safer, and more enjoyable — regardless of age or ability. From large, full-extension drawers to unique and innovative interior cabinet hardware, everything is thoughtfully planned and easily accessible.
Why You Should Choose a CAPS Professional
The decision to stay in your home is a big one, and ensuring you can do so safely and securely is essential. Working with a CAPS professional can make that happen. In addition to being properly trained and vetted by a trusted industry organization, these specialists are well-versed in the building codes, standards, and products to successfully modify a home to suit your long-term needs.
Great Northern Builders is an aging-in-place expert. Both Chris and Nate have received their CAPS designation from the NAHB, making the Great Northern Builders team uniquely qualified to help you reimagine your home with aging in mind. Whether you’re planning ahead or simply want to make your home work better for you or a loved one, we’re here to help.
Contact us today to learn more about our home remodeling and aging-in-place services!