Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS)
Are you a planner? Having the resources to save and plan ahead is often a luxury, especially during those early years of becoming established in a profession, or raising a family. Nevertheless, with maturity comes the knowledge that some planning for the future is essential, such as making provision for retirement, elder and health care. Consider the benefit of planning ahead to give your home a flexibility and spaciousness that it may not presently have — a home that has “aging in place” features.
Here is a list of accessible home renovations that add safety and comfort to a home:
- Wide doorways and hallways
- One entrance with no step
- Bathroom with grab bars and accessible shower
- Lever handles on doors and faucets
- Rocker panel light switches
- Remote lock and unlocking door hardware
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Aging in Place is defined as, “… living 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.”
“…There are three aging-in-place categories. The first group is made up of 50+ seniors who are healthy, but wisely endeavoring to remodel their homes as they age. The second group is people with progressive illnesses or disabilities that need to modify their homes to accommodate their increasing needs for greater accessibility.
The last aging-in-place group is persons who have had an accident and require immediate modification to their homes, as they return from rehab or hospital. Aging-in-place specialists are trained to serve each of these three groups; skillfully serving seniors and disabled persons as they seek to remain living independently in homes they have long cherished.”
Financing aging in place design upgrades may be a challenge, but staying in your familiar home as you age often provides the greatest comfort; while saving on the high cost of living in an assisted or independent living facility.
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