Find an Aging in Place Specialist in Home Health Aide
Countless studies have shown that homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to age in a familiar place, but when daily life can become too much to manage, substantial home alternations may be necessary.
Certified Aging-In-Place specialists (CAPS) can help reconcile the need for a familiar environment with the need to prioritize safety and accessibility. Such specialists have been trained in the specific needs of the older adult population and unique ways to modify homes. They are also experts in designing common remodeling projects and on how to combat common barriers to accessibility.
One thing to keep in mind when considering a CAPS specialist is that they offer a service in drawing from their professional knowledge to help turn your ideas into an organized and thorough plan. However, no matter where you start in the process, a professional remodeler will have to be hired to make the actual modifications to your home. Some typical modifications that will increase access and maneuverability include brighter lights, bath and shower grab bars, countertop heights, multifunctional first floor master suites, and elevators.
CAPS was developed by The Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in conjunction with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB 50+ Housing Council and the AARP in order to address the growing number of consumers requiring these modifications.
CAPS professionals are mostly remodelers, but a number of general contractors, designers, architects and health care consultants who have been instructed in techniques for building aesthetically-pleasing, barrier-free living environments are also involved in planning.
To get started, figure out how much money you have to spend on the project and compare it to the cost of moving to a community. Also, seek referrals from others who may have had similar work done.
Before you commit to a remodeler, verify with your local state office of consumer protection and Better Business Bureau that he/she has the appropriate license(s) in your state. Ask for a written estimate of the work your remodeler will perform based on your own specifications. Be firm, but prepared to pay the total amount in full. Finally, select a professional with plenty of experience with your type of project. Remember, the lowest price does not always ensure a successful modeling project and home improvement is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come.