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What is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist?


Question: I would like to share another resource about aging in place that might be of benefit to your readers--a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). If your loved one wishes to remain in their home for as long as possible, please consider the services of an individual holding the CAPS designation as part of your aging in place team. Their goal is to find solutions for your home environment to increase your safety and facilitate your on-going independence through home modifications. It's about responding to current and future needs in order to age at home with confidence, by removing hazards that may cause injuries. The most commonly recognized safety equipment is a grab bar in the bathroom but it's more than just that. It's also ensuring adequate lighting so that individuals can see better, or replacing door handles and faucets with lever models for ease of use. There are many other universal design options available for consumers to assist with this new stage in life

Please consider contacting the National Association of Home Builders and ask about the services of a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Here is a web link to assist you with your search. Simply enter your city or state name and it should provide of list. If you're in Canada, select "International" in the State choices:

Dr. Amy:  I agree--people with a CAPS designation are an excellent resource to draw upon and this is definitely worth sharing. I'd love to hear from other readers who have called upon a CAPS for help. What kind of help have you received?

Thanks for sharing this important resource.




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