Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, conducts several training classes each year (averaging more than two a month) in West Palm Beach, Florida (and other locations such as Lecanto, FL, Hartford, CT, Springfield, MA, Pittsfield, MA, Chattanooga, TN, Waverly, OH, Arlington, TX, and St. Peters, MO) such as the "Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS)" designation through a joint program of the NAHB and AARP, which you can attain after completion of the three-day program. He also teaches the two-day "Universal Design/Build" class and several one-day classes and workshops for aging-in-place professionals and providers from the fields of remodeling, new construction, health care, design, architecture, home health, occupational and physical therapy, durable medical equipment, building materials, and several others. He also provides floor plan reviews and analysis of aging in place and universal design functions and features within a home - already existing ones or planned new construction - and discusses how related concepts such as visitability, accessibility, and adaptability fit into your overall aging-in-place design and renovation strategies.
Regardless of the type, size, or age of a home or apartment that people currently have, they want to remain living in their present homes for as long as they can. Some people may eventually move into another home later on, but their current home or apartment (owned or rented) needs to be treated as if this is their forever home. Many people already have found their forever home (because they really like it, they love the location, or they can't afford to replace it) and will stay in that home for the long-term.
This trend of remaining in place and not moving has been developing for several years and shows no signs of abating. Actually, it's growing in popularity and demand. This is where you, as a solutions-oriented professional, come in. If you are connected to residential remodeling, renovations, home modifications, or the health and safety of people inside their homes, then you need to be part of the aging-in-place and universal design solutions that people are seeking.
People are craving the ability to stay in familiar surroundings as they age rather than pulling up roots and moving into a retirement facility or nursing home. In addition to stress of packing up and moving, there is the economic impact of being able to afford moving from their present home. Sometimes people can do remain living in their present homes by making very little physical changes to their homes. Other times, more major renovations are called for - especially when there are physical or health concerns that need to be accommodated. Nevertheless, these are less costly than moving into a retirement home, and it helps tremendously with the mental and emotional health of the people you are serving.
If you already have your CAPS designation - from Steve or another instructor -
ask Steve how you can take a refresher class or classes for a nominal amount.
The chief objective in helping people remain living where they are is safety. This comes in many forms - from eliminating tripping hazards, creating open passageways, having wide accessible doorways, and locating withing easy reach and grasp such items as shelves, door pulls, appliances, faucets, light switches, and other functional elements of a home.
The CAPS training prepares you to be instrumental in helping people remain independent as you effectively assess what needs to be done in their homes to help them cope with aging issues and concerns and to offer practical solutions for addressing and achieving those results.