Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, brings his wealth of knowledge about residential remodeling, marketing, home building, residential design, health care delivery, aging-in-place, accessibility, home safety, and universal design to the "Certified Aging in Place Specialist" ("CAPS") designation program. CAPS is a joint program developed in 2002 by AARP and the NAHB to equip construction, design, health care, real estate, and related professionals with the understanding of what people need and the critical thinking to create solutions for them so they can remain in their current homes regardless of the degree of improvements that may be required or the physical requirements of the residents.
Anyone interested in learning about providing housing and renovation services for people who are normally aging-in-place, as well as those with special requirements that need to be addressed, can earn the "CAPS" designation. It just takes completion of three, one-day courses. There are no service hours, education or degree programs, other coursework or certifications, or years of experience required - no prerequisites! In a few instances completion of the third day is waived for certain professional designations that have been earned. Otherwise, all three classes are required for the designation although they don't have to be completed in any particular order or within any certain time. Nevertheless, Steve is one of the few instructors that schedules and teaches all three classes at one time on three consecutive days.
If you already have your CAPS designation - from Steve or another instructor - ask Steve about auditing the classes for a nominal amount to refresh your knowledge.
Steve is in his tenth year of teaching the CAPS courses and has offered them more than 80 times. He is the recipient of the 2015 "CAPS Instructor of the Year" award.
The "CAPS" training accommodates a very wide range of service providers - whether you currently are engaged in that field, want to get back into an area that you used to be in, or you plan on starting a new venture. While not an exhaustive list, Steve has taught remodelers, general contractors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, trade contractors, carpenters, handymen, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, building materials manufacturers and suppliers, product wholesalers, architects, physicians, university faculty, insurance agents, lenders, accountants, attorneys, durable medical equipment suppliers and installers, engineers, real estate sales professionals, county extension agents, and various other health care professionals.
After taking the "CAPS" training, you should be able to identify deficiencies and limitations in a home's layout or functionality (attributable to the age of the structure, how long since any improvements have been made, and the changing medical and physical needs of the occupants) and how they can be corrected to enable people to enjoy a safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more easily accessible home for themselves and their guests, including family members that visit occasionally for a few days or even longer.
The first CAPS course ("CAPS I") is "Marketing & Communication Strategies for Aging & Accessibility." What a great way to begin learning how to market, design, build, or remodel a new or existing home for accessibility. Universal design and visitability are two core concepts. Sustainability and common sense approaches also are important. Renovations are individually designed and applied specifically for the people who require your services. You will learn how to locate people who need your help and how to begin making the connections to assist them.
The second CAPS course ("CAPS II") is "Design/Build Solutions for Aging & Accessibility." This provides additional information on how to market, design, build, or remodel a new or existing home, including how to work with clients and others in the industry through strategic alliances. A lot of decision-making and team -building with other professionals is stressed. There are no published "solutions" provided because they largely are specific to the needs and requirements of a particular setting; however, critical thinking and various ways of approaching issues are discussed. You will be exposed to best practices and other concepts that will help succeed in this field.
The third course (commonly referred to as "CAPS III" but actually "BMBP") is "Business Management for Building Professionals." This course is a great refresher course on how to structure and run a business or a good one to focus on moving forward with the aging-in-place model. Even though it says it's for building professionals, anyone who takes the first two CAPS courses is already considered a building professional and thus welcome in this course. After all, building in some form is a part of creating solutions. You will learn important concepts necessary to help you run a new or repurposed business. If you have never run a business before, solid ideas on what to do are presented.
Steve Hoffacker's Certified Aging In Place Specialist ("CAPS") Classes