Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, offers additional coursework and consulting beyond the "CAPS" designation and certification program for those who are interested in the accessibility, visitability, safety, comfort, security, and convenience aspects of aging in place for people wanting to get the most functional and sustainable use out of their homes - whether their home is brand new construction or one built decades ago. He brings his extensive knowledge of residential design, floor plans, spatial relationships, construction techniques, and product choices to the "Universal Design/Build" two-day class. This is a companion course to the CAPS material, but it is geared more toward universal design rather than solutions for specific needs. Overlap between the two programs is kept to a minimum.
This is a standalone, two-day course that complements the CAPS designation and training but is not dependent upon you having taken the CAPS coursework prior to enrolling in this course!
However, anyone who has taken the CAPS program successfully will enjoy this course because (1) it provides 12 hours of CE credit (all that is needed for a 3-year renewal cycle), (2) it really focuses on treatments, features, products, and building components that have the broadest possible appeal, and (3) it is a great complement and companion to the CAPS courses.
This is not a designation program but a two-day independent class. There are no service hours or other requirements or pre-requisites. Anyone who desires the knowledge should take it, even if they have not completed any or all of the CAPS courses!
Simply put, universal design is providing all functional and operational aspects of a home (controls, doorways, passageways, appliances, fixtures, closets, cabinets, windows, door and cabinet hardware, and more) where they can be used by essentially anyone in the home, whether they live there full-time or are just visting. While some people have special requirements that severly restrict their mobility, often they can still function well in a universal design setting. Generally speaking, universal design delivers a living environment that is not dependent on someone's height, size, physical ability, strength, or age.
Steve has written several texts on universal design, and he provides many examples from his books during the classes. The coursework takes an outside-in approach to looking at the living space in a home and breaks it up into many parts such as entries, passageways, windows, doors, flooring, lighting, kitchens (with many appliance, cabinets, and functional components), bathrooms (with fixtures, mirrors, cabinetry, and other features), and other rooms and living areas around the home and yard.
The same people who have taken the CAPS courses, or are considering taking them in the future, are the ones who should be taking the Universal Design/Build course.
Universal Design/Build, Wednesday-Thursday, October 11-12, 2017 (2-day class) [Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201]
Universal Design/Build, Thursday-Friday, November 16-17, 2017 (2-day class) [Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411]
Universal Design/Build, Thursday-Friday, December 11-12, 2017 (2-day class) [Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411]
Steve Hoffacker's Universal Design Programs
CAPS, CEAC, SHSS
Steve Hoffacker LLC
West Palm Beach, FL USA
Steve Hoffacker's Aging In Place Consulting & Instructional Services