CAPS Course Descriptions

Certified Aging In Place (CAPS)
Course Descriptions

In 2017, the CAPS (Certified Aging In Place Specialist) curriculum has been totally modified, rewritten, and reissued. This is good news for you:
  • If you already have taken all of your CAPS classes (either 2 of them or all 3, depending on any exemption you may have been granted), you do not have to do anything - your CAPS designation is as solid as ever
  • If you have only taken one or two of the classes and need to finish your coursework, the new material will be refreshing and more timely for you - you may even want to go back to the beginning although this is not required
  • For the first time ever, there finally is a "CAPS III" class (beginning the end of October) that contains case studies and hands-on application of strategies to effect solutions
  • The existing BMBP class remains but as an elective, when offered - it no longer is one of the three required courses
  • There are no more exemptions - everyone will take all three required CAPS classes (CAPS I, II, and III), meaning that we all will have a common knowledge base
Here is a synopsis of each of the four CAPS classes and the Universal Design/Build course also that Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, presents in West Palm Beach, Florida and other markets throughout the United States:
CAPS I - Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client
  • This class is required for the CAPS designation - no exemptions or exceptions. It can be taken alone or out of order, but it must be taken and it is highly recommended that it be taken as part of a three consecutive day class such as that offered by Master CAPS Instructor Steve Hoffacker. This class must be taken before enrolling in CAPS III.
  • This is a one-day, 6-credit hour, standalone class that currently combines with CAPS II and BMBP to complete the requirements for the CAPS designation. This may be taken as a solo, introductory course to the aging in place concept, but all the classes will need to be taken to receive the designation. There is no time limit as to when all three classes need to be taken.
  • Because Americans, Canadians, and people of other lands are living longer and enjoying more active lives, and because so many of them have discovered that remaining in their current home has tremendous benefits for them, they have embraced aging in place as a lifestyle concept.  In fact, everyone, from birth onward, is aging in place in some way. It's a matter of the quality of life they are enjoying and how their home accommodates their essential needs and life skills. 
  • There are three primary market segments that we focus on in this class: (1) people without urgent needs (the majority of people) who require just simple (if any) renovations in their home to facilitate accessibility, visitability, and age related vision or hearing impairment; (2) those with a progressive based condition (a chronic disease, limitation, or impairment that does not improve over time and usually intensifies) that requires modifications in the home to assist with mobility, accessibility, and the activities of daily living; and (3) people suffering from a traumatic needs condition such as a TBI or other sudden onset situation that often requires home improvements to allow them to function well within their living space.
  • The course identifies opportunities and resources for starting or expanding an aging in place business and looks at common access points and marketing opportunities within the three major aging in place market segments. Also addressed is establishing relationships and working with strategic partners and referring professionals to generate leads and collaborate to create effective solutions for clients.
  • Communication strategies and concepts for building the sale with a client and their family is addressed as well.
  • A personal reference book is included.
  • CE credits are provided for AIBD, AOTA, APTA, ASID, NKBA, AIA, and others.
CAPS II - Design Concepts For Livable Homes & Aging In Place
  • This class is required for the CAPS designation - no exemptions or exceptions. It can be taken alone or out of order, but it must be taken and it is highly recommended that it be taken as part of a three consecutive day class such as that offered by Master CAPS Instructor Steve Hoffacker. This class must be taken before enrolling in CAPS III.
  • This is a one-day, 6-credit hour, standalone class that currently combines with CAPS I and BMBP to complete the requirements for the CAPS designation. This may be taken as by itself, but all the classes will need to be taken to receive the designation. There is no time limit as to when all three classes need to be taken.
  • Because there is such a strong among today's home owners (and renters as well) to live in their home as long as possible - essentially indefinitely -  people are searching for and requiring solutions in design, products, and services to meet this need - regardless of anyone's current or perceived level of ability or function.
  • AIP service providers are answering this demand by focusing their businesses on creating new homes and renovating existing homes with design flexibility, pleasing aesthetics, high function and usability for all people, without regard to age, income or ability level, and regardless of life’s changes and challenges.
  • This course seeks to enable participants to identify common challenges within the home and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients who want to age in place successfully.
  • Participants will explore special considerations for estimating, scheduling and executing the job while the client is in residence; identify legal and contractual considerations for providing AIP design solutions; learn about the categories of design and general building codes and how they relate and apply to AIP clients.
  •  The course presents various methods, techniques, and considerations, as well as structured exercises, for modifying home design and creating effective solutions for a variety or users.
  • A personal reference book is included.
  • CE credits are provided for AIBD, AOTA, APTA, ASID, NKBA, AIA, and others.
CAPS III - Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place
  • THIS COURSE IS OFFERED BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2017 and will be the required third class (with CAPS I and CAPS II) for the CAPS designation - no exemptions or exceptions for anyone.
  • This is a one-day, 6-credit hour, standalone class that will combine with CAPS I and CAPS II to complete the requirements for the CAPS designation.
  • This class builds on the CAPS I and CAPS II courses (which are prerequisites for this course) by introducing design solutions and techniques for professionals whose clients require specialized design and equipment to live and thrive comfortably in their homes. 
  • This course also considers general visitability and universal design requirements that can serve those with special mobility or sensory needs.
  • Whole house product specification and installation techniques will be covered accompanied by practical, hands-on activities utilizing case studies.
  • Participants will be able to understand available innovative and specialized products,  explain best practices for design and installation of key components in AIP home design, consider the importance of budget and early product selection, identify common missteps for design and installation of AIP solutions, recommend the best solutions for common single-room modifications based on needs identified in case study, explore installation considerations for recommended modifications in a specified space, prioritize comprehensive solutions for a real-world whole house scenario, and evaluate design considerations and installation requirements for recommended modifications based on whole house layout, circulation patterns, budget, needs, and urgency. 
  • A personal reference book is included.
  • CE credits are provided for AIBD, AOTA, APTA, ASID, NKBA, AIA, and others.
  • Upon completion of all three CAPS courses, and notification that all of the paperwork has been processed (some 4 weeks after completion of the last course), participants may apply for their CAPS (Certified Aging In Place Specialist) designation through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
BMBP - Business Management For Building Professionals
  • This course is the required third class for the CAPS designation through October, 2017. After that, when offered on a limited basis, it will be available for Continuing Education credit.
  • This is a one-day, 6-credit hour, standalone class that currently combines with CAPS I and CAPS II to complete the requirements for the CAPS designation. There are certain professional designations that provide an exemption for this class so that completion of CAPS I and CAPS II may be all that is needed for the designation. This requirement will disappear at the end of October, 2017.
  • Many business owners - or those considering a new business venture - have job skills they learned by working for someone else. At some point, they decided they would be more successful, or be more in control and ultimately have more fun, by starting and running their own businesses.
  • While essential knowledge and experience are essential when starting a business, successfully staying in business and making a profit requires skills and tools that many business owners have never learned, acquired, or been taught.
  • This course explains critical elements and presents practical tips and tools for managing a business successfully.
  • Participants will be able to identify common business challenges and ways to overcome them, describe the three basic functional areas of a business and how they relate to each other, understand how and why to plan effectively for achieving business success, appreciate the organization and processes that a company needs to have in place to run efficiently, explore methods of assembling a team of employees or strategic partners (including locating, recruiting, interviewing, hiring or engaging, training, and retaining quality personnel), and look at various tools for evaluating performance and progress.
  • A personal reference book is included.
  • CE credits are provided for various disciplines - check to see if your licensing body accepts them.
UD/B - Universal Design/Build
  • This is a two-day, 12-credit hour, standalone class that complements but does not replace or suffice for the CAPS curriculum.
  • Universal Design/Build is a comprehensive approach to residential design and construction that serves all markets well - aging in place, visitability, adaptability, and people with no urgent or apparent medical needs.
  • Comfort, convenience, safety, and accessibility - regardless of age, stature or ability - are the hallmarks of inclusive design, otherwise known as universal or barrier-free design.
  • Interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, building materials designers and manufacturers, residential equipment suppliers, home builders, new home salespeople, real estate agents, remodelers, renovators, durable medical equipment suppliers, trade contractors, home decor and furnishings, and health care professionals, from OTs to case managers and physicians, will benefit from the creative design concepts and practices presented to develop market-driven projects that are highly functional, yet integrated and aesthetically appealing.
  • The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) courses (CAPS I, CAPS II, CAPS III and/or BMBP) are not a pre-requisite for taking the Universal Design/Build course, but CAPS graduates will find benefit by expanding into the broader spectrum of universal design that offers a much wider target audience and a broader range of solutions.
  • Participants will be able to understand the significance of integrating UD concepts into residential construction to accommodate the widest ranges of physical needs and abilities, distinguish between accessibility solutions and UD solutions, respect ways that design can be both functional and attractive, identify and implement solutions for simple and complex scenarios that address various household compositions, budgets and changing needs of clients, utilize effective marketing and communication strategies throughout the process, and locate new technology, resources, products, materials and services to advance the universal design strategy
  • Many real-world examples are explored and evaluated
  • A large personal reference book is included.
  • CE credits are provided for AIBD, AOTA, APTA, ASID, NKBA, AIA, and others.
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