CAPS Classes & Schedule

Steve Hoffacker's Aging In Place ("CAPS") Training Classes & Schedule


The "Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS)" designation is a joint program of the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) and AARP, which you can attain after completion of the three-day program of required courses. You do not need to be a member of either organization to complete the program. Here are some other helpful questions and answers about the CAPS program.

As a remodeler or general contractor, a trades sub-contractor (carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer, flooring or lighting contractor, drywall contractor, cement finisher, or so many others), occupational or physical therapist (or assistant), interior designer, kitchen and bath designer, architect, real estate sales professional, health care professional, care manager, durable medical equipment specialist, equipment specialist, paramedic, home health provider, attorney, insurance agent or adjuster, or so many other professions working with people to help them remain in their homes and to keep their living environement safe and comfortable, this training is for you!
 
2016 was a fantastic year for CAPS classes presented by Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, adding to the momentum created in 2015 when Steve was named the NAHB "CAPS Educator of the Year." We finished 2016 with 25 three-day CAPS classes conducted and 12 Universal design/Build courses - in West Palm Beach, Florida and other cities in the midwest and northeast. In 2017, the schedule has even more dates, and Steve became a Master Instructor in January, 2017. In 2018, even more cities are being added.

Steve consistently receives very positive reviews from attendees and is one of the highest rated instructors nationwide. These are also available on video.

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 the stress and emotion 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 about a refresher class - CAPS I, II, and III are new for 2017!
The chief objective in helping people remain living where they are is safety. This comes in many forms - from eliminating tripping hazards, preventing falls in general, appealing to vision issues, creating open passageways, having wide accessible doorways, and locating within 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.

To obtain your CAPS designation, you must complete all three (3) classes - unless you have a qualifying professional designation that exempts you from the third class. As a convenience to you, Steve offers all three classes in the same location on consecutive days - whether in West Palm Beach, Florida or other cities. Beginning in November, 2017, CAPS I, CAPS II, and CAPS III will be required for the designation with no exemptions or exceptions.
In addition to the current schedule of course, if you would like to host or have the CAPS classes or the Universal Design/Build course in your area - either just for your company and your employees and strategic partners or for your marketplace in general, please contact Steve for details on how to make this happen.

All classes (unless otherwise noted) are 9:00-5:00 and are taught by Master Instructor Steve Hoffacker in the central West Palm Beach, Florida area at Schwarzmann European Kitchens. Other venues for 2017 include IBS (Hyatt Regency Hotel) in Orlando; Home Instead Senior Care in Pittsfield, MA; Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation in Chattanooga, TN; Bath Savings Institution in Bath, ME; Columbia College of Chicago in Chicago, IL; Home Builders Association of Stark County in North Canton, OH; Mosby Building Arts in St. Louis, MO; Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield in Springfield, MO, Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association in Wilmington, NC, The Pines Country Club (North Central West Virginia Home Builders Association), and other areas to be named. Find these locations on a convenient map.

Steve's policy is that as long as one person is registered and confirmed for a class, it will be held. Rest assured that if you want to take a class - even if you are the only one in attendance - it will be held as scheduled. This way, you can make your travel and scheduling arrangements with confidence.

Check out these resources if you need lodging information or want to know about local activities when visiting West Palm Beach.
Certified Aging In Place Specialist ("CAPS") Classes By Steve Hoffacker
Use your credit card to register for one, two, or all of the "CAPS" Classes
October

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Monday, October 23, 2017
Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, One Siskin Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37403
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Tuesday, October 24, 2017 
Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, One Siskin Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37403
BMBP (3rd CAPS class - "Business Management for Building Professionals"), Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, One Siskin Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37403

November

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Thursday, November 2, 2017
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Friday, November 3, 2017
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
BMBP (Optional 4th CAPS class - "Business Management for Building Professionals"), Saturday, November 4, 2017
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Monday, November 6, 2017
The Pines Country Club, 3062 Point Marion Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Pines Country Club, 3062 Point Marion Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Pines Country Club, 3062 Point Marion Road, Morgantown, WV 26505

December

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Wednesday, December 6, 2017 
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Thursday, December 7, 2017
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Friday, December 8, 2017
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
BMBP (Optional 4th class - "Business Management for Building Professionals"), Saturday, November 9, 2017
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411

2018 Calendar of Classes - More Dates Coming Soon!

January

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Thursday, January 4, 2018
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Friday, January 5, 2018
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Monday, January 22, 2018
Northwest Arkansas Builders Association, 2022 Long Avenue #C, Springdale, AR 72764
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Thursday, January 4, 2018 
Northwest Arkansas Builders Association, 2022 Long Avenue #C, Springdale, AR 72764
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Friday, January 5, 2018
Northwest Arkansas Builders Association, 2022 Long Avenue #C, Springdale, AR 72764
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CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Monday, January 29, 2018
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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February

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Mosby Building Arts, 645 Leffingwell Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Thursday, March 1, 2018
Mosby Building Arts, 645 Leffingwell Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Friday, March 2, 2018
Mosby Building Arts, 645 Leffingwell Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122
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March

April

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, 636 W Republic Road # D-108, Springfield MO 65807
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Thursday, January 4, 2018
Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, 636 W Republic Road # D-108, Springfield MO 65807
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Friday, January 5, 2018
Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, 636 W Republic Road # D-108, Springfield MO 65807
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May

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Monday, May 21, 2018
Building Industry Association of Stark County, 4344 Metro Circle NW, North Canton, OH 44720
CAPS II(2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Building Industry Association of Stark County, 4344 Metro Circle NW, North Canton OH 44720
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Building Industry Association of Stark County, 4344 Metro Circle NW, North Canton OH 44720
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June

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September

October

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Monday, May 21, 2018
Building Industry Association of Stark County, 4344 Metro Circle NW, North Canton, OH 44720
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Building Industry Association of Stark County, 4344 Metro Circle NW, North Canton OH 44720
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Building Industry Association of Stark County, 4344 Metro Circle NW, North Canton OH 44720
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November

December

CAPS I (1st CAPS class - "Marketing & Communicating With The Aging In Place Client"), Monday, May 21, 2018
Home Builders Association of Dothan & Wiregrass Area, 2123 Denton Rd # 1, Dothan, AL 36303
CAPS II (2nd CAPS class - "Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place"), Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Home Builders Association of Dothan & Wiregrass Area, 2123 Denton Rd # 1, Dothan, AL 36303
CAPS III (3rd CAPS class - "Details & Solutions For Livable Homes & Aging In Place"), Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Home Builders Association of Dothan & Wiregrass Area, 2123 Denton Rd # 1, Dothan, AL 36303
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Other noteworthy dates and observances for Aging-In-Place professionals

January - "National Bath Safety Month" | "National Glaucoma Awareness Month"

February - "AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month"

March - "International Listening Month" | "World Plumbing Day" (March 11) | "Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month" | "Brain Injury Awareness Month" | "National Developmental Disabilities Month" | "Save Your Vision Month" | "National Nutrition Month" | "American Diabetes Alert Day" (March 24, 2017)

April - "National Occupational Therapy Month" | "National New Homes Month" | "National Autism Awareness Month"

May - "National Remodeling Month" | "National Mobility Awareness Month" | "National Older Americans Month" | "Building Safety Month Week One: 'Building Solutions for All Ages'" | "Better Hearing & Speech Month" | "National Nurses Week" (May 6-12, 2017) | "National Stroke Awareness Month" | "ALS Awareness Month," "Arthritis Awareness Month" | "Healthy Vision Month" | "National Senior Health & Fitness Day" (May 25, 2017) | "National MS Awareness Day"( May 25, 2017) | "National Critical Care Awareness & Recognition Month"

June - "National Home Safety Month" | "National Men's Health Month" | "National Home Ownership Month" | "National Nursing Assistants Week" (June 9-16)

July - "UV Safety Month"

August - "National Cataract Awareness Month" | "National Children's Eye & Safety Month" | "National Senior Citizen Day" (August 21)

September - "Falls Prevention Month" | "Falls Prevention Awareness Day" (September 22, 2017) | "Massachusetts Universal Design & Assistive Technology Month" | "National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month" | "National Women's Health Month" | "Healthy Aging Month" | "National Assisted Living Week" (September 11-17)

October - "National Physical Therapy Month" | "Disabled Awareness Month" | "National Kitchen & Bath Month" | "National Aging in Place Week" (National Aging In Place Council, October 10-16) | "Emergency Nurses Week" (October 8-14, 2017) | "National Gerontological Nursing Week" (October 2-8) | "Pediatric Nurses Week" (October 3-7)

November - "American Diabetes Month" | "COPD Awareness Month" | "National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month" | "National Family Caregivers Month" | "National Home Care & Hospice Month"

December - "International Day of Persons with Disabilities" (December 3rd annually) | "Good Riddance Day" (December 28th annually)
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