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 helpfulquestions and answersabout 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 or building designer, real estate sales professional, health care professional, care manager, durable medical equipment specialist, equipment specialist, assistive technology professional, 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 environment 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.