If you are a professional, a consumer, a caregiver, or someone else interested in helping people remain safely and comfortably in their homes as they age (all of us are aging) or face various physical conditions that limit or restrict their activity - whether in your own family, your neighbors, other people that you know, or your community in general, you should connect with Steve and take his classes on aging in place
and universal design
or consult with him to learn about his strategies. This includes such occupations and professions as remodelers and renovators, general contractors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, engineers, architects, durable medical equipment companies, equipment specialists, nurses, real estate sales professionals, attorneys, trade contractors, university faculty, non-profit and governmental agencies, consultants, and dozens more.
Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, as Steve Hoffacker LLC, but offering his teaching and instructional services across America the past two years (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia). in 2018, in addition to returning to most of the areas visited previously, Steve is adding classes in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, New York, and Wisconsin.
He uses his extensive sales and marketing experience in new home sales and his background in remodeling and aging in place to impart effective, down-to-earth, real-world solutions and illustrations to his students. He has already encountered much of what any aging-in-place professional might face. He's been there and done that.
Steve has provided the 3-day CAPS program well over 100 times
in the past 10 years (including more than 20 sessions annually the past 2 years) - in addition to the Universal Design/Build classes and others.
Steve has appeared as a guest presenter and content provider on aging in place topics for continuing education and professional development courses and workshops, such as through the Florida Contractor Industry Licensing Board (CILB) and the University of Florida County Extension Service (IFAS). He is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and served as a Subject Matter Expert for the 2017 CAPS I course revision.
In 2015, he was named "CAPS Educator of the Year" by the NAHB. In 2017, he became a Master Instructor. He holds the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation through the National Association of Home Builders, the Certified Environmental Access Consultant (CEAC) certification through the Accessible Home Improvement of America, and the Senior Home Safety Specialist (SHSS) designation through Age Safe America, among others. He also is a Business Team Advisory member with Age Safe America
Here are the top three reasons
you should select to work with Steve as your aging in place, CAPS, or universal design instructor or consultant:
- He never cancels any of his classes - regardless of where they are held - as long as one person has registered and has paid to attend
- He is the only instructor who charges the same amount for his classes no matter where they are held - your location or his - and he does not vary the rate for individual classes
- He is the most experienced CAPS instructor in North America, having offered more classes than anyone else
Here are a dozen more reasons
to work with Steve:
- He was named "CAPS Educator of the Year. 2015" and NAHB Master Instructor in 2017
- He is an inaugural member of the Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH)
- He is a Charter Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
- He has personal, extensive remodeling and handyman experience on his own properties and those for which has done volunteer work - he understands construction
- He is an Associate Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and understands how OTs and other health care professionals relate to delivering aging in place solutions
- Though not part of either industry, he has a very strong working knowledge of durable medical equipment and assistive technology
- He has extensive residential design experience, having consulted with homebuilders for over 30 years
- He is an Education Member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and a member and Approved Continuing Education course provider for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)
- He is a prolific writer, having written many books on aging in place, universal design, and sales, as well as authoring a blog daily on aging in place topics - "Aging In Place Insider"
- He founded and manages the "Aging & Accessibility" Facebook Group
and the "Aging & Accessibility" LinkedIn Group
- He has a Masters degree in Sociology to give him an additional understanding of social relationships, housing, demography, aging, and aging in place issues
- He belongs to several aging organizations such as Age Safe America, National Aging In Place Council, Accessible Home Improvement of America, and the National Council On Independent Living