Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, is a highly regarded, much in demand, and widely recognized Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Master Instructor, Universal Design Master-Instructor, aging in place thought-leader, and world-class educator throughout North America and beyond. His students (in-person and especially online) have come from all 50 states, 10 of the provinces in Canada, and more than a dozen other nations around the world, on every continent except Antarctica.
Based in West Palm Beach, Florida as Steve Hoffacker LLC, he has taken more than 4 decades of experience and extensive knowledge of housing, residential design, new construction, remodeling, sales and marketing, aging in place strategies, and universal design concepts gained from working with home builders, contractors, related professionals, and consumers and folded it into his training programs.
No matter what you are doing to assist individuals as they choose to remain in their current homes, and regardless of their physical requirements or any health concerns they may have, Steve is prepared to help you address and improve their safety, comfort, convenience, and accessibility needs.
For Steve, aging in place is more than a phrase. He knows that it’s a way of life for the vast majority of the population who are choosing to remain in their present homes long-term and those of us who are choosing to serve them. We get to help them stay in their homes successfully with the knowledge and sensitivity that makes it happen.
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, your community in general, or the clients you currently serve or intend to attract, 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 and knowledge. This includes such occupations and professions as remodelers and renovators, general contractors, home builders, occupational therapists, physical therapists, interior designers, case managers, kitchen and bath designers, engineers, architects, durable medical equipment companies, mobility equipment specialists, assistive technology professionals, nurses, real estate sales professionals, attorneys, trade contractors, university faculty, non-profit and governmental agencies, consultants, and dozens more.
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 several hundred times in the past 15 years (including more than 40 times annually in recent years) – in addition to the Universal Design Essentials classes and others he has created.
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 (“SME”) for the 2017 CAPS I and the 2018 Universal Design Essentials course revisions.
In 2015, he was named “CAPS Educator of the Year” by the NAHB, in 2017, he became an NAHB Master Instructor (the first time it was offered), and in 2020, he was awarded the “NAHB Educator of the Year” in recognition of the quality reviews he receives and for offering more CAPS classes than any other instructor.