Universal design is the design of products, services and environments that are accessible by all people - regardless of age, ability or situation - to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. It becomes a virtually invissible element of a home when done well. It is also used to help people age in place.
What is CAPS?
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry—home modifications for aging in place. NAHB Remodelers—in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center and NAHB 50+ Housing Council— developed this program to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging in place.
What is aging in place?
Aging in place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a “home” for a lifetime.
As a CAPS designer, it is our objective to make a home as safe and comfortable as possible so that you can live independently as long as you can in your own home.
It is much more than grab bars in the shower or a ramp at the front door. There are so many things that can be done to make everyone’s life better. Please give us a call so that we can make your life at home as fulfilling as possible.