I am excited to report that I recently completed coursework to become CAPS certified by the National Association of Homebuilders. The courses include: Business Management, Marketing, Aging in Place and Accessibility.
I’ve been interested in this topic for a long time. A person’s living environment can make all the difference in terms of satisfaction, success and safety.
The decision as to whether to stay in one’s home, move to senior community, apartment or a continuing care retirement community is a very personal and individual one.
To be sure, moving to a community can help to combat loneliness and can help the individual have social, housekeeping and health services readily available. Decreased home and property upkeep effort, coordination and costs and can be very beneficial for some.
Some people would rather stay in their home with valued possessions, familiar faces and mixed generations nearby.
In one’s lifetime, both of these are possibilities depending on the circumstances. There are many resources in each community to help people make those decisions .
For people who are planning to stay in their home for the foreseeable future and would like to make their home comfortable and accessible, a CAPS certified professional can help them make their home safe, accessible and functional.
Sometimes a temporary illness or disability will open our eyes to the obstacles we have in our own living environment. Steps, narrow hallways, doorways, handles, bathtubs, lighting and kitchen spaces all of a sudden become problematic.
Even if a person moves to a smaller home or apartment, small modifications and accessibility equipment may be very helpful in making the new home safer and easier to function in.
Occupational Therapists, Interior Designers, and Building Contractors are all professionals who may seek and earn a CAPS certification .
Have a Happy and Safe New Year,