How To Design And Remodel A Home For All Ages

  Ninety percent is an astounding statistic in any capacity; just try and get ninety percent of people to agree on much of anything and you’ll be even more surprised by AARP’s independent living survey. 

  According to Elinor Ginzler, AARP’s nation expert on independent living and aging issues, nearly ninety percent of older Americans want to stay in their current homes as they age. It sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Simply staying put where you are. 

  But what happens when you or a loved one lose your mobility? Arthritis, osteoporosis, heart conditions, muscle cramps, diminished eye sight…all unfortunate but possible medical conditions that should be discussed not only with your doctor – but with your CONTRACTOR!

    Not just any contractor either, a certified aging in place specialist also known as CAPS. Surprisingly, despite the overwhelming number of people who wish to stay in their home as they age, relatively few are properly preparing for the future of their home and their lifestyle. 

  The CAPS designation is the only national training course that trains remodelers how to design and execute aging in place modifications. The old fashioned clinical look of flimsy white plastic shower seats and obtrusive aluminum grip bars is not at all how aging-in-place home modifications have to look. CAPS professionals are first and foremost design professionals; they know how to incorporate necessary elements seamlessly into an overall design. A visitor to a home designed this way would likely not even be able to identify the items put in place for the home’s aging residents.
            The process can be started simply by making some easy changes. See what you can do right now by visiting AK's Universal Design / CAPS page and reviewing the tips and checklist:

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