Why choose a CAPS?

There are many good reasons why older adults prefer to remain in their own homes and communities. Proximity to family and friends, the comfort of familiar surroundings, privacy — all of these are important. A widowed senior may feel closer to his lost loved one by staying in the house they shared for several decades. While places like residential care homes and sheltered independent living communities are essential facilities to have available, an elder senior may become isolated if separated from neighbors, friends and other social amenities. The upheaval of learning new routines and finding new hairdressers, grocery stores, local shops, restaurants, etc., is daunting enough for most of us. To a slightly confused older individual, perhaps with a diminishing memory, this can be an absolute nightmare. Transferring medical care is not only distressing, it can be positively risky if the transfer of medical records does not proceed smoothly. Having to attend a different medical center, with the difficulties of having to get to know new health care professionals, can be a barrier to seeking help when it is really needed.

A CAPS professional can help you make your home “aging-ready.” Working with a certified aging in place specialist gives you the assurance that you are dealing with someone who has had training in crafting solutions that meet the independent housing needs of older adults. CAPS professionals utilize universal design principles to create a safer, more comfortable and more independent life in their own home, both now and in the future.

What is a CAPS? When Should I Contact a CAPS?

If you or your parents are nearing retirement age, now is a good time to plan for aging in place, before expensive modifications to the home are immediately necessary. This gives you and your family time to determine what changes are necessary without urgent pressures. It also gives you plenty of flexibility to make sure the necessary financial resources are in place.

How Can I Find a CAPS?

Finding a CAPS is easy. Just visit the NAHB website here, and complete the simple online form.

What Types of Home Alterations Can Help with Aging in Place?

Minimizing the risk of falls, making the home safe for someone with increasingly impaired vision and ease of basic maintenance are some of the main considerations when planning aging-in-place home alterations.

Home remodeling for aging in place can range from simple changes, like installing grab bars for tubs and toilets in bathrooms, placing sturdy handrails on both sides of stairways, replacing door knobs with lever door handles and applying nonslip tape on outdoor and indoor steps that are not carpeted, are quick and inexpensive to implement. Other simple changes include placing microwave ovens and other small appliances on countertops, fastening down rugs or runners and replacing standard light switches with toggle or rocker-type switches.

More extensive modifications are things like increasing the width of hallways and doorways where necessary (and possible), installing additional and/or better lighting, putting a more accessible vanity in the bathroom, replacing the dishwasher with one that is elevated or has drawers, and replacing cook tops with induction cook tops to reduce the chances of burns.

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