Aging in place (#agingingplace) is the ability to live in one’s own home safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age or ability. Most would rather remain in their own home, whether they may become disabled due to a car accident, or perhaps become less-abled due to problems that sometimes come with aging, such as poor eyesight, inability to reach those upper cabinets, or limited mobility.
The good news is that manufacturers have recognized the need and are producing wonderful products that make a home much safer without causing it to look institutional. Designer grab bars, tiled roll-in showers and faucets with blade handles or touch-less are just some of the options available now.
Some homeowners are becoming pro-active and during a bath renovation are including some of the options for accessibility.
When researching for your next bath remodel, you might want to consider asking your potential contractor if he or she is CAPS certified (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist), so they could help with suggestions to make the new bathroom more user friendly for a person with limited mobility.
DyLon McClary, the president of Rose Construction Inc is a certified aging in place specialist. Give us a call the next time you are considering a bath remodel, and we would be happy to assist you with ideas for including greater accessibility in your new bathroom.
A lot of planning should be done before the remodel begins, and if this is done well, your project will go smoothly.
The first phase should be carried out by the homeowner; researching contractors and checking references. Go to your local NAHB website (www.nahb.org) and the BIAW (www.biaw.com), as well as the Labor and Industry website to check that a contractor’s licenses and insurance are up to date. Call references; this will give you a good picture of their quality of work and how easy they are to work with.
Depending on the extent of your remodel project, several licensed professionals will be required. A general contractor will vet the specialists, hire, and schedule them. Bathroom and kitchen remodels may require these specialists:
- Tile setters
- Cabinet makers
That said, the obvious thing is, when the bathroom is being torn about and put back together, you won’t be able to use it. Hopefully you have another one in the house?
Don’t forget to consider “Universal Design”, also called “Aging in Place” features to include in your remodel. You or your visitors may find the features handy, and they can increase the resale value of your home, as it will be accessible to more potential buyers when that day comes.
So, how will the project affect you? It can be stressful, but the rewards will be worth it!
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DyLon McClary of Rose Construction, Inc. recently became one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as one of the building industry’s top professionals with skills and knowledge specific to home modifications for aging-in-place.
DyLon McClary, Project Manager
The Remodelers™ Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB Seniors Housing Council and the AARP created the CAPS program. The CAPS designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry—home modifications for the aging-in-place.
CAPS was developed to help home remodeling professionals meet the needs of the 77 million Baby Boomers that will reach retirement age in the first years of the 21st century. The CAPS designation identifies remodelers that have been trained to help retirees and older adults remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of income or ability level, and continue to live in a familiar environment throughout their maturing years.
In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates a variety of information tailored to aging-in-place home modifications, including: background on the older adult population; communication techniques; common aging-in-place remodeling projects; marketing to the aging-in-place market; common barriers and solutions; codes and standards; product ideas and resources; and business management.
CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects. CAPS classes are offered through local and state home building associations and at national trade shows including NAHB’s International Builder’s Show and the Remodelers’ Show.