Aging-In-Place is “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Of course, this is the preference of the vast majority of seniors. With more and more seniors Aging-In-Place, it is vital that their environment is modified to their physical needs so that it is both livable and safe. To meet that need, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has developed a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation for those trained to modify the homes of those who are elderly or disabled. This certification can extend to levels I, II, & III in terms of the extent of the training.
Elderproofing, making homes safe for the elderly, is a very individual thing. Modifications may be as simple as a handlebar in the shower to something as complex as a bathroom remodel. A CAPS expert may recommend a simple ramp for steps or an electric stairlift. The fixes are totally dependent on each individual’s ability and home situation.
At David York Agency, we are fortunate to have a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist on staff. Martin Kamiel, CAPS III credentialed, will go to the client’s home along with our Registered Nurse to do an assessment. He not only produces a written report with recommendations, but he also attaches sources for purchases the products and recommendations for contractors to do the work. He can also manage any project you need him too.
The fees vary according to the level of service you require. Home Assessments start at $125 which includes both the assessment report and resources list. Management fees are determined on an individual basis based on the client’s specific need.