Last time I addressed what the initials CGR stand for when I was asked what the initials CGR and CAPS behind my name signifies. This week I am going to share the meaning of the second set of initials, CAPS.
CAPS stands for Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. First of all I am going to explain the meaning of Aging- in-Place. Aging-in-place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a “home” for a lifetime.
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist has been trained in:
- The unique needs of the older adult population
- Aging-in-Place home modifications
- Common remodeling projects
- Solutions to common barriers
The program was developed to address the growing number of consumers that will soon require these modifications. CAPS professionals have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments. CAPS graduates are required to maintain their designations by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service. In September of 2003 I earned my CAPS certification and continue to be a member of this program.
If you are considering modifying your home, here are some helpful questions the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Professional Remodelers organization suggests to ask yourself:
- Do I want to add a bathroom and possibly a bedroom to the main level?
- How can I make my kitchen more functional?
- Am I worried about preventing falls?
- How much money can I budget for this project?
- Will I need to get a home equity loan?
- Will other members of my family benefit from modifications?
- Will remodeling increase the energy efficiency of my home?