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Aging-In-Place is a relatively new term that basically describes adults, regardless of age, income and ability that wish to live independently in a comfortable and familiar environment as they grow older.
Aging-In-Place sounds pretty darn good to me. As a matter of fact, I think I consider myself to be aging in place right now because we’ve been living in the same home since 1988. We don’t like to move…
There is plenty to worry about in today’s society so it makes sense that human beings desire familiar surroundings. I’m sure you’ve heard many times before that people, in general, hate change. They just don’t deal with it well at all. Others thrive within an everchanging environment, but for the most part, the overwhelming majority of the population could do with less of it.
By the time you’ve reached the “September of your years” you’ve probably dealt with your share of change throughout your lifetime and you don’t want any part of it anymore that could possibly come your way.
There’s nothing new about remodeling your home. However, more and more homeowners are facing the fact that Mom and/or Dad are growing older and might need a place to stay in their senior-of-senior years or that some homeowners want to remodel their own home to better accommodate themselves in the coming years. People are living longer in the U.S. these days and they are also staying healthier longer. You and your parents have to worry about where they will be staying in the final years of their lives so it makes sense that many families are choosing to remodel their homes to accommodate them. You NEED to employ a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist to do the work for you.
I’d like to offer a little advice and some of THE BEST links for homeowners considering remodeling their homes to better suit seniors’ needs and wants for shelter in a familiar place.
- Begin here first by learning more about the remodeling process.
- Here are some basics about remodeling.
- You should know a few things about hiring a specialized remodeler.
- Don’t just go out and hire any Joe Shmoe that you got from a work truck door ad. You need a specialist that knows the ins and outs of remodeling for aging-in-place. You need to hire a CAPS…a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist.
- CAPS isn’t just a catch phrase, it’s earned through taking specialized courses.
- Now that you know what a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) is, here is a handy tool to find a CAPS in your area.
- CAPS FAQ
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I started as a home-stalker… visiting brand new homes under construction in the neighborhoods near my house. That inspired me to write about home building and home renovation projects — chronicling homes during different phases of construction from a consumer's point-of-view. Basically, the tips you'll find in my articles are a collection of checklists for what I think should (and should not) go into building or remodeling a quality home.