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What is CAPS and why does the certification matter?

April 15, 2020

CAPS Professional - Independent Living

BY BILL ESSERT

According to the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), a Certified Aging in Place or CAPS, certification means that the specialist “understands the unique needs of the older adult population and is knowledgeable about, aging-in-place home modifications, common remodeling projects and solutions to common barriers.” 


In other words, not everyone is up-to-date on the latest policies and procedures surrounding aging in place. CAPS specialists are trained to do just that, and to implement whatever is needed on a per-customer basis.


Another important consideration for independent living modifications is reliability and experience. With many different contracting options out there, hiring a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), can save money and logistical headaches when working to make your home more accessible. 


Are CAPS specialists Health Care Professionals?


CAPS professionals are not health care professionals. However, they do have parallel expertise in remodeling and design-building for aging in place. Certified by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), CAPS specialists are part of a larger network of experts including PT’s, OT’s, RN’s, social workers, and suppliers who can all contribute to implementing a suitable aging in place plan. 


How do I learn more?


Aging in place can require significant research to find the right solution for your needs. While visiting the AARP and NAHB websites can help, you are welcome to call Bill at Bay Grab Bar to give you more information on the process and things to consider in your search. 


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