Aging-In-Place Remodeler
As the Baby Boomer generation begins to reach retirement age they want to remain active and most importantly want to remain in their houses. This means they want their homes to age with them and not become a hindrance in their senior years.

As a result, this generation is turning to CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) to assist them with home remodeling design and construction.

A CAPS specialist is a person certified by the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) that has passed a course teaching technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry, namely, home modifications for aging-in-place.
retired couple in house
The baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) represent over one quarter of the total US population. This generation is significantly different than other generations in that their professional desires, general health, life span, and overall view of what retirement is, has a totally different mindset than its previous pre WWII generation. A lot of Baby Boomers especially, view retirement as a second career. They want to remain active and most importantly want to remain in their houses. This means that they want their homes to age with them and not become a hindrance in their senior years.

Aging-In-Place Design enables people to have their homes be pre-user friendly before they would be forced to remodel due to illness, handicap, or condition that would require them to leave their home and have to go into an assisted-living facility. By thinking ahead and implementing certain design/remodeling changes, one can extend the usefulness and enjoyment of living at home.

The last thing health-conscious baby boomers want are homes that suggest old age or anything remotely institutional. There are many design possibilities to seamlessly incorporate a universal design ensuring that people of all ages and ability levels can live comfortably and safely in their homes without sacrificing it's aesthetic value.

Some examples of Aging-In Place design elements include:
  • Sloping walkways, Ramps, or lifts
  • Wider hallways
  • Zero-threshold entries and interior doorways
  • Wider doorways with pocket doors or lever door handles
  • Eliminating sharp turning areas throughout the house to allow for free flow of a wheelchair or motorized vehicle
  • Hard-surface flooring or low-pile carpet
  • No-slip flooring
  • Wheel chair accessible shower
  • Grab bars at the toilet and in the shower or blocking for future grab bars
  • Raised-height toilets
  • Low step over baths
  • Low shower bases
  • Custom built or fold up shower seats
  • Hand-held shower heads
  • Lower counter tops with accessible cabinets
  • Lever handle faucet
  • Making a portion of the kitchen area usable from a wheelchair
  • Cabinet doors that retract to leave knee space for people in wheelchairs
  • Roll-out shelves
  • The use of drawers instead of cupboards where possible
  • Raised dishwasher
  • Lowered light switches and raised electrical outlets
  • Task lighting
  • Lowered windows or taller windows with low sills
There are many more examples we can discuss when we meet with you and determine your specific needs. The key here is that we want to promote the thinking about this now while you are not in need of these elements in your home. The person that plans ahead will benefit from this now rather than dealing with it in a crisis mode later. Think of it as a part of your retirement planning. You have probably already planned for your financial retirement; why not also plan now for your aging retirement?

At the Stan Better Family of Companies (Stan Better Construction, Stan Better Architects, SBC Restoration, and Creative Contracting) we are committed to servicing this baby boomer segment of the remodeling and construction market. We have a CAPS Certified Specialist and Architects that have been trained to understand the uniqueness of this specialty marketplace, and are ready to meet with you to discuss your specific needs. Call or email Stan Better Companies today for more information.
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