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Home Designs for Life

Welcome to Home Designs for Life

Your Pathway to CAPS certification
& Universal Design Mastery

Welcome to Home Designs for Life, an approved provider for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). We’re dedicated to helping individuals age comfortably and safely in their own homes.

As a Certified Aging In Place Specialist and experienced Occupational Therapist, I offer practical solutions and education on aging in place and universal design.

Our platform provides online courses, with actionable information, tailored for professionals, ensuring homes are designed to meet the evolving needs of their residents.

Dive into our courses, connect with industry experts, and gain the skills needed to make homes more accessible and inclusive.

Start your journey towards CAPS certification and Universal Design expertise with us. Together, we can make homes safer and more accommodating for everyone.

Why Are We Different…

Our courses go beyond just theory. Learn the practical aspects of home design that truly make a difference. Students will master the art of creating homes that are:

  • Visitable, welcoming everyone regardless of their physical abilities.
  • Livable, ensuring comfort and ease for all residents.
  • Adaptable, with designs that can evolve based on changing needs.
  • Universal, incorporating design principles that benefit everyone, regardless of age or ability.
  • And Accessible, removing barriers and making every space within the home easily navigable.

Why Choose Our Courses?

  1. Virtual Learning: No need to travel or adjust your routine. Our courses are held entirely online, ensuring you can learn from the comfort of your home or office.
  2. Enjoy a $100 discount: when you register for all 3 CAPS courses at once.
  3. Flexible Scheduling for Students: We understand the busy schedules of professionals. That’s why we offer multiple class dates every month, allowing you to pick a day that best fits your calendar.
  4. Diverse Peer Learning: Engage and network with a diverse group of professionals in the aging in place market. From realtors and interior designers to general contractors and healthcare professionals, our courses offer a rich tapestry of insights and experiences.
  5. Real World Examples: All material is supported by my personal and professional experiences as an Occupational therapist and  accessibility and universal design specialist. 
  6. Join our LinkedIn Group: Aging In Place Professionals Network and become connected with AIP professionals across many industries.


“Empowering professionals with comprehensive virtual education in aging in place and universal design, fostering a community of diverse experts committed to creating accessible and inclusive spaces for all. Through flexible learning and collaborative experiences, we envision a world where every home supports people as their abilities change over time.”

Embark on a journey of knowledge, networking, and professional growth. Enroll today and take a step closer to becoming a certified expert in aging in place and universal design.

Want to Learn More About How The Aging Population Is Growing? Read the U.S. Census Bureau: The Older Population: 2020

What Are People Saying…

I design custom renovation living spaces for people with limited abilities and have been a custom Aging in Place home builder for the last 22 years. Home Designs for Life has assisted several of my clients by evaluating their homes along with their abilities to help create a more independent living space for them. As a custom builder I require attention to detail and being able to communicate the mobility & functionality of my clients equipment and there individual needs and requirements for independent living. Understanding this language and being able to translate it into construction terms and create a design that will work for my clients now and in the future is something I can only do with people who also speak the same language. Janet Engle understands this language very well. She is a fantastic communicator and understands how to interpret and merge these aspects of the industry to create amazing spaces for people to live independently for the rest of their lives. She has excellent bedside manner, and a very kind and thoughtful personality. Fantastic service, amazing results, and a service unlike any other O.T. & home renovation specialist. Hire her today! You will not regret this choice; she will tell you about the best way on how to make your home comfortable to suit you and fit your every individual needs.

Travis Camerio, Builder/Developer

Overall, the CAPS program was a great resource for professionals in the field. The content was highly relevant and the information provided was both useful and up to date. Janet’s teaching style made the class engaging and the learning experience enjoyable. Janet is not only highly educated and experienced on the subject matter but is also an excellent teacher who makes complex concepts easy to understand. She also values every students input and encourages participation, giving us an opportunity to all learn from each other.

Rachel Moeller, Commercial Designer for The Sherwin-WIlliams Company

Janet Engel is not only a wonderful educator for Certified Aging in Place Specialists, but Janet is also a very knowledgeable clinician, and a tenacious entrepreneur with an amazing passion to assist others with reaching their goals as a CAPS! Also, she is not only extremely knowledgeable about the CAPS content and concepts, but she’s also very knowledgeable about entrepreneurship as it relates to becoming a CAPS! It’s so helpful to have someone who is well rounded and willing to help others with the full process. Janet is definitely that person! I am so grateful and proud to have been a student of Janet’s! I would surely recommend anyone who wants to become a Certified Aging in Place Specialist to be a student of Janet Engel of Home Designs For Life!

Mrs. Amanda Wilcox-Williams, COTA, CAPS

As a recent graduate, I found Janet to be a professional, articulate, and personable instructor of the CAPS I, II, and III courses. Her deep knowledge and experience brought the curriculum to life as she could expand on the basics and provide real-world examples of various scenarios. As an instructor, Janet was engaging and made sure each student felt like they were part of the discussions, and that everyone’s questions were answered. I would highly recommend Janet as a teacher and look forward to taking more classes from her. 

Kris Taite, Ecologist

Janet is an excellent instructor. She is very knowledgeable and presented the material in a calm and organized manner. I enjoyed learning many designs that benefit baby boomers who want to remain in their homes. As a PT, this course offered me guidance on how to perform home modification assessments specific to the patients needs.

Sonia Correa, PT

Listen To My Podcast:

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