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CAPS Courses

Course Title: Design Concepts For Livable Homes And Aging In Place


This course is required to earn the CAPS designation.

For those looking to earn their CAPS designation, this one-day 6 credit hour class is the perfect combination of previous courses. The curriculum blends together existing training from both CAPS II and CAPS III- providing all that’s needed to proudly join the ranks as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist!



The increasing desire among today’s home owners to live in one’s home as long as possible has created a strong demand for aging in place (AIP) products and services. To help home owners make their home a safe and comfortable living environment, many responsive and innovative products are emerging. Likewise, service providers are answering the AIP demand by focusing their businesses on creating new homes and renovations that provide design flexibility, pleasing aesthetics, high function and usability for all people, without regard to age, income or ability level, and regardless of life’s changes and challenges.

To be a successful AIP provider, you must focus your design/build expertise and adapt your business process to execute these projects. Scoping and estimating these jobs should address several important considerations. Special care must be applied to scheduling the work. Legal issues require special planning and risk mitigation. New design concepts must drive proposed solutions. This course prepares you to take on the AIP market intentionally, by calibrating your business to address the unique challenges of providing successful solutions.

Purpose Of This Course

Is to enable participants to identify common challenges within the home and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients who want to age in place as well as identify with one or more of these groups.

  • Individuals who are not experiencing health issues related to aging
  • Individuals who have a progressive or other condition that requires home modifications or equipment
  • individuals who are dealing with an abrupt or traumatic health-related change

The course presents various methods and techniques for modifying home design from the perspective of new construction and retrofitting.


This course is intended for builders, remodelers, vendors manufacturers architects, designers (building and interior), trade contractors, real estate professionals, health industry professionals, and the academic community.

This course is required for CAPS designation.

This course is approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc, for 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Continuing Education Systems (CES) for 6 AIA/CES Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) Learning Units (LU’s) through the NAHB.

Course Objectives

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify special considerations for estimating, scheduling and executing livable home and AIP jobs while the client is in residence.
  • Identify legal and contractual considerations for building professionals providing livable home and AIP design solutions for residential clients.
  • Describe the categories of design and how they relate and apply to the 3 AIP market segments.
  • Describe specific design concepts for the livable home and AIP client.

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