How Long do you Plan to Live in Your Home?

If you are like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in your same home and community throughout your maturing years. According to AARP, older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to stay close to family and friends in an environment to which they’ve grown accustomed over many years.

Aging-in-place means being able to remain in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age, income or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years and the ability to enjoy the daily rituals and the special events that
enrich all our lives. It means being able to call your house a “home” for a lifetime.

What is Aging-In-Place?

How to Modify Your Home in Order to Age-In-Place

To age in place, you will probably need to make alterations to your home to improve safety, access and maneuverability. These modifications could include installing bath/shower grab bars, adjusting counter-top heights, increasing lighting, adding an elevator or creating multi-functional first floor master suites.

Thing to Consider

• Do I want to add a bathroom and possibly
a bedroom to the main level?
• Are my entryways barrier-free and at least 32-inches-wide?
• How can I make my kitchen more functional?
• Am I worried about preventing falls?
• Will other members of my family benefit
from modifications?

Why Hire a Certified Aging-in-Place
Specialist (CAPS)?

The CAPS Designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in partnership with American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and is administered by NAHB. Professionals who have earned the CAPS designation are experts in designing and building aesthetically-enriching, barrier-free living environments.  They have been trained in the unique needs of the older adult population and apply strategies and techniques to provide comprehensive and practical home modification solutions. CAPS graduates also pledge to uphold a professional code of ethics and are required to take continuing education to maintain their designation. While most CAPS professionals are remodelers, an increasing number are general contractors, designers, architects and health care consultants. When you hire a CAPS, you are buying a service rather than a product. If the CAPS you hire is not also a professional remodeler, you will eventually need to hire a remodeler to make the modifications to your home.

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Bathroom Remodel

Lets face it, the bathroom is a place where a lot happens! It is also where most accidents and injuries occur. Creating a bathroom that is accessible and functional can help decrease your risk for falls. Our goal is to incorporate features and recommend products that are functional and take the following factors into account: safety, luxury and function, low maintenance, multiple users, privacy and dignity, budget, features, maneuverability, and critical use areas.

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Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is the beating heart of a home. It can also be a challenging workplace, with risk for burns and falls. As we age, sight, hearing, balance, strength, and our ability to get around are all affected. Aging-In-Place design elements and strategies create useful, convenient, and functional layouts. It also takes into account a clients' current and future needs. At Aging at Home Safely, our goal is to create spaces that are safe, functional, and beautiful. A kitchen design should facilitate the following functions: storage, preparation, cooking, serving, and cleaning.

Kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most commonly renovated rooms in a house. The implementation of universal design with aging-in-place strategies help create spaces that are functional, safe, and beautiful. Most importantly, they can be used by people of different ages and abilities. That's why it makes financial sense to invest in  your home. We believe your home should work for you! 


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