Statistics indicate that every day, about 10,000 seniors turn 65 years old across America. In general, people are just living longer today ever before. For those who have or will develop a disability or handicap, regardless of age, many critical decisions and life choices must be made as these conditions progress... with one of the most important decisions being made about their home. Seldom are peoples' homes designed for them to comfortably live and stay there throughout their lifetime. Consequently, renovations and modifications are typically necessary in critical areas throughout the home, both inside and outside. The key to creating a usable, comfortable living space out of any home relates to the concept of Universal Design, also called Lifespan Design.
By definition, Universal Design is simply the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for future adaptation or specialized design. There are Seven Principals for Universal Design to be considered:
- Equitable Use: The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
- Flexibility in Use: The design accommodates a wide range of preferences and abilities.
- Simple and Intuitive Use: Easy to understand design, regardless of skills or abilities.
- Perceptible Information: The design communicates necessary information effectively.
- Tolerance of Error: The design minimizes hazards and adverse results of accidents.
- Low Physical Effort: Design is efficient, comfortable, and minimizes fatigue.
- Size and Space for Approach and Use: Appropriate size and space are provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use, regardless of user's body size or mobility.
Ok, so now you may be wondering what does all or any of this have to do with CAPS, and oh yeah, what is it?? Well, quite simply, CAPS has everything to do with all of the above. CAPS stands for Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. CAPS is a protected designation awarded to qualified individuals through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This designation program teaches and reinforces the technical, business management, and customer service skills that are essential to for providing quality solutions for clients.
We, here at No Place Like Home Remodeling, strive to achieve excellence in all phases of the remodeling or home modification process for seniors and the handicapped in the Roanoke, Virginia and surrounding areas, to comfortably age-in-place. As CAPS professionals, we have the answers to your questions. Our training has taught us the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically-pleasing and barrier-free living environments. If you have been thinking about making your home more user-friendly and accessible, why wait? It's never too soon to plan for creating a more comfortable and worry-free home to suit your needs in the years to come. Don't delay; contact us today!