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Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist

Amherst, NH, January 23, 2007 - Jesse Jean of Beechwood Builders Incorporated, of Amherst, has been certified as a CAP (certified aging-in-place) Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders. The Caps program was developed by the AARP and NAHB to provide training for builders to design homes that are able to handle the needs of people as they get older.

CAPS is the only national program that teaches home builders and remodelers the unique home modification skills for those who wish to "age in place" or continue living safely, independently and comfortably in their homes regardless of age or ability level. CAPS education includes design ideas, technical solutions, and even sensitivity training. Graduates must also complete continuing education and community service requirements to maintain their status as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

"The idea of designing homes with these principals in mind offers a great alternative to a large majority of the aging population who would prefer to live in the familiar surroundings of their homes. Builders and Remodelers with the CAPS certification are one step ahead in the mind set to accommodate these needs."

Some simple aging-in-place features that builders and remodelers are incorporating into new and remodeled homes which are highlighted in the CAPS course include:

- At least one bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Having a full bath and a master bedroom on the main floor makes it less troublesome for those who have difficulty climbing stairs.

- Conveniently located and easy-to-use controls and handles. Replacing traditional knobs with lever handles allows for people with arthritis or carrying a sack of groceries to open doors more easily. Raised electrical outlets and electrical switches positioned slightly lower are easier for wheelchair users to operate and also limit bending.

- No-step entrances. Having at least one entry without steps creates effortless access for all, regardless of mobility.

- Wider doors and hallways can make a home more accessible to everyone.

- Larger bathrooms with safety features. A bigger bathroom makes maneuvering easier for people with walkers, crutches and wheelchairs or a caregiver. Grab bars can provide stability and prevent falls.

- Improved lighting. Failing eyesight is a greater concern as we age and proper lighting can help Baby Boomers adapt. Adjustable controls, or dimmers, can help prevent glare and ensure proper lighting. Meanwhile, multiple controls in different parts of a room can help limit the number of trips needed to turn lights on and off.

"Incorporating these simple ideas at the design phase of your home will ensure that your home will grow with you and or your family for years to come. The Baby Boomers have different needs and should incorporate them into their home and/or move back in with the ones they love; rather than move into a nursing home"

Consumers who are interested in renovating their homes are encouraged to hire building professionals with experience in the aging-in-place field. The NAHB RemodelorsT Council offers a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) professional designation, the only national program which teaches professionals how to modify a home for safety and accessibility while ensuring an aesthetically pleasing environment. For additional information on CAPS program, visit www.nahb.org.

To learn more about Beechwood Builders Inc and its services, call 603-625-9663, or visit www.beechwoodbldrs.com

 

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