What Modifications Does Your Home Need so You Can Age-In-Place?
An AARP survey of adults shows that 3 out of 4 adults age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. Yet many (59%) don’t see "aging in place" happening for them. For those who can't stay in their homes, they will have to arrange other means for housing whether it's living with a family member or loved one, assisted living, or retirement home.
Often, the homeowner cannot stay because their current home isn't accessible and needs modifications. Sadly, the vast majority of homes in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, Clemmons, Lewisville, and truthfully the entire state of North Carolina are not built for handicap/wheelchair accessibility. Which simply means, a mobility scooter or wheelchair cannot get inside the door...any door.
So, you're wondering what modifications do you need to make to your home to live there longer. You may need wider doorways, wheelchair accessible cooktops, or varying counter heights in your kitchen to name a few.
Accessibility begins before you get to the door. If you're coming home from rehab or after a change in medicalnecessity, your home may need a set of aluminum ramps, a stair lift or a vertical platform lift to enable you to get in.
Once you get inside, you must be able to bathe, eat and toilet. You may need a walk-in tub, shower aids, toilet lift, or grab pole/bars.
Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS)
The NAHB Remodelers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB 50+ Housing Council, and AARP developed the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) program to address the growing number of home owners that require modifications to live in their homes longer.
What Is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist?
A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) is someone who understands the needs of an aging-in-place home remodel as well as the technology, tools and resources that are available for seniors to age in place.
Individuals with the CAPS designation have received special training to understand the needs of the aging population. They are knowledgeable about common remodeling projects for aging in place including costs, codes and standards, product ideas and resources.
The following are examples of home modifications that a senior may need: increased lighting, lift chairs, accessible switches at both ends of the stairs, additional railings, grab bars/poles, ramps, nonskid flooring, a hand-held, flexible shower head, walk-in bathtubs, toilet lifts, and the removal of throw rugs and clutter.
Home modifications are usually simple and cost-effective, while also offering massive benefits to the homeowner.
Access, Mobility, Repair & Rental
Our company, Access-Mobility-Repair & Rental, provides auto or home accessibility as well as mobility solutions to help you stay as independent as possible. A visit to our website could prove invaluable to understanding what type of other products are available to make your home more conducive to aging-in-place, if you are a senior, or more accessible, if you are disabled. We cover Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, Clemmons, Lewisville as well as most of North Carolina.
If you're considering remodeling your home for accessibility, call us about your need. We'd be happy to talk with you. We sell, install and repair ramps, lifts, and scooters, as well as many other products to help make your home more accessible. We can also help with bathroom and toileting needs. We offer unique movable grab poles, shower aids and toilet lifts.
As Certified Aging in Place Specialists, we also offer comprehensive, in-home evaluations for a fee. Our in-home assessment takes several hours. And within three days, you'll have a small novel with our recommendations.
Let us help you remain as independent as long as you can! We are Veteran owned and proud to have served and to be serving the senior and disabled communities. We can be reached at 336.608.8810.
Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
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Access, Mobility, Repair & Rental Company
Greensboro, NC 27406
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