Richard Acree is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). The CAPS certification teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place. Richard combines his CAPS certificate with his CEAC certification, ADAC certification, years of experience as a home and commercial building inspector, and his degree in engineering to offer a unique combination to people with mobility issues.
The disabled community and elderly have many choices for remodelers, builders, contractors and occupational therapists. The CAPS designation offers these people what they need most: reassurance that you’ll help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely.
In addition, the CAPS designation helps you make your clients’ homes more “visitable.” Even if the home owners don’t think they need additional task lighting, grab bars, and other home modifications for their own use, their family members and visitors might. CAPS helps you help your clients make the right choices, and it gives you more security in remodeling market niche that’s continuing to grow in popularity.
There is an increasing desire among today's home owners to live in one's home as long as possible which has created a strong demand for products and services serving this audience. To help home owners make their home a safe and comfortable living environment for the long term, many responsive and innovative products are emerging. Likewise, service providers are answering this 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. The goal 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, and individuals who are dealing with an abrupt or traumatic health-related change. By completing this course, participants will be able to: •Identify special considerations for estimating, scheduling and executing the job while the client is in residence. •Identify legal and contractual considerations for building professionals providing AIP design solutions for residential clients. •Describe the categories of design and how they relate and apply to the three AIP market segments. •Describe specific design concepts for the AIP client. The course presents various methods and techniques for modifying home design, from the perspective of new construction and retrofitting.
design solutions and techniques for professionals whose clients require specialized design and equipment to live and thrive comfortably in their homes. Whole house product specification and installation techniques will be covered accompanied by practical, hands-on activities. By completing this course, participants will be able to: •Describe the challenging nature of design for aging in place projects. •Identify available innovative and specialized products. •Explain best practices for design and installation of key components in AIP home design. •Describe the importance of budget and early product selection •Identify common missteps for design and installation of AIP solutions. •Recommend the best solutions for common single-room modifications based on needs identified in a provided client assessment and a room survey. •List installation considerations for recommended modifications in a specified space. •Prioritize the comprehensive solutions based on previous exercises when integrated into a real-world whole house scenario. •Evaluate design considerations and installation requirements for recommended modifications based on whole house layout and circulation patterns. •Prioritize individual projects relative to budget, needs and urgency.