Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS)
Casey S. Butaud is one of the select group of professional builders who have earned the CAPS designation. There are 106 in Texas and only 1,110 in the United States.
What is CAPS?
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) program 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. The National Association of Home Builders Remodelors (NAHBR) Council in collaboration with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), NAHB Research Center, and NAHB Seniors Housing Council, have developed this program to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging in place.
What is aging in place?
Aging in place means remaining 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 familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a “home” for a lifetime.
Why develop a special designation?
The AARP landmark study Fixing to Stay was a wake-up call to the residential remodeling industry. The results of the study sent two messages loud and clear:
- Americans prefer to remain in their homes as they mature rather than seek assisted living and other arrangements
- Older consumers want a reliable means of identifying professionals they can trust to remodel their homes
Overview of CAPS
The 77 million Baby Boomers that have reached retirement age in the first years of the 21st century are the first wave sweeping this new American demographic tide. The CAPS program has been developed to help home remodeling professionals meet the needs of this market. For more information logon to www.nahb.org/caps.