The CAPS program is celebrating a major milestone: 5000 graduates! For more information, check out this article on NAHB.org.
Do you know how CAPS came to be?
In 2000, AARP conducted a study, Fixing to Stay, which found that over 80% of people 45 and older surveyed expressed a desire to age in place: remain in their own home until the end of their life. The study also revealed that many respondents had trust issues with contractors. AARP wisely approached NAHB and together they created the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) program. AOTA, the American Occupational Therapists Association, also became involved, and the CAPS curriculum covers:
- sensitivity to different sensory needs and abilities, family dynamics, and financial limitations
- design solutions to enable independence and higher function
- how complimentary professionals can collaborate
- an understanding of the 3 major market segments (50 to 100+ is diverse!), and how to market to each
When I began teaching CAPS in 2007, 95% of my students were contractors. For the past three years, my classes are typically comprised of 1/3 builders + remodelers, 1/3 interior designers, and 1/3 OTs/PTs/Human Service providers. I have had the pleasure of teaching a wide range of terrific people at local Home Builders Associations, at private events for manufacturers and organizations, and at national conferences.
Are you CAPS certified yet?
Upcoming classes I am teaching in NYS:
- Rochester, NY; Oct. 8 & 9, 2013
- Saratoga, NY; Oct. 28 & 29, 2013
And if you already have your CAPS designation, it’s time to take Universal Design/Build!