The AARP has excellent information on how to make a home better fit the circumstances of “aging-in-place”. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in collaboration with AARP and other experts, helped create the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (“CAPS”) designation to aid consumer and builders make the most efficient use of living spaces, or know which furnishings and housing features provide the best comfort, safety and ease-of-use.
The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the home they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. The guide offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that require skilled expertise.
As stated on the AARP website, a CAPS understands the unique needs of the older adult population and is knowledgeable about aging-in-place home modifications, common remodeling projects and solutions to common barriers. CAPS designees are often remodelers, but designers, occupational therapists, architects and others frequently achieve this designation as well. To find a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist in your area call the NAHB at 800-368-5242 or visit its directory page “Find a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist” at nahb.org.
The AARP also recommends the use of an Occupational Therapist (“OT”). An OT is a licensed health professional who understands the health and disability issues people face over a lifetime and know how to match the abilities of an individual with needed supports. OTs are skilled at performing home assessments that identify a person’s daily routines and activities and the barriers that impact performing them.
If you really want to see homes specially designed for older adults, I recommend you purchase the book Nesting for Empty Nesters®: The Vacation Style Living™ Approach to Aging in Placeby Francisco Alonso (you can find it on Amazon). It can give you some excellent design ideas.
There is a rapidly growing market for “aging-in-place” new homes. The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (“HECM”) for Purchase home financing program can help builders sell more homes, by making it easier for people age 62 and older to buy the home they desire. The HECM for Purchase can give them additional spending power, making it easier for them to afford the amenities they need or the upgrades they want.
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