How can a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist help you stay in your home longer? Read on to find out.

Having been in the home remodeling business for more than four decades, we’ve seen our fair share of trends come and go at Criner Remodeling. Over the last several years, more and more of our clients have been asking us how they can transform their homes into places where they can stay for a lifetime. This concept, known as aging-in-place, has become increasingly important as our population ages, and it’s a trend we don’t see stopping any time soon.

What is Aging-in-Place?
Aging-in-place refers to the ability to live safely, independently, and comfortably in your own home (or your family’s home) as you age. It allows seniors to maintain autonomy and quality of life while aging gracefully in familiar surroundings. Aging-in-place has gained popularity recently as more individuals desire to stay in their homes as they grow older versus a senior living community.

What is Necessary for Aging-in-Place?
While people prefer to remain in their homes for as long as possible, most homes have not been designed to accommodate aging-in-place. Therefore, modifications are necessary to ensure safety and accessibility.

Remodeling for aging-in-place often includes incorporating universal design principles, such as eliminating tripping hazards, ensuring adequate lighting, and creating open floor plans that accommodate mobility aids.

Remodeling your home to suit your future needs may seem overwhelming, but the good news is there are professionals ready to assist homeowners with precisely this task—Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS).

What is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist?
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) are experts in modifying homes to meet the unique needs of aging homeowners. They undergo specialized training to assess, design, and implement home modifications that enhance safety, accessibility, and comfort. From grab bars to ramps, CAPS-certified contractors possess the knowledge and skills necessary to create aging-in-place solutions tailored to individual needs.

At Criner Remodeling, we are proud to be a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and enjoy helping homeowners adapt their homes to fit their current and future needs. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

What types of modifications can a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist make to a home?
CAPS professionals can make a wide range of modifications, including installing grab bars, widening doorways, adding ramps, and redesigning bathrooms to be more accessible.

What are the benefits of using a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist?
Working with a CAPS professional gives you peace of mind, knowing that your home is safe, comfortable, and accessible—and will be for years to come.

Is remodeling for aging-in-place expensive?
While aging-in-place remodeling can be an investment, it is often more cost-effective than moving to a senior living facility. Additionally, financing options and cost-saving measures are available to make these modifications more affordable.

Planning ahead for aging-in-place remodeling is crucial, even for younger homeowners. By incorporating universal design elements into renovations, homeowners can future-proof their homes and ensure they remain safe and accessible as they age. By working with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, homeowners can create living spaces that are safe, comfortable, and conducive to aging-in-place.

If you are considering aging-in-place modifications, don’t hesitate to contact the Criner Remodeling team for guidance and assistance. As a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, we can help you take the first step towards creating a home that supports you as you age-in-place.