Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist

(CAPS)

About our Aging-In-Place (AIP) Services

Probably one of the hardest parts of remodeling is to find a company or contractor that you can trust. As an Aging-In-Place service provider, We offer turnkey one-stop-shop service from accessible design to the end of the construction for senior’s home modification. During years we are in the business, TBR construction has earned one of the highest verified client satisfaction ratings throughout our service area.

In the next 20 years, the number of people over the age of 65 anticipated being double. In the next 30 years, the population of Americans ages 65-85 will swell to nearly 73 million. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), around 23 million Americans are caring for their elderly parents; this number will become higher as baby boomers enter their retirement age. Almost 90% of seniors over 55 want to stay in their home as they age, and not have to move into a senior living facility like a retirement or nursing home. Not for as long as possible anyway.

Here are some critical questions to ask when thinking about whether to age-in-place or not:

  • Are you able to live safely in your existing home?
  • Do you feel comfortable while living in your home?
  • How long will you be able to live at home independently?
  • Does your home have dangerous conditions like slippery floors in the bath or kitchen
  • If you had a wheelchair-user friend over to visit, could they comfortably use the kitchen sink or other appliances?
  • Could they get into the bathroom or is the door too narrow? Once in the bathroom, could they get in the tub or shower safely?
  • Cost, health and safety, proximity to family, emotional attachment are other factors to be considered.

What does of Aging-In-Place mean?

Term of “Aging-In-Place” is the desire to live in your home and community safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, ability level or income for as long as possible. Skilful Aging in Place remodeling can buy you another 10 to 20 years in your home, depending on your current age.

What is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (“CAPS”)?

A Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) is a remodeling or medical professional formally trained to assess homes and provide solutions for the many challenges seniors face at home as they grow older. Depending on the owner health condition, resolutions could change from minor modifications to a massive remodeling. CAPS is a nationally recognized certification provided by the AARP and the National Association of Homebuilders. Click here to learn more.

Our mission

In short, as a CAPS remodeler, our mission is to deliver high-quality service; at the best reasonable price. Feel free to contact us regarding our remodeling services.

 

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Clients of Aging-In-Place (AIP) Service

Homeowners who call upon CAPS remodelers for assistance fall into one of three categories:

First: Homeowners with no urgent needs. These are “planners” who want to plan to get their home ready for old age or to accommodate an aging parent. These include people who are not experiencing a significant health issue. They do not feel any urgency to incorporate accommodating features in their homes but know it is wise to put in these safe and convenient

features before they have to later. Many people are in denial that they are aging and never consider making any aging in place modifications. Often they are sorry then.

Second: Homeowners with “progressive or chronic condition’ that can worsen over time. Their home needs special modifications. They plan for safety and convenience now and for the future, too, as their needs change.

Third: Homeowners who experience a sudden, traumatic change, like stroke, cancer or heart attack, which necessitates immediate home modifications to allow them to come home and live safely in the familiar environment that only home can offer.

Solutions 

Solutions for each segment can be custom-tailored to their needs and help with cognitive as well as mobility problems now and in future years. You may ask how we can predict our future needs concerning living in our homes? We cannot know what the future holds for our loved ones and us. But employing aging in place and the broader, sweeping ideas found in “universal design” changes can make homes safer and more comfortable for everyone, regardless of age, or abilities.

A CAPS-trained contractor can assess your home, and make suggestions to improve its livability over time. He or she can also partner and communicate well with a healthcare professional like occupational and physical therapists.

 

Some Benefits of Aging-In Place services

Aging-In-Place home modification helps seniors to:

  • Maintaining independence
  • Stay at home safer
  • Feel more comfortable at home
  • Also cost of living at home is less than living in assisted living

If you would like to get more information about the process:

We offer our services of the highest caliber at the best possible prices. Your satisfaction is Grantees!
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Aging-In-Place Home Modification Process

  • Set the first meeting with the client and find out about their needs
  • Meet with their Healthcare professional (HCP) Like Case Manager, physical Therapist (PTs), and occupational therapist (OTs)
  • Make a list of scope of work
  • Determine priority and affordability
  • Find out a bout your mortgage loan or fund
  • it is time to sign the contract with us
  • Proceed your loan if applicable
  • Start Design
  • We start with conceptual design, check your request feasibility, 
  •  Review options with owner 
  • Schematic design,  selections, preliminary pricing
  • Selections
  • Finalize design, sections
  • it is time for us to provide construction budget phase 
  • Finalize your mortgage
  • We will process permitting
  • Demo 
  • Grading
  • locate the building corners, and foundation preparation.
  • Under ground plumbing
  • Form setting
  • Pour concrete
  • We start ordering materials fro farming

Framing/ Roof/Exterior

  • Framing installation
  • Cornice
  • Wrap the roof and exterior walls
  • Install windows 
  • Drainage

Rough-Ins

  • Plumbing rough-in
  • Fire sprinkler system rough-in (if applicable)
  • HVAC rough-in
  • Electrical rough-in
  • Low voltage rough-in
  • Order finish materials
  • Complete exterior finish

Sheetrock/ Interior

  • Install insulation
  • Drywall
  • start tape and float
  •  Apply primer

Tile Installation

  • Tile installation

Millworks

  • Doors and trims installation
  • Cabinets installation
  • Install Stairs and stair rail
  • Finish tile Work and countertop fabrication
  • Install Sinks
  • Start install a plumbing fixture

Paint/Flooring/Exterior

  • Complete first coat of paint
  • Start flooring installation
  • Exterior grading and irrigation installation

Trim out/ landscaping

  • Trim out all electrical, plumbing and HVAC
  • Exterior landscaping and lighting
  • landscaping
  • Quality inspection  
  • Get final walk thru signed 
  • Obtain final permits
  • Mortgage inspections
  • final cleaning and touch ups
  • Closing and get loan funded( If applicable)
  • It is time to move-in

Aging-In-Place Home Modification Checklist

Are you wondering how your home will serve you throughout the years? Have you considered possibly updating your home so that you can comfortably live in it for years to come? If so, the Aging-In-Place Design Checklist might help you decide if an aging-in-place remodel is right for you.
The checklist below provides a quick reference for various aging-in-place issues. While the list is not all-inclusive, it will get you thinking in the right direction. Is your home ready for your upcoming needs?

Exterior

  • Low-maintenance exterior (vinyl, brick)
  • Low-maintenance shrubs and plants
  • Deck, patio, or balcony surfaces are no more than a half inch below interior floor level if made of wood

Overall Floor Plan

  • Main living on a single story, including full bath
  • No steps between rooms/areas on the same level
  • 5-foot by 5-foot clear/turn space in living area, kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom
    Hallways
  • Minimum of 36-inches wide, wider preferred
  • Well lit

Entry

  • Accessible path of travel to the home
  • At least one no-step entry with a cover
  • Sensor light at exterior no-step entry focusing on the front-door lock
  • There needs to be 32-inches of clear width, which requires a 36-inch door
  • Non-slip flooring in foyer
  • Entry door sidelight or high/low peep hole viewer; sidelight should provide both privacy and safety
  • Doorbell in accessible location
  • Surface to place packages on when opening door

Bathroom

  • Channel or trench drain helps the slope stays  in one direction rather to the center
  • motion sensor lighting
  • Wall support and provision for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets
  • Contrasting color edge border at countertops
  • At least one wheelchair maneuverable bath on main level with 60-inch turning radius or acceptable T-turn space and 36-
    inch by 36-inch or 30-inch by 48-inch clear space
  • Bracing in walls around tub, shower, shower seat, and toilet for installation of grab bars to support 250-300 pounds
  • If stand-up shower is used in main bath, it is curbless and minimum of 36-inches wide
  • Bathtub – lower for easier access
  • Fold down seat in the shower
  • Adjustable/handheld showerheads, 6-foot hose
  • Tub/shower controls offset from center
  • Shower stall with built-in antibacterial protection
  • Light in shower stall
  • Toilet two and half inches higher than standard toilet (17-19 inches) or height-adjustable
  • Design of the toilet paper holder allows rolls to be changed with one hand
  • Wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect user from pipes
  • Slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower

Kitchen

Counters
  • Wall support and provision for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets
  • Upper wall cabinetry three inches lower than conventional height
  • Accented stripes on edge of countertops to provide visual orientation to the workspace
  • Counter space for dish landing adjacent to or opposite all appliances
  • Base cabinet with roll out trays and lazy susans
  • Pull-down shelving
  • Glass-front cabinet doors
  • Open shelving for easy access to frequently used items
Appliances
  • Easy to read controls
  • Washing machine and dryer raised 12-15 inches above floor
  • Front loading laundry machines
  • Microwave oven at counter height or in wall
  • Side-by-side refrigerator/freezer
  • Side-swing or wall oven
  • Raised dishwasher with push-button controls
  • Electric cook top with level burners for safety in transferring between the burners, front controls and downdraft feature
    to pull heat away from user; light to indicate when surface is hot
  • Front control glass top range
  • Vent-a-hood that allows to wire the control switch at the counter-top level
Miscellaneous
  • 30-inch by 48-inch clear space at appliances or 60-inch diameter clear space for turns
  • Multi-level work areas to accommodate cooks of different heights
  • Kick plate lighting on tier
  • No use LED lights for people has flicker issue
  • Open under-counter seated work areas
  • Placement of task lighting in appropriate work areas
  • Loop handles for easy grip and pull
  • Pull-out spray faucet; levered handles
  • In multi-story homes, laundry chute or laundry facilities in master bedroom
  • Pull out, half moon, blind corner accessories
  • Optimizer shelf unit

Flooring

  • Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces, interior
    and exterior
  • If carpeted, use low (less than a half inch high pile)
    density, with firm pad
  • Color/texture contrast to indicate change in surface
    levels

Ramps

  • Slope no greater than one inch rise for each 12-inches in length, adequate handrails
  • Five-foot landing provided at entrance
  • Two-inch curbs for safety

Electrical

  • Lighting, Safety, and Security
  • Light switches by each entrance to halls and
    rooms
  • Light receptacles with at least two bulbs in vital
    places (exits, bathroom)
  • Light switches, thermostats, and other
    environmental controls placed in accessible
    locations no higher than 48 inches from floor
  • Electrical outlets 15-inches on center from
    floor; may need to be closer than 12-feet apart
  • Clear access space of 30-inches by 48-inches in
    front of switches and controls
  • Rocker or touch light switches
  • Audible and visual strobe light system to
    indicate when the doorbell, telephone or smoke
    or CO2 detectors have been activated
  • High-tech security/intercom system that can be
    monitored, with the heating, air conditioning and
    lighting, from any TV in the house
  • Easy-to-see and read thermostats
  • Pre-programmed thermostats
  • Flashing porch light or 911 switch
  • Direct wired to police, fire and EMS (as option)
  • Home wired for security
  • Home wired for computers

Storage

  • Adjustable closet rods and shelves
  • Lighting in closets
  • Easy open doors that do not obstruct access
    Energy-Efficient Features (Lapp Electric)
  • In-line framing with two by six studs spaced 24-inches on center
  • Air-barrier installation and sealing of duct work with mastic
  • Reduced-size air conditioning units with gas furnaces
  • Mechanical fresh air ventilation, installation of air returns in all bedrooms and use of carbon monoxide detectors
  • Installation of energy efficient windows with Low-E glass
  • Reduced Maintenance/Convenience Features
    Easy to clean surfaces
  • Central vacuum
  • Built-in pet feeding system
  • Built-in recycling system
  • Video phones
  • Intercom system

Thresholds

  • Flush preferable
  • Exterior maximum of a half inch beveled
  • Interior maximum of a quarter inch
    Interior Doors
  • There needs to be 32-inches of clear width, which requires a 36-inch door
  • Levered door hardware
    Windows
  • Plenty of windows for natural light
  • Lowered windows or taller windows with lower sill
    height
  • Low maintenance exterior and interior finishes
  • Easy to operate hardware
    Garage or Carport
  • Covered carports and boarding spaces
  • Wider than average carports to accommodate lifts
    on vans
  • Door heights may need to be nine feet to
    accommodate some raised roof vans
  • Five-foot minimum access aisle between accessible
    van and car in garage
  • If code requires floor to be several inches below
    entrance to house for fume protection, can slope
    entire floor from front to back to eliminate need for
    ramp or step
  • Ramp to doorway, if needed
  • Handrail, if steps

Heating , Ventilation, And Air conditioning 

  • HVAC should be designed so filters are easily accessible
  • Energy-efficient units
  • Windows that can be opened for cross ventilation, fresh air
  • Windows with awning crank-out handle

Stairways, Lifts, and Elevators

  •  Adequate hand rails on both sides of stairway, one and a quarter inch diameter
  • Increased visibility of stairs through contrast strip on top and bottom stairs, color contrast between treads and risers on
    stairs and use of lighting
  • Multi-story homes may provide either pre-framed shaft (i.e., stacked closets) for future elevator, or stairway width must
    be minimum of four feet to allow space for lift
  • Residential elevator or lift

Faucets

  • Lever handles or pedal-controlled
  • Thermostatic or anti-scald controls
  • Pressure balanced faucets
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