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Where to Get Home Remodeling Help

More seniors are opting to age-in-place rather than move to a retirement home or assisted living center. This aging-in-place trend means that there are many seniors living in homes that are too big for them to properly maintain. Beyond basic maintenance issues you also have the need to renovate rooms to make then safer and more accessible for the aging owners.

More seniors are opting to age-in-place rather than move to a retirement home or assisted living center. This aging-in-place trend means that there are many seniors living in homes that are too big for them to properly maintain. Beyond basic maintenance issues you also have the need to renovate rooms to make then safer and more accessible for the aging owners.

An Ounce of Prevention
Recognizing these issues before they become problematic is the best game plan. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) can help you determine what design issues you may face with your current living arrangement. CAPS are trained to help the population aged 50 and above make home modifications so that they can live safely and independently in their own home as they age. The National Association of Home Builders along with the AARP developed the CAPS program to help seniors find simple solutions to common dangers and household obstacles.

The National Association of Home Builders is in charge of training and accrediting designers and builders as CAPS. The NAHB requires that persons with the CAPS designation take continuing education courses every three years. They also encourage CAPS to earn some of their continuing education hours through public service initiatives. For list of Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists go to NAHB.org and search for the CAPS directory.

When Things Get Out of Hand
Sometimes seniors do very well on their own for many years and then the house suddenly becomes to large or their health takes an unexpected turn. Clutter, landscaping, even minor repairs can become too much for the homeowner to handle. Before too long the home is nearly inhabitable, has become dangerous to the inhabitants and the cost of necessary repairs is skyrocketed well beyond the owners’ income.

Should you find yourself of a loved one in this situation it is important to know that there are avenues that can help you find the assistance you need.

  • Local and national charity organizations like Rebuilding Together. This charity’s Safe at Home Initiative is focused on helping with home repair and remodeling issues that left unattended would make a home unsafe. Rebuilding Together is a strong advocate for seniors and multi-generational families as well as the disabled. To find out if there is a local chapter in your state visit the organization at RebuildingTogether.org.
  • PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is an organization open to citizen over the age of 55 that are eligible for a nursing home, but can also live at home with the help of the community. Funded almost entirely by Medicare and Medicaid, PACE helps to keep seniors in their own homes. While home maintenance is not a specific goal of this organization it is still a good point of contact as many social services are covered.
  • Elder villages collects membership fees in exchange for access to discounted services like transportation and home repair. Elder villages may also provide some free services to its members including social events.
  • NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) is a unique opportunity available to some seniors. The definition of a NORC is a neighborhood or apartment building that eventually grows into a community of older adults as the residents age. The neighbors then organize themselves into a retirement community with the assistance of a government agency. As a NORC the neighborhood can expect to enjoy services like meal delivery and home renovations tailored to aging in place as well as and recreational opportunities. NORCS.com is a great place to learn more about this national initiative and see if your neighborhood fits the model.
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