Remodeling Training Aimed at Aging Homeowners

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Washington, DC — The National Association of Home Builders Remodelors Council announced that 1,000 remodelers have been formally trained through the association’s “Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)” designation program.

The program is aimed at training residential remodelers to help aging homeowners who need to improve the accessibility of their homes, according to the NAHB Remodelors Council.

“As aging baby boomers continue to drive housing changes, remodelers are responding to market demands with more specialized training and knowledge than ever before,” the Remodelors Council said, adding that CAPS teaches remodelers home modification skills for those who wish to “age in place” or continue living safely, independently and comfortably in their homes regardless of age or ability level.

In collaboration with AARP, the NAHB Research Center and NAHB’s 50+ and Remodelors Councils launched the CAPS designation in 2002 with 53 graduates. So far this year, 294 remodeling professionals, architects, designers and health care workers have completed the program, officials noted.

CAPS education includes design ideas, technical solutions and sensitivity training. Graduates must also complete continuing education and community service requirements to maintain their status as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, the Remodelors Council said.

Additional information can be obtained from the Washington, DC-based NAHB.

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