“If you love your home and your neighborhood, remodeling to suit your future needs or a family member coming to stay is a good option”
Our greying generation is embracing aging and retirement with high expectations, and home is their preferred place to enjoy this aging journey.
According to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP, nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible. A further 80 percent believe their current residence is where they will always live. This isn’t altogether surprising; after all, who wants to grow old with strangers in unfamiliar surroundings?
“Style and accessibility are the hallmarks of the Homes for Life award-winning projects,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Paul Sullivan, CAPS, CGR, CGP, a remodeler from Waterville Valley, N.H. “These innovative designs use tailored solutions to transform each house into a home for a lifetime.”
To make a split-level home functional for a family member returning from a nursing home, Larry Taff, CAPS, of TZ of Madison, Inc. in Madison, Wis., added a single-level screened porch and deck with an open floor plan for a view of the yard.
Are you a CAPS designee – or Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist – looking for a new way to promote this specialized remodeling niche that’s becoming more popular among your boomer customers? NAHB has a new tool for you: the consumer PowerPoint presentation “Make Your House a Home for a Lifetime.” It’s perfect for presentations at home shows, education sessions and more.
Sarah Szanton spent years as a nurse practitioner calling on low-income elderly patients in West Baltimore. She tells the story of a 101-year-old patient living in a public housing high-rise. The woman could not read, could not walk, and—having outlasted her friends in the building—was afraid of her neighbors.
The National Association of Home Builders Remodelers group recently announced 2 winners of its annual Homes for Life awards, which recognize great design for aging in place and Universal Design. The awards were presented on Oct. 17 at the NAHB Remodelers’ annual gala during the 2013 Remodeling Show in Chicago.
Johns Hopkin’s CAPABLE study is reaching out to 800 low-income residents of Baltimore to gather data on whether simple interventions can allow people to remain in their homes longer. The CAPABLE project – which stands for Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders – was created by Sarah Szanton, a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and focuses on simple home modifications and strategies for completing activities of daily living.
The research project will bring handymen, occupational therapists and nurses to residents’ homes in order to investigate their needs and create custom interventions. The cost is about $4,000 per participant, while the average cost for nursing home care in the U.S. is $6,700 a month. Keeping people in their homes longer can have huge economic benefit and healthcare benefits, which is why the study is being funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services along with the National Institutes of Health.
Remodeling Magazine ran a short article about Dan Bawden of Legal Eagle Contracting, and how he approaches working with clients wishing to age-in-place. Bawden helped write the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) course description 10 years ago for the National Association of Home Builders. Now, about 75% of his firm’s work involves some aspect of aging-in-place. Bawden’s firm uses a checklist to conduct home audits for new clients to identify the areas of their home that aren’t working for them.