Marty Walling is a “Certified Aging In Place Specialist” (CAPS) as recognized by the National Association of Homebuilders with the ability to identify, recommend, and offer attractive design solutions that create a safe and comfortable environment for individuals who want to age in place.
Aging In Place is far more than the simple addition of grab bars and bathtub seating. Aging In Place modifications offer seniors the ability to live in their own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, income, or ability level. Purposeful aging in place has grown in popularity and promotes positive outcomes of seniors having a choice in their care and living arrangements.
The desire to age in place is an issue that is certainly pertinent to our nation today with one third of households being home to one or more residents 60 years of age or older.
Aging in place falls into three categories:
- 1) without urgent needs
- 2) with progressive based needs
- 3) with traumatic change needs
The bottom line is that Aging in Place means that homeowners don’t need to move from their homes in order to accommodate their changing needs. Call us for more information about how we can help you or your loved one remain safe and active in their own home.
What is the CAPS designation?
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) has been trained in:
- The unique needs of the older adult population
- Aging-in-place home modifications
- Common remodeling projects
- Solutions to common barriers
Keep in mind that when you hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, you are buying a service rather than a product. Each CAPS professional draws from a different knowledge base and will approach your project in a different way. No matter where you start in the process, you will eventually need to hire a professional remodeler to actually make the modifications to your home.
How should you choose a remodeler?
- Figure out how much money you have to spend on the home modification project.
- Seek referrals from friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others who have had similar work done.
- Contact trade associations such as your area’s local home builders association or Remodelors™ Council.
- Check with your local or state office of consumer protection and the local Better Business Bureau.
- Verify the remodeler has the appropriate license(s) in your state.
- Look for professional designations such as CAPS, Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), or Graduate Master Builder (GMB).
- Ask your professional remodeler for a written estimate of the work to be done based on a set of plans and specifications. Be prepared to pay for this package.
- Select a professional remodeler with plenty of experience with your type of project. Remember, lowest price does not ensure a successful remodeling project.
- Do I want to add a bathroom and possibly a bedroom to the main level?
- How can I make my kitchen more functional?
- Am I worried about preventing falls?
- How much money can I budget for this project?
- Will I need to get a home equity loan?
- Will other members of my family benefit from modifications?
- Will remodeling increase the energy efficiency of my home?
- Where do I find a professional I can consult with about my needs?
Click on the video below to watch Marty Walling talk about Aging In Place on WDTN-TV2′s “Living Dayton” program. Tuesday, March 11, 2014.