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Contributor Discusses Process Of Finding Aging-In-Place Specialist.

January 23, 2019

Stan Gornicz writes for Next Avenue (1/23) on the process of making one’s house “ready to age in place.” Gornicz cites an AARP finding “that almost 90 percent of people over 65 want to stay in their residences for as long as they could,” and notes that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and AARP “developed the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) program” to identify professionals who can “fine tune the concept of universal design – eliminating barriers for people of all ages – and focus on issues critical to the aging population.” Gornicz offers considerations for “hiring an aging-in-place pro,” such as looking for “personality fit,” acquiring multiple written bids, and checking “with your local Better Business Bureau” to ensure there have been no “complaints filed” against a given contractor.

        The Seattle Times (1/23) similarly offers ways to “incorporate universal design principles into every remodeling project,” recommending that readers not wait until retirement “to start planning for aging in place.” The Times also cites “a recent report by AARP” finding “that 90 percent of retirees want to stay in their homes as they age,” commenting that that “an entire subsection of the remodeling field has grown up to make this possible.”

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