Berube Construction Design Build announces its designation as a Certified Aging
in Place Specialist (CAPS).
According to the Department of Health and Human Service’s
Administration on Aging, the number of individuals age 65 and over will reach
about 72 million by 2030, amounting to 19% of the population. As more and more
senor individuals chose to remain in their homes, the need grows for
professionals trained in creating a living space that is both functional and
Peter Berube, owner of P-S Berube Construction Design Build,
and Nancy Chapman, administrator, recently traveled to Greensboro, North
Carolina where they successfully completed the Certified Aging in Place
Specialist (CAPS) training program. The program, developed from a partnership
between AARP and the National Association of Home Builders, launched in 2002
and teaches the strategies and techniques of designing and building
personalized home design solutions that meet the changing needs of senior
adults. To date, approximately 250 individuals have completed the training.
Unlike creating a sterile, hospital-like environment of
years ago, today’s aging in place (AIP) solutions emphasize both aesthetics as
well as function, effectively providing residents with a home for life.
“Major companies are catching on to the concept and creating
attractive, non-institutionalized products that can be beautifully integrated
into the home’s design,” Chapman reports.
AIP solutions apply to two demographics: forward thinking
baby boomers, planning ahead to be able to remain in their home for life, as
well as senior adults presently facing challenges and need to make their home
Possible solutions include the addition of in-law
apartments, creation of fully accessible kitchens and baths, widening of
doorways, addition of wheelchair ramps, or installation of grab bars and
handrails. Some options can be incorporated into a home’s design, without yet
becoming a part of the actual finish; for example, prepping a wall for the
future installation of a grab bar, without actually mounting the bar. Such an
approach is more cost efficient than adding it later, and ultimately adds value
to the home.
P-S Berube has put their knowledge to work already and is
currently adding a 34 x 52’ addition onto a single family
home. The result is a single floor, fully accessible, functional living area to
be inhabited by the home’s original owner.
P-S Berube Construction Design Build is an award winning,
family run business, established in 1977, based in Townsend, MA.