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Certified Aging in Place Specialists Help Senior Adults Remain in their Home

posted Aug 5, 2014, 1:43 PM by Peter Berube


Townsend-based P-S 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 attractive.

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 more functional.

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.

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