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Sustainable Home Environment Solutions

Converting a home to make it easier and safer to manage activities of daily living can include adding or removing structures at a relatively low cost. Changes to homes might include installing:

  • Ramps
  • Chairlifts for stairs
  • Handrails
  • Grab bars
  • Call systems

Whatever modifications chosen, simple sustainable home modifications can help people stay in their homes safely for a longer period of time.

Home modification services are available to ensure quality and sustainable changes. Using a professional remodeler who is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), or a Graduate Master Builder (GMB) can help to address the unique needs of the older adult population and their homes. Because these professionals have been trained in aging in place home modifications, they can help find solutions to common barriers and certify that appropriate materials are being used to make the home modifications sustainable.

Sustainable aging in place involves the ability to access all parts of the home if mobility becomes a concern. Although sustaining a living environment through simple modifications can appear daunting, there are options that can make them more affordable, such as:

Resources to Learn More

National Association of Home Builders - Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS)
The CAPS program teaches home modification specialists and customers valuable skills about home modifications for those who wish to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation helps building industry professionals create a safer environment for those who are aging in place.

Created by the National Council on Aging to help find possible federal, state, or local benefits you can use for home modifications or other aging in place services. Visit the site and enter your information and you will receive a list of benefits to explore.