Remodelers Put on Thinking CAPS With Revised Courses
The newsly-revised Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses — “Communications Strategies for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS I)” and “Design/Build Solutions for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS II)” — debuted at the Remodeling Show in Las Vegas last month.
Bindley Byrd, CGR, CAPS, of QX2 Contracting in Lansing, Mich., discussed the seven principles of universal design — equitable use, flexibility of use, simple and intuitive operation, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach — as part of the CAPS I course.
CAPS students learned about the physical, cognitive and emotional changes seniors encounter as they age, including decreased mobility and sensory input and learning difficulties, and how these changes may be mediated by aging in place remodeling works.
Byrd also said remodelers can broaden their client list by forming strategic partnerships with AARP representatives, architects and interior designers, occupational therapist and social workers.
Mike Weiss, CGR, CGB, GMB, CAPS, from Weiss RCMI in Carmel, Ind., analyzed plans and reviewed completed remodeling projects as part of the CAPS II course.
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