The American Population is Rapidly Aging

Across the United States, millions of Gen X-ers, Baby Boomers and other American seniors hope to remain in their homes as they age. Unfortunately, not all homes are suitable for seniors. At VanderBeken Remodel, we help homeowners in Snohomish County, Washington modify their properties to improve safety and accessibility. To learn all about aging in place remodeling, follow below.

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What is an in-law suite, and is it a good investment?

An in-law suite is an attached or detached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or home addition occupied by paid caregivers, family, friends or renters. These "suites" can be as large as a two-bedroom apartment or as small as a primary suite.

In-law suites are also referred to as guest cottages, granny houses and mother-in-law suites. Due to both the affordable housing crisis and a recent increase in multigenerational households, in-law suites are becoming more common in America.

Homeowners can use in-law suites as rental units, as apartments for live-in nurses and to house family and friends. As such, these additions can be a worthwhile investment. To learn more about the value of home additions, head over to our resource "Snohomish County ADUs and Home Additions."

Why should I work with a Certified Aging-in-Place remodeler?

There are many reasons to work with a Certified Aging-in-Place remodeler like our firm's Ron and Jennifer VanderBeken. Both Ron and Jennifer have earned a CAPS designation -- meaning they have special knowledge in this sector of the industry. This post from AARP explains how CAPS help adapt existing homes to the current and future needs of seniors.

According to AARP, the NAHB and AARP worked together to develop "the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation." This designation "is achieved through training and testing during a multicourse educational program." CAPS like Jennifer and Ron understand the "unique needs of the older adult population and [are] knowledgeable about, aging-in-place home modifications." They also have the knowledge needed to address "common barriers."

Any CAPS should be able to "recommend updates that will help a person live independently in his or her own home." He or she should also be able to work with an occupational therapist or OT. Together, an OT and CAPS can create "a home modification or build plan based on the safety and functional needs of an individual." CAPS collaborate with GC's, interior designers, structural engineers and others to ensure these modifications are safe and sound for their clients.

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