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Course Title: Design Concepts For Livable Homes And Aging In Place

This course is essential for obtaining the CAPS designation.

Designed as a comprehensive one-day, 6-credit hour class, this course combines key elements from both CAPS II and CAPS III. It provides the complete training necessary for participants to achieve the prestigious Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.


The growing trend among homeowners to remain in their homes for as long as possible has generated a significant demand for aging-in-place (AIP) products and services. To meet this need, a variety of innovative and responsive products are being developed to ensure homes are safe and comfortable. Service providers are also rising to the challenge by designing new homes and renovating existing ones to offer design flexibility, aesthetic appeal, and high functionality. These solutions cater to people of all ages, incomes, and abilities, accommodating life’s changes and challenges.

To thrive as an aging-in-place (AIP) provider, you need to refine your design and construction skills while adapting your business processes to manage these specialized projects effectively. Scoping and estimating AIP jobs involve several crucial considerations, including meticulous scheduling, addressing legal issues with careful planning and risk mitigation, and integrating innovative design concepts into your solutions. This course equips you to intentionally enter the AIP market by aligning your business to tackle the unique challenges and deliver successful outcomes for your clients.

Purpose Of This Course

This course aims to empower participants to recognize common home challenges and understand appealing design concepts that foster a safe and comfortable environment for clients wishing to age in place. It addresses the needs of diverse groups, including:

  • Individuals without age-related health issues
  • Those with progressive conditions or other health issues requiring home modifications or equipment
  • Individuals facing sudden or traumatic health changes

Participants will explore various methods and techniques for modifying home designs, both for new construction and retrofitting, ensuring they can provide tailored solutions for each client group.


This course is tailored for a wide range of professionals, including builders, remodelers, vendors, manufacturers, architects, interior designers, trade contractors, real estate agents, healthcare professionals, and academics.

Completion of this course is a requirement for earning the CAPS designation.

Additionally, this course is approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., and provides 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Continuing Education Systems (CES) for 6 AIA/CES Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) Learning Units (LU’s) through the NAHB.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will gain the ability to:

  • Recognize key factors in estimating, scheduling, and executing livable home and aging-in-place (AIP) projects while clients remain in residence.
  • Understand legal and contractual aspects crucial for building professionals offering livable home and AIP design solutions.
  • Explain the various design categories and their relevance to the three AIP market segments.
  • Articulate specific design concepts tailored for livable homes and AIP clients.

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