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How to make your home more convenient

You can significantly improve convenience and user efficiency by making inexpensive changes throughout your house, and I'm not referring to automation of the whole house, even though you could take a baby step developing a "smart home" simply by spending a little more for motion-activated switches or automated deadbolts and thermostats. All of what I'm describing can be purchased on-line or at the home improvement retailers.

But even if you don't want to go high-tech, boost the convenience of your home simply by swapping out round door knobs and traditional light switches. Every area in the house should have these universally designed basics promoting convenience . Each is simple and intuitive to use by the most people, whether standing or seated, with low probability for error and includes multiple ways of accomplishing the same goal.

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What is CAPS and Why does it matter?


Every industry boasts an alphabet soup of trade designations, so what's so special about CAPS? Maybe avoiding assisted living and saving tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary annual expenses. CAPS is literally worth knowing.

A general contractor can build pretty much anything, but serving the aging-in-place market requires putting on one's thinking CAPS. BuilderFish is designated by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS). Given the alphabet soup of industry designations, I know this doesn't mean much so I'll explain why it matters.

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How safe is your home for the long haul?

 



Is your master bedroom upstairs? For most families it's only a question of when, not if, they will need to decide about the living accommodations of an aging loved one, and the overwhelming majority of older Americans prefer to remain in their current homes.

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