Monday, November 21, 2016

"CAPS & Universal Design Classes Are Being Scheduled For 2017"

This year, 2016, has been a very busy and successful one for graduating CAPS professionals and educating people in universal design techniques. Steve Hoffacker has conducted 25 sets of classes for CAPS in Florida, Nevada, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Ohio. There have been 13 of the 2-day universal design classes offered as well.

The disciplines and professional specialties represented by the attendees speak quite highly of the service that is now available to people who are seeking aging-in-place solutions and services to allow them to fulfill their objective of remaining in their current homes.

Just this year, there have been remodelers, home builders, real estate sales professionals, home stagers, occupational therapists (OTR/Ls), occupational therapy assistants (COTAs), physical therapists (PTs), physical therapy assistants (PTAs), assistive technology practitioners (ATPs), non-profits agency professionals, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, public governmental employees, carpenters, roofers, plumbers, architects, university faculty, interior designers, decorators, durable medical equipment sales and installers, kitchen and bathroom showrooms, computer technicians, entrepreneurs, insurance agents, land developers, attorneys, handymen, financial planners, and many others.

The aging-in-place industry has room for many professionals, and we look forward to seeing even more specialties in attendance in 2017.

Classes are being set for the West Palm Beach, Florida area and in the Delray Beach or Boca Raton, Florida area also. There will be some 20 sets of classes offered between these locations, using a few different venues. Plans are also being made to return to some of the more successful locations in the Midwest and Northeast during 2017.

If you cannot find a CAPS class scheduled near you, and a Florida vacation is not feasible, let Steve Hoffacker know of your interest to have a class scheduled for your area.

The need for people to remain in their home and for those homes to be safe, comfortable, convenient, accessible, and visitable for them and their visitors and guests is more apparent now than ever before. There is a lot of work to be done, and we need educated professionals to help them.

Now is the time to learn about what can be done, who can benefit from the services and solutions that we can offer, and to make plans to get the education. Also, the course materials are being updated so it may be the perfect time for a refresher. Contact Steve to learn about ways to sit in on a class this coming year or to get some of your colleagues and strategic partners certified.

Steve has been teaching these courses for 10 years and always holds a class if even one person is registered for it. When others might be canceling classes that were scheduled because only a few were registered, he holds the classes as advertised.

The schedule of classes for 2017 is being formulated now. Check Steve's website (http://www.stevehoffacker.com/CAPS-Schedule.html) to see what has been slated already and watch that site for new class dates and locations as they are posted.

For those already CAPS trained, tell your friends, colleagues, and professional associates about the courses. If you haven't completed all three of the classes (or two of them if you qualify for the exemption), make the commitment to do so in 2017.

Let's make 2017 even better than 2016, and it has been a fantastic year! 

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Steve HoffackerCAPS, C.E.A.C., MCSP, MIRM, is a licensed Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist instructor and best-selling author of universal design books. To learn about this and other programs for aging-in-place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555.