What Is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist?

In 2002, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in collaboration with its research center 50+ Housing Council, the AARP, and Home Innovation Research Labs developed the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) program. Through a series of training seminars, participants in the program are taught strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching barrier-free living environments. Since its inception, more than 2,200 individuals have completed the program, thereby acquiring the skillsets they need to make home modifications to help seniors continue to live independently and safely in their own homes.

Experts Committed to Providing the Best for Seniors

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists can provide solutions to common obstacles that make houses unsafe or uncomfortable, but their services go far beyond design. They also address:


  • Codes and standards
  • Common remodeling expenditures and projects
  • Product ideas
  • Resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions


Every CAPS graduate pledges to uphold a code of ethics and is required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service. All of this is done to protect the consumer in general and the senior population in particular.

Your One-Stop-Shop for Aging-in-Place Services

If you’re a homeowner living in the Upper Peninsula and are intending to age in place, the company to turn to for all your home modification needs is the Barrier Free Store. We are proud to be a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and have helped thousands of customers retain their independence throughout their golden years. The Barrier Free Store provides and installs a wide range of products from many of the leading manufacturers in the industry. From stair lifts and electric scooters to custom bathing systems and wheelchair ramps, our highly skilled team of technicians will update your home quickly and with a minimal amount of disruption to your home or daily routines. In fact, many of our modifications can be completed in a single day. And since we’re a local company based in Marquette, we’ll be here to provide speedy support should one of our products need servicing.


To learn more about our aging-in-place services contact the Barrier Free Store today and schedule a complimentary home assessment. We’re Northern Michigan’s accessibility aces.

“My stair climber has made it possible for me to stay in my home and I am pleased with the bathroom remodel/updates. The employees are very friendly, efficient, helpful, and polite!”

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“My dad’s strength deteriorated over a short period of time due to medicines he needed to take. Your company provided prompt service. We most appreciated the person who had the foresight to have a stair lift in stock because my dad basically needed an emergency installation for his safety and mine, so we could safely get upstairs. Thank you to everyone for your kindness and quick assistance at a difficult time. My dad loves the lift!”

“My stair climber has made it possible for me to stay in my home and I am pleased with the bathroom remodel/updates. The employees are very friendly, efficient, helpful, and polite!”

“I am extremely satisfied with the lift and all who worked on it. Thank you for everything!”

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