Origami Brain Injury Rehab Center is proud to announce that Occupational Therapist, Jessica Westmeier-Shuh, MHS, OTRL, CAPS, CBIS, has achieved certification as a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS). This specialization greatly compliments her role as an Occupational Therapist in many ways.
Certified aging-in-place specialists help people who make their homes a home for a lifetime, regardless of their age, income or abilities. Universal design isn't just for the elderly or handicapped. Rather, it ensures that people of all ages and ability levels can live comfortably and safely in a home. The universally-designed home accommodates all family members at all stages of life...from infants to grandparents, all of whom benefit from homes that impose fewer restrictions on daily activities of activities and maximize independence and safety.
The goal of aging in place is just as it sounds, helping people age in place, within their homes. For the older population, this may mean the difference between being able to stay and age in their homes or moving out and living with family members or at a nursing home. The aging in place concept is great for older adults but is also beneficial for all populations. For example, wider doorways are beneficial for people in wheelchairs but also benefit someone trying to maneuver a baby stroller in the house. Lower light switches make turning on a light easier to someone in a wheelchair and to a child.
For more information about becoming a certified aging-in-place specialist visit http://www.nahb.org/category.aspx?sectionID=686.
Congratulations Jessica on this achievement!