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Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS)

This is a designation we achieved through the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).  Through the NAHB, Deb Lowndes of Charles Thomas Homes, has been properly trained to help homebuyers design and build their homes with the idea of staying in your home as long as you can as you age.

Watch this video to learn more about our universally accessible home features


What is “Aging-In-Place”?

Aging-in-place means living in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level. It means the pleasure of remaining in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years, and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a home for a lifetime.  Our CAPS training has prepared us for the mechanics and nuances of effective assessment of your needs and integrating a myriad of considerations into a unified, aesthetically pleasing, and functional solution.

Features we can design into your Charles Thomas Home:
  • Wider doorways and hallways throughout the home
  • Zero entry exterior doorways and low threshold door systems
  • Multi-functional first-floor master suite with wider doorways
  • Zero entry accessible shower systems with built in seat, grab bars, and hand-held shower head
  • Taller toilets with grab bars installed or backing installed for future grab bars
  • Pre-wire for security alert
  • Door levers versus difficult knobs
  • Taller cabinets and wheel chair accessible cabinets
  • Accessible location of electrical outlets
  • Installation of private elevator or chair lift.  Or rough in for these items.
We want you to be able to enjoy your Charles Thomas Home for a long time! 

Millions of the Baby Boomer generation will turn 55 years old this year and millions more will cross this significant threshold in the next 15 years. About 80% of all Americans 55 years or older currently own their own homes, making it the highest rate of homeownership of any age group in the country. Members of this population group also tend to be healthier and wealthier than previous generations of similar age, and expect their homes to reflect their active, independent, and upscale lifestyles.  We are finding that many of the customers coming into our model home are looking to downsize.  The next home they build will be the last time they move.  Their kids have all moved out and they no longer need the big 4 bedroom 2 story.  They recognize that as they age, their ability to navigate through their home could become more difficult if they don’t plan ahead properly.  Sure, their health may still be great.  But what happens if one of the two ends up needing assistance before the other?  If you plan ahead, your home can be ready for this and you can both stay in your home.  Home health care and meals can be delivered right to your front door.  So there is no reason to move into a costly assisted living center.