Thursday, June 9, 2016

"Aging-in-Place" Specialist Ready to Help Modular Home Industry

I would like to welcome a new contributor to the blog, Valerie Jurik-Henry, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and consultant to modular home builders. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation program from the NAHB teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

Valerie is very interested in working with modular home builders and factories to bring awareness of this topic to the forefront and give our industry a chance to be a leader in modular additions, assisted living modules, Aging in Place homes and multifamily living.

Ms Jurik-Henry will be one of the featured speakers at the Midwest Modular Boot Camp on September 14th in Indianapolis, IN.

Here is the first of many articles she is working on to address this subject for our industry.

Addition, Remodel, Design “OH MY” 
= Better Aging In Place

As Dorothy so famously said, “There’s No Place Like Home.”

As time moves along and the Baby Boomer trend merges with the current aging population, we can all pick up a piece of this enormous puzzle through new and adaptive business strategies. With all of the opportunities out there, I see housing (addition, remodel and new build/design) as the most crucial component as we age. It forms the foundation for our life, “Our Home”.

One of the Aging In Place industry writers is Louis Tenenbaum. His article will give you some sound advice on what to consider when looking at Aging In Place. The overall concept is based on Universal Design, and he offers a few tips that are
worth knowing and exploring.

The more Baby Boomers talk about what they want and HOW they want it, the more you will find someone out there building a business to cater to just that - their needs and wants. When it comes to our home, there is a very personal attachment. What else can hold past memories, future gatherings and today’s morning coffee?

The older population wants to stay put. Not that you want to learn about coefficients from a linear probability model, but check out the article below from FORBES. In my industry, there is a belief that “the senior population will start selling their houses and cause the next housing crisis.” I say, “No, they won’t”

They want to stay in their homes as long as physically possible, and that’s good for remodelers and builders of home additions.

The Boomers will go either way, stay put with revisions as needed or build for a totally new feel. The new-builds for Boomers could be anything from a Tiny Home to a larger space of around 2500 sq/ft. The days of the McMansions are slowing to a near halt, and the new wave of housing with the sale of UNIVERSAL DESIGN to allow for Aging Gracefully will explode! Being a Boomer and Creature of Comfort myself, a smaller home with a lot of awesome features for the future sells me every time.


Valerie Jurik-Henry, CAPS Accessible/“Live”able Home Consultant

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Welcome Valerie. Look forward to her input and comments. Several factories offer Universal Designs as options and several modular builders have added CAPS designation to their CV's but many more need to consider Aging in Place options as they work with their clients for the custom home.