Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)

John Sylvestre certified aging in place specialistAsk the Expert: “What’s a CAPS?”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in collaboration with AARP and other experts, developed the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, which is achieved through training and testing during a multi-course educational program.

Creating User-friendly and Accessible Spaces

John Sylvestre, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, understands the unique needs of the older adult population and is knowledgeable about home modifications, design-build remodeling, and solutions to common barriers. John earned his CAPS credential in the 20th-century and has been helping his clients age in place for decades.

A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designs spaces with the needs of older folks in mind. Many people develop arthritis or lose strength in their hands as they age. This tiled shower seat has an accessible handle. Levers do not require as much dexterity or hand strength to use.

aging in place bathroom with curbless shower

Aging-In-Place Bathroom Design for St. Paul Condo

We transformed this owner’s bathroom with a universal design, creating a beautiful space filled with light that is also accessible for all. The 2×2 inch tiles on the floor of the curbless shower provide more grip and help prevent slips. They meet both comfort and code standards for universal design. Read more.


Aging in Place: Stay in the Home You Love

If you love your house, you will want to stay in it as long as possible. Our award-winning expertise in Universal Design can help you have the aesthetics and comfort you desire today while seamlessly building in the functional characteristics you and your loved ones may need in the future.

Download our free e-book, Remodeling for Your Future: Preserve your lifestyle. Stay in the home you love!


Give John a call at 612-861-0188 or fill out our Getting Started Form if you’d like to explore possibilities for your own Universal Design!