Susan Rains Earns Certified Aging in Place Specialist Designation

Susan Rains Certified Aging in Place Specialist CAPS

I am proud to say that I am now one of the

select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) DESIGNATION.

One of the most important things to me as an Interior Designer is helping homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably. Being a certified aging-in-place specialist identifies me as having the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, those with disabilities, or they're visitors.  

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging-in-place.

CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age. In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates market demographics, communication techniques, marketing, common barriers and solutions, building codes and standards, product ideas and resources and business management.

CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.

What does this aging in place designation mean for my clients?

Single Family Homeowner

If you're the kind of person that says I never want to move again. I can help you make changes to your home that will be welcome additions for comfort, convenience, and safety.

Multigenerational Home

If you live with family members of different ages or are considering becoming a multigenerational household. I can suggest thoughtful modifications that will make it easier and safer for everyone to use different areas of the house like the kitchen and bathroom.

Family Member

Do you have a family member who’s getting older? Maybe you worry about them because they are tripping more frequently or express difficulty reaching things. I can partner with their healthcare provider to create a forward-thinking design that will help increase accessibility and comfortable in their home. Your family member will be safer, and you’ll worry less.

What does this aging in place designation mean for professionals that I partner with?

Real Estate

If you are a real estate investor, I can help you increase the resale value of your properties with Universal Design. Doing so will make it more appealing to a broader range of potential buyers.

If you are a real estate agent I can assist your clients who want to modify their new home to achieve greater safety, accessibility, and convenience.

Occupational or Physical Therapist

If you are an occupational or physical therapist with clients, who will need remodeling or more simple home modifications. I can help them with design, construction, and installation that not only meets your recommendations but exceeds your client's expectations by making it beautiful.

Senior Move Managers and Senior Living Communities

If you have clients who are looking for more help above and beyond your usual repertoire. I can take care of the design details including floor plans, furniture selection, window treatments, artwork installation, and decor styling.  All with an eye on their particular needs at this stage of life

Financial Planners

If you and your client have determined that aging-in-place or downsizing is the best option for their desired future. I can be of help to create the design that will achieve their long-term needs and shape a safe, functional, and convenient home design.


I look forward to helping homeowners in the Philadelphia and Main Line area make the changes they need that will enable them to live in their homes for a long, long time.


You may be wondering why I chose to become CAPS certified. You can read more about that here

Thank you for sharing in my good news and please let me know if I can be of assistance.