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“11 Reasons For Taking The Certified Aging In Place Classes Online – While You Still Can”

Education & Training with Steve Hoffacker LLC

As a Master Certified Instructor for the National Association of Homebuilders Certified Aging In Place Specialist (“CAPS”) program for well over a decade, I have met, gotten to know, and educated hundreds of remodeling contractors, custom builders, occupational therapists, physical therapists, mobility equipment specialists, insurance agents, non-profit organizations, senior services, governmental agencies groups, university faculty, real estate agents, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, property managers, architects, engineers, installers, roofers, plumbers, lighting specialists, and so many other professions that work with people desiring to remain at home.

Irrespective of someone’s current physical or cognitive abilities, the type or age of the home they have now, the relative condition of it, how well it accommodates their needs, or their present numeric age, we are learning how to help anyone stay in their home more vibrantly and effectively over time with the goal of keeping them out of retirement facilities.

Until recently, this three-day training program was only available live and in-person, and I was a huge proponent of this delivery method due to the face-to-face interaction of the attendees, the exchange of information afforded by being next to each other, and the relationships built in this setting. I did not see how an online version would be beneficial, but I was mistaken.

Beginning at the end of April an experimental online format was introduced to temporarily replace the in-person programs. This is another instance where we have needed to modify what we do to accommodate changing behaviors and protocols as a result are the COVID-19 outbreak.

There have been many restrictions and guidelines on how many people can gather in a space – generally no more than ten, counting the staff members at the facility, general social distancing behavior (usually at least a six-foot separation). the need to wear face coverings, the concern about person-to-person contact, and a general desire to avoid touching or handling objects or surfaces that other people have touched.

Until further notice, this has rendered in-person classes totally ineffective, impractical, and undesirable. Even after this passes, online classes may be quite desirable as a way of taking the coursework.

With all that said, there are several reasons that people should embrace, desire, and want to attend a virtual or online version of the CAPS training. Here are eleven of them:

(1) There is no travel involved meaning that people from hundreds or even thousands of miles away from where the course is emanating, and even internationally, can attend as if it was being offered in their dining room,

(2) The fact that there is no travel means that there are no airline tickets to purchase or keep track of, no advanced check-in required prior to the flight, no packing or deciding what to take on the trip, no time allocated for getting to the airport at a reasonable time, no checking of bags, no standing in lines to pass through security, no waiting to board the plane, no traveling on the plane, and then no need of essentially repeating much of the process once landing – as well as when it’s time to return home,

(3) The fact that there is no travel also means that if someone is driving to the class rather than flying, that there is no wear and tear on their vehicle, gasoline to purchase, or concerns about driving and arriving at their destination safely – no need to leave hours in advance or to arrive back home several hours after the class has ended – totally exhausted from the drive,

(4) The fact that there is no travel means no hotels to find, book, pay for, and stay at – or meals and snacks to purchase while away from home,

(5) It also means there is no strange bed to sleep in or other adjustments to make one’s daily routine (other than attending the classes), including finding food or having someone look after the dog or younger children

(6) It means that the kitchen, bathroom, and other facilities that are necessary during the day are ones that are familiar – and that there is no waiting in line for someone else to finish what they are doing

(7) Having the classes taught in an online Zoom-type format means that each participant is essentially in the same room as the instructor even though no one has left their office, kitchen, dining room, living room, porch, or other places where they are using their computer or tablet,

(8) There is no concern about getting a good seat or a comfortable chair, being able to see and hear the presentation, having the temperature of the room too warm or cool, or having someone take up more than their share of the space at the table with what they brought with them to use

(9) There is no mask to put on and wear or concern for being too close to others during the class,

(10) There is the ability to arrive for class when it is ready to begin and not being concerned about allowing enough travel time or time to find a good (or inexpensive) parking space and any of the stress that accompanies that, and

(11) Best of all, the classroom information is presented in a very interactive way that is even better than an in-person format – not pre-recorded webinar to sit through or a slide series to watch but an actual live event with questions, comments, discussion, and interaction.

Definitely, taking the CAPS certification classes online makes sense for these, and even other, reasons. Visit my website for a schedule of upcoming dates and registration information. Take advantage of this while you can. It may not be available much longer.


John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Steve Hoffacker you are right, this is a good time to attend online classes.

May 29, 2020 05:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Steve- so good to see you!!! And you listed some excellent reasons for taking the certified aging in place classes online!!!

May 29, 2020 06:55 PM
Steve Hoffacker

Kathy, thanks for stopping by and for your comments!

May 30, 2020 07:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Steve. So nice to see you back since you were the one to invite me to the Rain. For those reading this, I can attest to the quality of these classes as presented by Steve. When more active, I took classes from Steve and they were terrific. Now is the time to take advantage of these courses. Enjoy your day! 

May 30, 2020 05:24 AM
Steve Hoffacker

Always good hearing from you, Wayne. Thanks for your continuing support!

May 30, 2020 07:24 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Steve Hoffacker - I am glad you got the post here.  I knew you would.  I hope lots in the Rain take advantage.

May 30, 2020 07:16 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Grant, appreciate your help with the Zoom issues early on. Things are rolling along quite well.

May 30, 2020 07:25 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

From what I have heard, most people are definitely more comfortable in their own homes than in a retirement facility.

Dec 31, 2021 05:15 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Steve Hoffacker - This is one of the best blog posts I've read specific for what ActiveRain was designed for! Come back! Come back! Come back! I miss reading articles like this and to get to the point, by reputable and credible people like YOU!

Aug 25, 2022 04:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I miss your posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Have an outstanding August.

Aug 04, 2023 06:43 AM
Steve Hoffacker

Roy, thank you. I appreciate your comments. Plan to drop in a post here and there. Steve

Aug 06, 2023 07:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is good to see your reply. 

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Aug 14, 2023 11:34 AM