Garrett Adams has announced the launch of Stay Renovations, LLC, a home modification business specializing in helping seniors age gracefully in the homes – a concept known as “Aging In Place”.
The business will focus on retrofitting homes in efforts to make the difficult changes in life more accessible. An example might be adding an electronic lift for stairs or removing a tub in the bathroom and constructing and installing a curbless shower.
Adams, an experienced home renovation expert, launched Stay Renovations after helping his own father with a disability overcome accessibility challenges in his home. “My Dad struggles with Multiple Sclerosis and we couldn’t find anyone in the Chicagoland area to help modify the home to meet his specific needs,” said Adams, who is currently a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Home Builders.
With the first generation of the 75 million baby boomers in the United States reaching retirement age this year, Stay Renovations is part of a growing trend of CAPS remodelers who, according to the NAHB, are trained in the technical and service skills “in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.”
CAPS professionals evaluate a person’s condition, potential fall hazards or obstructions in the home, and recommend solutions to transform it into a safe environment. Falling is the leading cause of death from injury in adults over the age of 65, according to the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC), with three of every five falls occurring in the home. One-third of those accidents could be prevented by making the home safer.
“Most people, if you ask them, want to remain in their own home,” Adams said. “It might be a house someone bought when they were in their 30s or 40s and now they want to stay in it until their 80s or 90s.”
Stay Renovations will work closely with caregivers, such as physical and occupational therapists, doctors and family members to fully understand a client’s needs.