Fritzi Gros-Daillon presents the CAPS Certification (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) program for remodelers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, designers, life care managers and all professionals working with seniors, families, or clients of any age looking to make the wisest possible decisions about their homes. Her breadth of experience and enthusiasm for teaching brings perspective, expertise and lively discussions to the classroom (even virtually!)
Join other professionals in class for continuing education, professional development or new opportunities to grow your business in the longevity economy! Fritzi will connect you with current and past students in your area to build your own professional network.
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CAPS Virtual Training for 2021
Expert training without the travel!
Oct 27 CAPS I, Oct 28 CAPS II, Oct 29 CAPS III
Nov 17 CAPS I, Nov 18 CAPS II, Nov 19 CAPS III
Dec 8 CAPS I, Dec 9 CAPS II, Dec 10 CAPS III
Special Needs: Please let us know as soon as possible if you require special assistance to fully participate.
Founder & CEO
Fritzi Gros-Daillon is NAHB’s 2019 Educator of Year for her active dedication to aging in placeacross the US and Canada. She is Director of Education and Advocacy for Age Safe America and aNAHB-approved instructor for the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation andUniversal Design Essentials. Her credentials include CAPS, CSA (Certified Senior Advisor), UDCP(Universal Design Certified Professional) and SHSS (Senior Home Safety Specialist) in addition to her MS from Columbia University.
About Fritzi Gros-Daillon
Fritzi Gros-Daillon is NAHB’s 2019 Educator of the Year, selected for her enthusiasm and professionalism, teaching CAPS and Universal Design to hundreds of students since June 2015. She earned the Master Instructor designation in 2021.
She is an approved instructor for the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), offering the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation training and Universal Design/Build. She certifies remodelers, designers, DME suppliers, occupational and physical therapists and other professionals in the three-day course. Her passion for the aging in place work has brought students from 19 states and locally to the San Diego location. Fritzi also conducts this training at client locations throughout the US, including Arizona and Alaska.
Fritzi is a founding board member of the National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) of San Diego. She has served two years as President of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) San Diego chapter and will be moving to Chairman in 2020. She currently serves on the board for the Foundation for Senior Well Being and is a former board member of San Diego County Council on Aging.
Fritzi is a successful entrepreneur and savvy veteran with Senior Move Management, Environmental Consulting and Aging in Place Home Safety and Modification businesses. Her Master’s in Business from Columbia University, combined with Certified Senior Advisor, provides important perspective to her students and clients.
Grace and Grit
Insights to Real-Life Challenges of Aging for Adult Children and Their Parents by Award Winning Author Fritzi Gros-Daillon
The challenges of moving the elderly from one home to the next are frequently faced by both generations: seniors and their adult children. This book of compelling stories about this later-in-life event, often unexpected in its timing and scope, delivers points of view from the parents, adult children, and professional move managers. These real-life issues of communication, downsizing decisions pertaining to personal possessions, and sharing and sustaining memories convey the love, compassion, disappointment, and perseverance experienced by those coping through this difficult transitional time, reminding readers that they are not alone. The grace and grit exhibited in these true stories—from loved ones, friends, and other regular people—will bring solace through inspiration.
CAPS Virtual Training and Certification Program
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer services skills essential for home modifications in the fastest-growing remodeling market.
NAHB Remodelers – in collaboration with the AARP, Home Innovation Research Labs and NAHB 50+ Housing Council – developed this program to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging in place.
All classes are held from 8 am to 4pm at The Design Institute of San Diego, 8595 Commerce Ave, San Diego 92121.
Currently all classes are held by Virtual Training through Zoom
Continuing Education Units (CEUS) for AIA, AOTA, NKBA
Special Needs: Please let us know as soon as possible if you require special assistance to fully participate.
CAPS TRAINING CLASSES IN SAN DIEGO
CAPS TRAINING CERTIFICATION IN SAN DIEGO
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program 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 aging in place.
Member Price … $750
non-Member Price … $900
The case studies really showed me how it is so vital on having different viewpoints to really see a full view of what aspects of the design and function need to work to be successful. Not sure if you had it planned to have one designer and one OT/nurse in each group. But it definitely showed how this would work in a real case scenario. I loved how the case studies really showed a real world interpretation of how a project may look like and where your team really needs to be on the same page.
Fritzi Gros-Daillon discusses aging safely in place in a recent Columbia Business magazine article entitled: The New Old, written by Sara Cravatts. Here is an excerpt.
By 2030, one in every five residents in the US will be over the age of 65. It’s the first time in the nation’s history that older people are projected to outnumber children. With the average life expectancy now at 78.7 years, there’s a growing need for increased resources. While some experts worry that housing, transportation, and healthcare infrastructures aren’t prepared, many businesses are looking at the country’s shifting demographics as an opportunity and see what’s known as the longevity economy— valued at $7.6 trillion—as a place for growth.
Among the chief concerns for aging Americans is ensuring that they or their loved ones have somewhere safe to live. Most people prefer to age in their own homes and communities, but many are not prepared, says Fritzi Gros-Daillon, MS ’81. “An AARP survey showed that about 85 percent of people want to age in place and 90 percent have done nothing to get ready,” she says.
Key to aging in place is preventing falls, the most common cause of injury among the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2020, the costs related to injuries sustained from falls will rise to $60 billion annually. Gros-Daillon ticks off the list of home modifications people should make—building ramps, installing voice-activated lights, and putting in grab bars, especially in bathrooms. “Grab bars are the new seat belts,” says Gros-Daillon. “You may not want it, but everybody needs one.”
Companies are springing up in response to the booming longevity economy; 83 percent of US household wealth is held by people over the age of 50, and members of the older population are willing to spend their money on ensuring that they can age comfortably. “With the longevity economy, the purchasing power of baby boomers is going to shift,” Gros-Daillon says. “It’s not just about ski trips anymore.”
2020 Speaking Engagements
Jan 20 IBS/KBIS in Las Vegas
Acceptance of NAHB Educator of the Year Award
Jan 24 Del Mar Home and Backyard Show
1 PM “There’s No Place Like MY Home”
Jan 25 Del Mar Home and Backyard Show
Noon “What is NARI and how does it help consumers?”
Jan 30 BIA San Diego, Sales Marketing Council
Hops & Homes Event at The Sterling Heights, Lennar Homes
6 PM “Universal Design- Hiding in Plain Sight”
Feb 7 NAIPC San Diego Chapter speaker
Presentation of San Diego County Live Well Partnership
Feb 7 20/20 Home Care Summit, San Diego
California Home Care Alliance
2 PM “Senior Home Safety Program as a Business Builder”
Feb 20 Rancho Plaza Medical Center, Menifee, CA
1 PM “There’s No Place like MY Home”
March 6-7 OTAC Western Regional Symposium, Las Vegas
Speaker on March 7th 12:30 Senior Home Safety Specialist training promotion
April 23-25 NARI Spring Symposium, St. Petersburg, FL
Sep 9 Temple Adat Shalom, Poway, CA
11 AM “Socialization as a key to aging in place”
2021 Speaking Engagements
January 26 “There’s No Place Like My Home”
Escondido Rotary – noon – virtual
February 16 Southern Utah University
Entrepreneur Program Guest Speaker
March 31 Live Webinar with Classic Home Improvement
Aging in Place-Home Modifications for all generations
There’s No Place Like MY Home
Topics on safety throughout the home environment with practical tips for implementation by family members and/or professional service providers.
Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™
Family-focused workshop on the disposition of our personal possessions, the options and implications of the decisions for the individual and the family.
Safety is Freedom
Workshop providing the steps to ensure that our home fits our current lifestyle and is adaptable for the future, giving us the freedom to pursue other interests without the nagging stress of the “what ifs”.
Decision Time for Families-Stay or Downsize?
Workshop for boomers with aging parents about the signs of change, communication skills and decisions that reflect each generation’s desire for independence, respect and control.
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Past Speaking Engagements
- American Society on Aging (Annual Conference) 2014, 2016
- National Assn. of Senior Move Managers 2008, 2009, 2013
- Society of Certified Senior Advisors 2015 (author), 2016 (August)
- San Diego Vital Aging Conference 2014, 2016 (June)
- UT Successful Aging Conference 2016 (April)
- California Occupational Therapy Conference 2015, 2016 (Sep)
- San Diego Regional Home Care Council 2014, 2015 San Diego County Council on Aging 2014, 2015 International Conference on Positive Aging 2016 (August)
Universal Design Essentials
This course parallels the NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses: Marketing and Communicating with the Aging in Place Client (CAPS I); Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place (CAPS II); and Details and Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging in Place (CAPS III), by shifting the focus from custom accessibility-related modifications to successful integration of Universal Design as part of far more single family residential construction projects (new construction as well as remodeling, affordable to luxury). The concepts discussed in this course will enable industry professionals to produce marketable projects that support the changing needs of clients over their lifetime. The audience for this course includes Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) graduates, home building industry professionals, health care professionals and the home buying consumer. While it is a novice level course and welcomes participants with little or no prior knowledge of the subject matter, having taken the CAPS courses will help participants understand the differences between “universal” and “accessible.”
By completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the significance of integrating Universal Design (UD) concepts in residential
- Describe the broad beneficiary groups of homes with universal features
- Distinguish between accessibility solutions/products and UD solutions
- Describe ways that functional design can also be attractive
- Identify and implement solutions for simple and complex scenarios that address various
household compositions, budget levels and changing needs of clients
- Use effective marketing and communication strategies throughout the process
- Locate resources, materials and services
This course qualifies for:
- 6 CE for all NAHB Designations except HCCP
Next Course: Jan 19th, 2021 (Virtual)
Founder & CEO
Fritzi Gros-Daillon is a CSA and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and instructor for NAHB. Her business, Household Guardians, is a home safety and accessibility consulting company in San Diego. She was a senior move manager in NY for 10 years and is now Chief Advocacy Officer.
Home Assessment & Consulting
Building/Remodeling Industry Consulting
For builders and re-modelers, the aging-in-place market space is expanding in exponential proportions. Remodeling projects, typically completed to meet a desire to upgrade or change, can be expanded to a more universal design approach. Extra features can be integrated into project designs to accommodate the clients today and tomorrow.
We provide the expertise, experience and perspective to work with your clients and your team to add value to the remodeling process and projects.
For managers of communities (independent and assisted living) and owners of the board and care residences, there is an inherent business risk when a client falls in their community. The likelihood that the client will be able to return, after hospitalization, rehab and the re-evaluation of the situation by anxious family members, is a significant contributor to client turnover.
Our consulting for fall risk hazards and development of fall prevention strategies can improve outcomes for the residents and the community.
We evaluate common spaces, living spaces and apartments to determine opportunities to reduce risks.
** The consulting services are available on a project basis or hourly basis.
Please contact click on contact to schedule a fall risk mitigation survey of your community as soon as possible.
Fall Prevention is Mandatory
- Nearly 90% of older adults want to age-in-place and stay independent.
- However: 85% of seniors have done nothing to prepare their homes for aging.
Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for those over 65. Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions and 40% of all nursing home admissions.
Our 240-Point Comprehensive Assessment includes the exterior of the home, electrical safety, lighting evaluation, fire safety, and all rooms including bathrooms, bedrooms, laundry room, storage areas, garage, basement, kitchen and dining room. Afterwards we prepare a summary with recommendations.
Don't wait until it's too late!
From our Blog
A Mother’s Day Lesson In 2009, I flew from New York to California to spend Mother’s Day with my mom. I was busy with a senior move management business at the time. I had learned from my senior clients that aging in place was often their first choice, not the...
Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Director of Education for Age Safe® America traveled to Las Vegas this week to receive the NAHB 2019 Educator of the Year award at the 2020 NAHB International Builders Show®. During the Designation Reception Fritzi said, “Having taught CAPS and...
A safety bar can range in price from $100 to a couple hundred dollars. Alan Blum, aka Dr. Grab Bar, recommends installing one for getting in the shower and another for while you’re in there. An inexpensive installation could be the difference between broken bones or...
By 2030, one in every five residents in the US will be over the age of 65. It’s the first time in the nation’s history that older people are projected to outnumber children. With the average life expectancy now at 78.7 years, there’s a growing need for increased...
More seniors are choosing to age-in-place, remaining at home (wherever home is, even independent and assisted living apartments) as long as they are physically able to do so. In their minds, aging-in-place allows for more freedom, safety and comfort while promoting...
Kitchen safety is among the more important types of home safety to practice for the elderly. The kitchen can be a very dangerous place for anyone, but for those 65 and older, it is even more so. Age-related changes affect the senses and reduce mobility. Cognitive...