Fritzi Gros Daillon

Certified Aging in Place Specialist and Instructor whose perspective, experience and expertise brings valuable home safety solutions to older adults and their families.

CAPS TRAINING

NAHB’s (CAPS) Certified Aging in Place Specialist Designation
brings market differentiation to building and health care professionals.

Aging in Place

Planning to live in your current home for years to come?
Mom or dad take a fall and were afraid to tell you?
Safety and security an issue for you or a loved one?

Aging in Place

Let’s evaluate your home for now and for the future

FRITZI GROS-DAILLON

Founder & CEO

Fritzi Gros-Daillon is Director of Education and Advocacy for Age Safe America and a NAHB-approved instructor for the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation and Universal Design/Build. 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 Director of Education and Advocacy with Age Safe America. Since 2015 Age Safe® America has trained professionals from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Europe and the Middle East. Age Safe America has positioned itself as a training and consulting leader in the Aging in Place space with our Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification. Fritzi’s role includes training new advisor members on business topics, home safety assessments, and communication skills to facilitate important conversations for older adults and their adult children and grandchildren as well as marketing and networking. She was instrumental in development of a new online course, Family Caregiver Essentials, designed to support individuals, caregivers and families faced with the challenges of caregiving.

Age Safe America has trained OT’s, COTA’s, PT’s, PTA’s, MD’s, RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s, CSA’s, Family Caregivers, Case Managers, Social Workers, First Responders, College Professors, Entrepreneurs, Industry Executives, Home Care Agencies, Assisted Living Communities, Healthcare Networks, Realtors, Contractors, Remodelers, Home Inspectors, Handyman Services, Non-Profit and Fortune 100 Companies.

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 successful entrepreneur and savvy veteran in Senior Move Management, Environmental Consulting and Aging in Place Home Safety and Modification. Her Master’s in Business from Columbia University, combined with Certified Senior Advisor.

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.

Hey Fritzi, I wanted to share with you that the Mortgage Department Director came to my office and told me that Jim McCall had given you excellent reviews and to me by finding you.  According to him “I don’t know how many people he had to go through but the one he found was outstanding”. Oscar C.

Fritzi has recently joined Age Safe America as the Chief Advocacy Officer. Age Safe America is a membership association helping advisors build home safety businesses across the United States. Fritzi’s role includes training new members on business topics, home safety assessments, and communication skills to facilitate important conversations for older adults and their adult children and grandchildren as well as marketing and networking. Launched in February 2016, Age Safe America has members in California, Florida, Kansas, Georgia and Pennsylvania already on board and building relationships in several other states such as Delaware, Maryland and Texas.

CAPS Training/Certification

CAPS Training & Certification in San Diego County & beyond.

CAPS Training/Certification

CAPS Training & Certification in San Diego County & beyond.

CAPS Training/Certification

CAPS Training & Certification in San Diego County & beyond.

CAPS 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.

I wanted to send a quick thank you to you for the amazing training last week.  It was very informative and I personally learned a lot. Theresa S.

CAPS TRAINING CLASSES 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.

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

Thank you Fritzi for a great 3 days of Training! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of those three days. There was so much information!! I could see being there for another day. It was perfect to have it while everyone was away for Spring Break as well.

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. Erica C.

Course 1

CAPS I

Member Price … $250
non-member … $300

 

Marketing and Communicating with the Aging in Place Client (CAPS I)

This course equips participants with the knowledge and tools to effectively market and sell services to the aging-in-place (AIP) market.

Course 2

CAPS II

Member Price … $250
non-member … $300

 

Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place (CAPS II)

Identify common challenges within the home and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients.

Course 3

CAPS III

Member Price … $250
non-member … $300

 

Details & Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging In Place (CAPS III)

Introducing design solutions and techniques for professionals whose clients require specialized design and equipment to live and thrive.

Course 1

CAPS I

Member Price … $250
non-member … $300

 

This course equips participants with the knowledge and tools to effectively market and sell services to the aging-in-place (AIP) market.

As a graduate of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify access points and marketing opportunities within targeted AIP segments.
  • Explain how allied professionals can collaborate effectively to serve a targeted AIP market.
  • Identify common challenges of functioning in a real-world environment for the AIP population.
  • Enhance the client consulting process with effective needs assessment and communication techniques.

This course is required for the NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation. It can be an elective for the Master CSPP and CGA designations.

Course 2

CAPS II

Member Price … $250
non-member … $300

 

Identify common challenges within the home and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients.

  • Identify special considerations for estimating, scheduling and executing the job while the client is in residence.
  • Identify legal and contractual considerations for building professionals providing AIP design solutions for residential clients.
  • Describe the categories of design and how they relate and apply to the three AIP market segments.
  • Describe specific design concepts for the AIP client.

This course is required for the NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist. It can be used as CEs for NAHB CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, CSP, Master CSP, CMP and MIRM

Course 3

CAPS III

Member Price … $250
non-member … $300

 

Details & Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging In Place (CAPS III)

This course builds on the CAPS I and CAPS II courses (which are prerequisites for this course) by introducing design solutions and techniques for professionals whose clients require specialized design and equipment to live and thrive comfortably in their homes. Whole house product specification and installation techniques will be covered accompanied by practical, hands-on activities.

This course qualifies for:

  • 6 CE for AIBD
  • 0.6 AOTA CEUs
  • 6 AIA/CES HSW Learning Units
  • 6 NAHB CE for: CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, CSP, Master CSP, CMP, MIRM

Age Safe America Senior Home Safety Specialist

Our goal is to provide a holistic curriculum and a fresh look at many issues affecting seniors endeavoring to age safe at home.

Approximately one-third of adults age 65 years or older fall in their home each year, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature loss of independence. By the year 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the cost related to these kinds of injuries to be nearly $67 Billion annually. In an effort to help reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs Age Safe America now offers the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course.

The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course empowers professionals with actionable ways to better help educate clients, older adults and their family members on the serious issues of home safety, fall prevention, financial exploitation and personal safety. This comprehensive 5 1/2 hour self-paced audio/video course offers the only certificate of its kind to individuals within the senior services industry. This important training consists of a 17-module self-study educational program with a quiz after each section that participants must pass in order to continue. Upon successfully completing the entire course, you will receive an attractive Certificate along with a digital copy of the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ emblem for use on your social sites and marketing materials.

Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Director of Education and Advocacy at Age Safe® America and graduate of the Columbia Business School 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, director of education and advocacy at Age Safe America. “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.”

Age Safe America, is a training, advocacy, and consulting organization that serves as a hub for people or small businesses looking to enter the home-safety industry. Companies like Age Safe America 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.”

Speaking Engagements

ANCHORAGE MUSEUM, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

I’ll be speaking this Thursday, September 13th at Anchorage Museum during Design Week

visit: www.anchoragemuseum.org/programs/special-events/anchorage-design-week-2018/

download schedule: www.anchoragemuseum.org/media/12096/dw-2018-at-a-glance-schedule-829.pdf

WORKSHOPS

Our team at Household Guardians is passionate about our desire to help two generations – seniors and their adult children as they face the tough issues of aging-in-place and making downsizing decisions.  We bring understanding to the issues, information about services, and desperately needed options to people who are just beginning this journey or who have already traveled along its path. We share our expertise and very personal experience in working with several hundred families over the years. We have delivered the message at national conventions on healthy homes, senior moving management and aging in America. We also speak locally and regionally to audiences in community centers, chambers of commerce, churches, schools and clubs.

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
    (2 presentations)
  • 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 Build & Design Training

Universal Design delivers a living environment that is not dependent on someone’s height, size, physical ability, strength, or age. It provides all the functional and operational aspects of a home (controls, doorways, passageways, appliances, fixtures, closets, cabinets, windows, door and cabinet hardware, and more) so it can be used by essentially anyone, whether they live there or are just visiting.

Universal Design is being heralded by NKBA, AIA and ASID one of the top trends for our industry in the coming years.

How will you bring your knowledge and skill-set up to this demand? This two-day workshop will teach you how to incorporate these principles into your work  whether you are a designer, architect, contractor, occupational therapist or a vendor.

Who should take this Workshop?

For those interested in accessibility, visit-ability, safety, comfort, security, and the convenience aspects of aging-in-place design.  Anyone who desires this knowledge should take it, even if they have not completed any or all of the CAPS courses!

If you are CAPS certified, this workshop is a companion course which will expand on that material. It provides 12 hours of CE credit (all that isneeded for a 3-year renewal cycle).  It is an excellent complement to the CAPS courses.

FRITZI GROS-DAILLON

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 for Age Safe America.

The Universal Design/Build Workshop
covers the following topics in its two days (12 hours) of instruction:

  • Overview – what is UD and how does it benefit your clients and your business?
  • Developing a UD Program – how to gather the information you need to begin the UD design process.
  • Foundations, entrances and exterior routes of travel – getting into and out of a home and making it attractive.
  • Interior passages and vertical circulation – moving throughout the home easily.
  • Indoor environmental quality – how do acoustics, lighting and air quality affect our clients?
  • Doors and windows- choices to improve convenience and function.
  • Kitchen – guidelines for designing spaces that are equally comfortable for everyone.
  • Bathroom and bedroom – how to enhance the health, wellness and accessibility
  • Specialty areas and utilities – laundry area, home office, pet space, and flex space.
  • Technology’s role in Universal Design — how can technology contribute to the safety, convenience and energy efficiency of a home.
  • Marketing and communication – how to talk about Universal Design and use it in your marketing.
  • The world of UD resources to help you.

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.

 

Community/Facility Assessments

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!

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