Debbie Grazioso, partner and marketing manager of P&D Remodeling, LLC in Middletown, has been named the 2011 Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders.

The award recognizes her successful efforts to raise awareness of the importance of incorporating universal design and aging-in-place features into residential remodeling and renovation projects. Universal design transforms a home to accommodate to people of various abilities and needs. Aging-in-place modifications modify a home for a specific disability, including barrier-free showers, kitchen makeovers, widened doorways, ramps and more, to a home.

“Debbie takes every opportunity available to point out the importance of creating a home that’s safer and easier to operate for older adults and those with disabilities,” said Mike Davis, chairman of the CAPS Board of Governors.

“Debbie seeks out home shows where she can show consumers how barrier-free showers, grab bars and other assistive technologies can enhance these home owners’ independence so they can stay in their own homes longer – especially if they consult with a remodeler, occupational therapist or other professional with the CAPS  educational designation,” Davis said.

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists must complete 24 hours of classroom instruction to learn the technical, business management and customer skills essential for competing in the growing home modifications for aging-in-place market. CAPS designees must meet continuing education requirements designed to keep their designations current.
Grazioso is available to speak, at no charge, to organizations about universal design and aging-in-place modifications.

She and other leading industry professionals were recognized at NAHB’s Designation Achievement Reception at the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

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