Tim Rudkins is a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS), a designation awarded by the National Association of Home Builders. The CAPS designation program focuses on home modifications for seniors wishing to continue living at home. This is often referred to as Aging in Place. The designation and a properly carried out audit and recommendations reassures seniors that they can remain safe and secure in their own homes.
Along with his CAPS designation and practical experience in providing home services, I am a life long project manager and am certified by the Project Management Institute as a PMP (Project Management Professional). As well, I am certified in the field of green and sustainable building (LEED AP – Canada Green Building Council), which allows me to make recommendations on making the home healthier and more efficient.
I started in this field due to personal experience I had with my own parents and seniors in the community. It was difficult to find someone to come by and inspect my parents’ home as they aged and there didn’t seem to be a service out there that was professionally trained to recommend and carry out the various projects. Despite the fact that this was a common problem among many of my friends, it didn’t seem like there were many services to help!
As well, in my neighbourhood, I was often involved in helping my aging neighbours do everything from shoveling their walk to helping them get their TV and heating systems working. Even in the case where they had children, distance and lack of time made it difficult for the family members to respond to things in a timely fashion. I figured there had to be a better way!