If your folks have decided to stay in the family home, consider giving them a Christmas present that could ensure their safety while providing you some peace of mind. Give your parents a custom gift certificate that would offer an "aging in place" evaluation of their home -- perhaps the same house in which you were raised that has undergone very few improvements up to now. The National Association of Home Builders now has a designation for aging-in-place specialists, or CAPS. If family members or loved ones are adamant about living their remaining years in their current residence -- and an overwhelming number of seniors would prefer to stay put -- perhaps a gift-wrapped evaluation from a confident contractor could be the first step in making their lives more comfortable...
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