According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the ratio of older adults to working-age adults (also known as the old-age dependency ratio) is projected to rise. By 2020, it is estimated that there will be approximately 3.5 working-age adults for every 1 retirement-age person. By 2060, that ratio will fall to just 2.5 working-age adults for every 1 retirement-age person.
Couple this statistic with the Bureau’s calculation back in 2010 that 56.7 million people – then 19 percent of the population – is living with a disability and it is logical to assume that both of those statistics indicate a growing need for home design to be flexible enough to accommodate various physical conditions.
Bearing that in mind, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has agreed to partner with the Living in Place Institute (LIPI) to offer design professionals working in the kitchen and bath space LIPI’s Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) Certification Program.
In addition, industry studies reveal that the two most common rooms in which accidents occur are the kitchen and the bathroom. The CLIPP certification program was developed specifically to make “all homes accessible, comfortable and safe.” LIPI advocates inter-professional teaming with aligned individuals and associations/groups in all facets of home/human interaction. LIPI encourages all CLIPP professionals — and those desiring CLIPP certification — to align with the NKBA to design and build “safe, beautiful, and functional kitchen and bath spaces.”
“We are incredibly excited to have entered into this important partnership with the Living in Place Institute,” says Suzie Williford, NKBA Executive VP/Industry Relations & Chief Strategy Officer. “The NKBA is committed to providing the design profession with state-of-the-art training and education, resulting in beautifully designed homes that are functional, accessible, comfortable, and safe for everyone.”
“The Living In Place Institute is honored to have our CLIPP certified program endorsed by the NKBA,” adds LIPI co-founders and managing partners, Erik Listou and Louie Delaware. “This alliance is a win-win for current and future NKBA members who can leverage their NKBA membership to earn a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD) designation, as well as a CLIPP certification ― all from one source.”
For more information, contact the NKBA at firstname.lastname@example.org or LIPI at info@LivingInPlace.Institute.