Aging in Place Services Q & A
Why does Sage in home only list qualified “Aging in Place” service providers?
Sage in Home analyzes products that, we believe, should be selected:
- To match personal needs and goals (e.g. health related or lifestyle) and/or
- With a good understanding of feature options available to meet individual needs
We focus on product and product features that are often hard to understand, are mired in marketing jargon or are unfamiliar to many of us.
Our goal in creating our directories of service providers was to those who are most likely to be able to have experience in the importance of matching individual needs with product features. So, we selected only qualified “Aging in Place” service providers when we built out initial directories.
What does "qualified Aging in Place” mean?
“Qualified” has a different meaning, depending on the type of Aging in Place activity. In summary, the qualifications for our three service directories are:
- Retailers – both local and Internet, Medicare or product specialists
- Professionals – individuals with recognized credentials
- Businesses – companies that are:
- Owned by or employ people with recognized credentials and/or
- Members of an recognized Aging in Place Network
In the questions and answers below you can learn more about the qualification criteria for each directory. Qualifications are also detailed in the Sage Guide.
What is special about an Aging in Place retailer? I’ve never heard of an Aging in Place retailer before.
Aging in Place is about living in your home independently in safety, comfort and ease. Not all retailers understand the products and their features that will help you achieve these goals.
An Aging in Place retailer should offer services such as personalized assistance in product selection to assist you in making a better product choice.
A good Aging in Place retailer is also connected to the community and can help you find complementary services such as installation from qualified or experienced providers.
How will an Aging in Place retailer help me?
An Aging in Place retailer should offer services to assist you in making a better product choice customized to your health related needs and lifestyle goals. An Aging in Place retailer understands that our needs change over time.
A good Aging in Place retailer offers customized service and is also connected to the community of organizations, businesses and professionals that can help you live independently in your home.
How does Sage in Home work with Aging in Place retailers?
There is no cost to an Aging in Place retailer to have a basic listing on Sage in Home. Retailers can pay for an enhanced listing or advertise on Sage in Home, provided they follow our guidelines to assist you in making an unbiased decision. This is discussed more fully below under the question - Why should I care about affiliate relationships?
Retailers that have the ability to provide live prices for individual products (i.e. not an advertisement for a product category or a brand) can enter into an affiliate relationship with Sage in Home to be a member of our Marketplace in Find a Product by Feature.
Are all Aging in Place retailers local businesses?
Most Aging in Place retailers in our directory are “local” stores (less than 50 locations). However, some Aging in Place retailers sell exclusively on the Internet. It is becoming increasingly common for retailers to have both a local store and sell products on the Internet (e-commerce).
Are all Aging in Place retailers on the Internet?
No, most Aging in Place retailers sell products in stores in local areas. Refer to question above.
What is an affiliate relationship?
In our affiliate relationships, Sage in Home earns a commission from a retailer when a consumer follows a link to from Sage in Home to the retailer and makes a purchase within a defined period of time.
Affiliate relationships with retailers allow Sage in Home to:
- Show live prices in Marketplace
- Ensure that once you select a product, you can purchase that EXACT product
- Offer you a retailer’s price without any mark-up.
See Example in next question.
Why should I care about affiliate relationships?
Sage in Home wants to help you make better, unbiased decisions – with full and transparent information. First, this means providing helpful information when you are conducting product research, including live prices when available.
Second this means that once you select a product, you can buy EXACTLY the product that you chose and see live prices from retailers with no hidden mark-up.
Example: Let’s say that you are selecting a shower bench. Once you make your choice and are reviewing the product details, you will find the Marketplace section that shows live prices for the EXACT product that you have selected. By following the link you can purchase from that retailer at that price.
Sage in Home does NOT mark up the price. We earn our commissions based on the published price. Some websites offering assistance do not disclose who is actually selling the product; and some have hidden mark-ups. Note: Live prices are not available from some brands of a few highly customized products such as walk in bathtubs. In “Find Products by Feature”, only affiliate links to specific products within the product category (e.g. bath chairs). There are no links to retailers for product categories (e.g. find a bath chair on Amazon) because we want you to make a good and informed choice. General advertising (e.g. advertisements for diabetic supplies) is allowed.
How can I ensure that a professional has Aging in Place knowledge?
Ask a professional that you are considering hiring about their Aging in Place qualifications. Sage in Home ONLY lists qualified Aging in Place professionals.
The founders of Sage in Home are Certified Aging in Place Specialists and built this website to make it easier for you to find qualified Aging in Place Specialists in your local area.
Qualification Highlight: Certified Aging in Place Specialists The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has a certification program called CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist). The designation covers topics relating to the specific segment of the residential remodeling industry focused on home renovations to allow people to age at home. Learn more about CAPS here.
How can I ensure that a professional is CAPS trained?
Are there any other criteria I should look for in the hiring process?
How can I find a Professional in my local area?
I am a professional. How can I be listed in the Sage in Home directory?
I am listed in the Sage in Home directory. How can I change the information in my listing?