Two SC Contractors Earn Aging-in-Place Designation


LEXINGTON, S.C. – Frank Raymond and Darrell Parrish of Absolute Restorations, Inc., recently became part of a select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation, which is conferred by the National Association of Home Builders, identifying them as one of the building industry’s top professionals with skills and knowledge specific to home modifications to help aging homeowners be able to stay comfortably in their homes.

“More than 77 million Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age in the first years of the 21st century,” said Raymond. “This training allows us to help retirees, older adults or those with medical needs remain in their homes independently and continue to safely live in a familiar environment through their maturing years.”

The Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in collaboration with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB Seniors Housing Council and AARP created the Certified Aging-in-Place program. The designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry.

Those who are certified as Aging-in-Place Specialists have graduated from a program that covers home modifications, communication techniques, common remodeling projects, marketing to the aging-in-place market, common barriers and solutions, codes and standards, product ideas and resources as well as business management. As specialists, they can:

• Design and perform basic modifications to existing space to meet mobility and accessibility needs
• Understand the specific needs of the client and being able to access a wide range of products and services to meet those needs
• Provide plans for universal design additions that are functional and increase the value of the property
• Personalize project plans to meet a variety of budgetary considerations
• Provide results that are satisfying and rewarding

Both Raymond and Parrish also have completed all coursework and examinations to qualify for the Certified Home Assessment and Modification Professional (CHAMP) designation to perform medical needs home adaptive renovations for workman compensation clients.

Absolute Restorations now is the only firm in the region with certification that includes the ability to provide medical needs assessments based on medial conditions and workman’s compensation claims. Only two companies in South Carolina have this training and designation.

Raymond has owned and operated a home improvement company for more than 37 years, and has both hands on and business management experience in all aspects of residential and commercial construction.

Parrish has been with Absolute Restorations, Inc. for 8 years and has more than 14 years of hands-on experience in residential remodeling and cabinetry.

Absolute Restorations is a general contracting company that has proudly served the greater Columbia area with a full range of renovation and restoration services since 1996. Absolute Restorations has a commitment to continuing education and customer service and is licensed by the State of South Carolina and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). Staff members are individually certified in servicing homes with fire, water, odor, and smoke damage. For more information, visit or call 803-808-9599.


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