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Press Release: September 27, 2017
Age Safe America Declares Grab Bars Are The New Seat Belts
Today Age Safe America urged greater adoption of grab bars to reduce preventable injuries and the rising costs associated with older adult falls. There was a time many didn’t think seat belts were necessary either.
Baby Boomers are a generation that remembers cars without seat belts or clicking them closed and sitting on top of them. In the late 60’s there were many misconceptions around seat belts such as saying that seat belts would prevent passengers from escaping their cars if submerged in water or in the case of a fire. Some even felt it was actually safer to be thrown from a car in an accident. Today literally everyone agrees that seat belts are an effective injury-reducing device that saves lives; and so do grab bars. By taking the simple action of installing grab bars, Americans can significantly reduce trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults, and the skyrocketing cost of fall-related injuries.
The story of seat belts seems to mirror grab bar usage in that of convincing America’s aging demographic to use them. With grab bars, an often heard misconception is, “they look institutional”. In recent years that old argument has been glamorously overcome with a myriad of tasteful and decorative designs and colors, including various finishes such as brushed nickel and polished chrome. Today even basic bathroom accessories such toilet paper dispensers and towel racks have been redesigned with ADA compliant weight capabilities. Grab bars prevent falls and potential injuries by allowing a person to “grab” them during an emergency or in case of dizziness or loss of balance. Getting up and down from the toilet seat or in and out of the shower can be a real challenge when age, balance, strength or a disability are an issue.
Age Safe America, a national membership, training and advocacy organization dedicated to fall prevention and home safety, believes it is critical that families install grab bars as an essential means to making their homes safer for everyone. “We passionately believe there is simply no excuse not to take charge of fall prevention measures in your own home or an aging parents home. Falls have become epidemic in America, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature loss of independence. Installing grab bars is an obvious solution to preventable injuries,” says Steven Bailey, Managing Director for Age Safe America. He added that modifications such as installing grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower as well as next to the toilet may best be done by a qualified contractor or handyman.
In 2015, four times as many Americans 65+ died of unintentional falls than in auto accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released a wide-ranging report calling for action from public and private sectors to work together to reduce senior injuries at home. Here’s the score: Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Falls account for 40% of all nursing home admissions, and among those who are admitted to a nursing home, nearly half will never again return to independent living.
“Age Safe America believes it is critical that families install grab bars as an essential means to making homes safer for everyone.”
“To Americans, especially older adults, there are few virtues more important than freedom and independence. Many of our “greatest generation” rallied around this call to arms, yet a simple fall, most often in or around the home can take away both of those highly revered values for good…in the slip of a moment. As senior safety advocates and healthcare professionals we have a responsibility to make it clear to family, friends and clients that grab bars are not an option, they are a mandatory device for home safety and preserving independence,” said Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Chief Advocacy Officer for Age Safe America.
Over the years, America’s two oldest generations have had quite a love affair with the automobile. Giant fins gave way to muscle cars and the VW Beetle, but until seat belts were widely accepted and even made mandatory in 49 states, thousands died in preventable traffic fatalities. “We believe the message, Grab Bars Are The New Seat Belts, is a uniquely impactful memory to this group; who today would not think to drive without buckling-up. Hopefully this campaign will motivate us all to take steps now to reduce preventable fall injuries in the home, for our own sake and the safety of our aging parents,” said Fritzi Gros-Daillon.
Age Safe America is joined by remodelers, first responders, healthcare providers and safety professionals in echoing this very important message to consumers. Along with Lowe’s Home Improvement, who assists homeowners in purchasing quality grab bars, Grabcessories, designer of the 2-in-1 fall prevention system, and Home Access Professionals who focus on medically necessary modifications. Visit: http://agesafeamerica.com/grab-bars-new-seat-belts/
About Age Safe America, LLC
Age Safe America® is a national membership, training and advocacy organization dedicated to Fall Prevention and Home Safety. They provide training, consulting, certifications, product reviews and support to businesses serving seniors. The goal of Age Safe America is to help older adults and families enjoy the freedom and independence to “age safe at home.”
Press Release: August 8, 2017
Age Safe America Launches the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ Course
Self-paced course offers the only certificate of its kind to individuals serving seniors.
This week Age Safe America released their much-anticipated Senior Home Safety Specialist™ online course. The course empowers participants with actionable ways to better help educate clients, older adults and their family members on the serious issues of home safety, fall prevention, financial exploitation and personal safety. This comprehensive 6-hour self-paced audio/video course offers the only certificate of its kind to individuals within the senior services industry. This important training consists of a 10-module self-study educational program with a quiz after each section that participants must pass in order to continue. Upon successfully completing the entire course, participants receive an attractive Certificate along with a digital copy of the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ emblem to use in their own marketing efforts. For individuals serving seniors the confidence that comes with increased knowledge is tangible.
“Our goal is to provide a holistic curriculum and a fresh look at many issues affecting seniors endeavoring to age safe at home”, said Steven Bailey, Founder and Managing Director of Age Safe America, LLC
Approximately one-third of adults age 65 or older fall in their homes each year, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature institutionalization. By 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the cost related to these kinds of injuries to be nearly $60B a year. “In an effort to reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs, Age Safe America offers this valuable training and the only certificate of its kind to all individuals concerned with the safety, security and longevity of seniors”, stated Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Chief Advocacy Officer for Age Safe America, LLC
Senior Home Safety Specialist™ graduates include a myriad of providers involved in the care, comfort, safety and security of older adults including occupational/physical therapists, home care providers, aging-in-place professionals, contractors, handyman services, home safety professionals, senior living staff, EMS community relations, family caregivers and others committed to assisting seniors to “age safe at home”.
As a national membership, training and advocacy organization, Age Safe America is dedicated to helping older adults live safely and stay independent in their own homes. The company is directed by nationally recognized experts in fall prevention, home safety, aging-in-place, universal design, home modifications and marketing to seniors and aging boomers. Since 2015 they have provided training, consulting, certifications, product reviews, tools, resources and support to businesses and organizations serving seniors and their adult children.
To learn more about the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ program you can visit AgeSafeAmerica.com/certifications