Latest News from Age Safe® America
June 18, 2019
Age Safe® America Announces the Home Care Association of America as a Preferred Partner
Seniors, family members and homeowners are looking to Age Safe America for trusted information on home safety and aging-in-place solutions.
Age Safe America, LLC and Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) have negotiated an opportunity for all HCAOA Members to be preferred home care providers on the nationwide Age Safe® Services Registry. The Registry refers vetted professionals to aging Americans and their families. Members of the Age Safe Services Registry undergo a “best practices” background screening by their US based partner and/or belong to a reputable industry association and/or carry recognized professional credentials.
The Age Safe Services Registry is the only national network of Senior Home Safety Specialists™ and Aging Services Providers with a focus on home safety and independent living. As a trusted source, Age Safe America receives inquiries from seniors and their adult children looking for a myriad of services, products, recommendations and solutions to successfully grow old in the place they choose; which for 9 out of 10 older Americans is their own home.
The Home Care Association of America is the leading trade association for the home care industry. Since its founding, HCAOA has made standards of care and patient safety central to its mission. Through its Standards and Ethics Committee, HCAOA has developed guidelines for the hiring, screening, training, and supervising of caregivers at all levels, often going beyond what is required by state regulations.
HCAOA membership eligibility requirements highlight the values and practices that separate HCAOA members from other providers in the home care market. For example, HCAOA members are required to hire their caregivers as W2 employees, rather than independent contractors. While families may be tempted to hire caregivers working as independent contractors because they generally work for a lower hourly rate, they often fail to understand that their liability exposure can be even greater as they essentially become their caregivers’ employer.
“Quality home care services is an essential part of a successful aging in place plan, and Age Safe America’s vision and core values align well with HCAOA,” said Phil Bongiorno, Executive Director of Home Care Association of America. “This partnership represents a leap forward in access to full-service care for the millions of seniors choosing to age at home. Our member providers will be able to forge new partnerships with other key service providers, and the Age Safe® Services Registry will benefit from a wider array of home care providers.”
Age Safe America was created in an effort to help reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs. They have positioned themselves as training and consulting leaders with their Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification. Since 2015 Age Safe America has trained professionals throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East to meet the growing need for home safety assessments and aging in place home modifications. The company has trained healthcare professionals, home care providers, case managers, social workers, first responders, entrepreneurs, industry executives, assisted living communities, realtors, senior move managers, contractors, remodelers, home inspectors, handyman services, as well as staff and leadership of non-profit and Fortune 100 companies.
“We are very excited to initiate this partnership with the HCAOA and its quality membership. So far this year the Registry has seen considerable growth. Currently we are working with other leading industry associations and organizations with the same high level of standards to continue building the Registry nationwide,” said Steven Bailey, Managing Director of Age Safe America, LLC.
About Age Safe America, LLC
Age Safe® America is a national membership, training and advocacy organization. Since 2015 the company has been directed by recognized experts in fall prevention, senior home safety, aging- in-place, universal design, home modifications, environmental assessment, and marketing to seniors and aging boomers. They provide training, consulting, certifications, product reviews, tools, resources and support to businesses and organizations providing products and services to seniors and their adult children.
About Home Care Association of America
Founded in 2002, the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) is the industry’s leading trade association – currently representing nearly 3,000 companies that employ more than 500,000 caregivers across the United States. HCAOA serves as the home care industry’s unified voice. Representing a diverse number of small, mid-level and large corporations, HCAOA unites the industry through speaking with one voice in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country. HCAOA protects industry interests, promotes industry values, tackles barriers to growth and takes on industry-wide issues.
February 6, 2019
The new year is starting out strong for Age Safe® America with new partnerships, alliances and affiliations. Age Safe® America is excited to announce the release of their first 2 consumer courses coming out in Q2 2019. These courses will be distributed by Age Safe® America, Employers, EAP Programs, Associations, Foundations and Community Colleges, as well as marketed on Social Media and through Affiliates. There will also be licensing and white label projects announced with national organizations.
Seniors, Family Members and Homeowners are looking to Age Safe® America for trusted information on Home Safety and Aging-In-Place Solutions and Products. Our 2 New Consumers Courses coming will drive additional inquiries to Age Safe® America for resources and solutions. The launch of the Age Safe® Services Registry has already garnered much attention from professionals in the aging services industry such as Senior Home Safety Specialists™, OT’s, remodeling contractors, grab bar installers, handyman services, smart home tech, PERS, home security, HME, LTC insurance providers, reverse mortgage, realtors, elder law attorneys, financial advisors, assisted living communities…and many more products and services providers.
December 31, 2018:
Age Safe® America and Mark Hager of Age in Place Networks, LLC which consists of AgeInPlace.com and MarkHager.com formed an alliance to develop a focused training program to assist non-clinical OT’s and would-be entrepreneurs to better engage the aging in place market. The course will be available in late February 2019. Mark is a consultant, adviser, speaker, on-air expert, publisher and entrepreneur. Mark helps leaders reach, market and sell to their best customers over age 50. Age in Place Networks, LLC was founded in 2008 with a vision to help seniors, adult children and caregivers learn more about the concept of aging in place. AgeInPlace.com has grown to be one of the most visited sites on the Internet to learn about living as long as possible in the home of your choice as you age.
December 3, 2018:
Age Safe® America and the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) formed a partnership and marketing agreement to benefit their members through training, certification and differentiation. Founded in 2002, the HCAOA is the industry’s leading trade association – currently representing over 2,700 companies that employ more than 500,000 caregivers across the United States. HCAOA serves as the home care industry’s unified voice in Washington, D.C. and state governments across the country. Representing a diverse number of small, mid-level and large corporations, HCAOA unites the industry through speaking with one voice in state capitals and Washington, D.C.. Age Safe America and their PARTICIPATING PROVIDER program was featured in the December issue of the HCAOA Voice magazine.
September 18, 2018:
Age Safe America, LLC renewed it’s agreement with Reliable Background Screening in Scottsdale, AZ to be their exclusive provider of “best practice” background checks. Reliable conducts thorough background checks on all our new members. For over a quarter of a century, Reliable Background Screening has mitigated risk for thousands of clients by providing expert advice and unparalleled quality services. Reliable Background Screening is an award winning company with an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, and endorsed by numerous organizations, including Age Safe America.
Announcement: September 11, 2018
Design Week at the Anchorage Museum!
Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Director of Education, Age Safe® America, is excited to present “Universal Design-Hiding in Plain Sight!” on Thursday, Sept 13th at the Anchorage Museum. Her talk will emphasize the components of universal design and the safety and convenience features. She will also be discussing the concepts of visitability and livability as we make our homes safer as we age and incorporate the needs and preferences for multiple generations. Learn More:
Announcement: November 29, 2017
Age Safe® America, LLC with begin offering a Canadian version of the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ designation through Age Safe Canada by Spring of 2018.
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: https://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