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April 6, 2021 – Age Safe® America Launches its Family Caregiver Essentials™ Course as a Free Resource to a Growing Army of Heroes
Approximately 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to older adults and adults with disabilities, most while managing a job or other responsibilities.
Age Safe America, LLC is pleased to offer the Family Caregiver ESSENTIALS™ online program to empower and support this invisible army. Being a Caregiver doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and most family caregivers feel overwhelmed and under trained. This online video course offers real world advice for caregiving for aging parents or loved ones with short or long-term chronic illness. The information is presented by two professionals with personal experience and perspective on important topics that are essential tools in caregiving.
The free online program provides individuals with actionable ways to fulfill their role more effectively. Caregiving can happen suddenly or evolve over time and this program has topics along the entire spectrum of the caregiving experience. Individual modules address important topics such as care advocacy, creating care teams, self-care, impacts on home and career life, as well as planning for the legal and financial implications of caregiving.
This is not an academic course; this is the manual everyone can use when suddenly… you’re a caregiver. Each participant can choose to view all the modules or pick the most relevant topics to start. The comprehensive program also includes a downloadable study guide and extensive references and resources. In addition, businesses, organizations and municipalities can contact Age Safe America to obtain a distribution license to offer the course to their clients or members.
“Since the many challenges of caregiving accelerated in 2020, our Age Safe® Services Registry has seen considerable growth. Currently we are working directly with those we have trained and certified along with leading industry associations and organizations with a professional ethics standard. This enhances our ability to help support older adults and their family members with a myriad of needs including matching them with a certified Senior Home Safety Specialist™ to perform a comprehensive home safety assessment, vetted professional remodelers, or local home care providers nationwide,” said Steven Bailey, Managing Director of Age Safe America, LLC.
Age Safe America has trained professionals throughout eight countries and has earned the reputation as a leader in the aging-in-place space with their Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification. They have trained healthcare professionals, home care agencies, 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 non-profit and Fortune 100 companies.
The Family Caregiver ESSENTIALS™ is their first consumer program and a perfect way to introduce millions of families to the Age Safe® Services Registry. The program is available at no cost through the Age Safe America website. Go here to learn more and register for Free Access: https://agesafeamerica.com/family-caregiver-essentials/
About Age Safe America, LLC
Age Safe® America is a national membership, training and advocacy organization. Since 2015 the company has been led by nationally 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.
January 26, 2021 – Age Safe® America is Proud to be Recognized as an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider for Continuing Education
This coveted recognition by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as an Approved Provider expands continuing education opportunities for their members and builds further credibility for Age Safe America as a training leader.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has recognized Age Safe America, LLC as an Approved Provider for continuing education courses to its members. The purpose of the AOTA Approved Provider Program (APP) is to promote high quality and relevant professional development activities for occupational therapy practitioners that support best practice services to consumers. By becoming an AOTA Approved Provider, Age Safe America has demonstrated the ability to comply with required systems, policies, procedures, and educational practices appropriate for occupational therapy practitioners in a manner that meets AOTA APP Criteria and Guidelines.
One of the most recognized online courses offered by Age Safe America is the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification which offers a holistic approach to home safety for seniors and their families, and has been taken by professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The course empowers professionals 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, as well as performing a very comprehensive 240-point home safety assessment.
Occupational therapy professionals are vital contributors to the well-being and safety as clients recover from a fall or injury, cope with progressive conditions or simply need to learn easier, safer ways to remain independent in their homes. As we grow older, we start to lose strength and mobility. Tasks that were once easy become increasingly more difficult. It’s important that a home is accommodating of these changes. Occupational therapists are trained, professional advocates for aging at home. Major programs and activities of the American Occupational Therapy Association are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational therapy services, improving consumer access to health care services, and promoting the professional development of members.
Accidental falls among the elderly have become epidemic in America. Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. “Now more than ever, the home environment is top of mind. Safety for older adults, and all ages, represents an opportunity for healthcare providers to use the valuable training offered by Age Safe America to ensure a brighter, safer future”, said Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Director of Education for Age Safe America, LLC
About Age Safe America, LLC
Age Safe® America is a national membership, training and advocacy organization. Since 2015 they have trained professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They have trained OT’s, PT’s, MD’s, RN’s, Care Managers, Social Workers, First Responders, Mobility Professionals, Home Care Agencies, Contractors, Remodelers, Home Inspectors, Handyman Services, Entrepreneurs, Executives, Realtors, Assisted Living Communities, Non-Profit and Fortune 100 Companies. 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. To learn more about Age Safe America visit https://agesafeamerica.com/
December 1, 2020 – Age Safe® America Salutes TruBlue Total House Care® for Earning the 100% Commitment Award
This coveted award is only given to organizations that have demonstrated a system-wide commitment to obtaining the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification.
Accidental falls among the elderly have become epidemic in America. Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Most falls happen in and around the home, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature loss of independence. The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course empowers professionals with actionable ways to better help educate clients, older adults and their family members on the serious issues of home safety, fall prevention, crime prevention, financial exploitation and personal safety.
Age Safe® America is pleased to present their highest award for participation to the TruBlue Total House Care® franchise. And as part of their ongoing commitment, all new franchisees will be required to complete the Age Safe® America, Senior Home Safety Specialist™ training and certification as part of their onboarding training. Now TruBlue franchisees will not only be able to perform a comprehensive home safety assessment, but also be able complete the necessary modifications to ensure that homeowners remain safe and confident in their homes.
Aging is a natural part of life. As we grow older, we start to lose strength and mobility. Tasks that were once easy become increasingly more difficult. It’s important that a home is accommodating of these changes. TruBlue provides peace of mind for seniors and their families knowing that their loved ones and their homes are being cared for. “Whether it is assessing a home for aging-in-in-place modifications, handyman services, yardwork, cleaning or just light chores, families don’t have to worry about their loved ones doing too much or living in an unsafe environment,” said TruBlue President Sean Fitzgerald.
Over the last few months Age Safe America has seen an increase in organizations and franchise networks joining their Preferred Partner program and moving towards obtaining the 100% Commitment Award. The two main drivers are showing clients and prospective clients their team is committed to senior home safety, and gaining a differentiator in the marketplace. And as a trusted 3rd party, referrals from the Age Safe® Services Registry helps to build consumer confidence, validate credibility and position providers in a consultative selling position. “The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ designation is a valuable differentiator, proven revenue generator, and a doorway to the $7 Trillion Longevity Economy”, says Steven Bailey, Founder/Managing Director of Age Safe America, LLC.
November 9, 2020 – HomesRenewed Coalition Mobilizes to Drive 2021 Legislation to Help Older Americans Age in Place and Stave Off Looming Housing Crisis
– Coalition calls on new Congress to act quickly to create tax and other incentives to make safer homes in the face of COVID 19, update homes for aging in place to improve the health and well-being of Americans and rebuild the economy with increased construction jobs –
November 9, 2020, Washington, D.C. – HomesRenewed Coalition, the leading organization championing home updates for living well throughout the modern lifespan, is mobilizing the leaders of the home renovation, homecare, technology, and others serving older Americans living in the community to call on the 117th Congress to include needed tax and other incentives in 2021 legislation. These incentives will enable Americans to upgrade their homes for safety and meet changing needs as well as to help the economy with construction jobs.
“This is a quickly-moving group effort bringing together builders and remodelers, manufacturers and distributors, as well as healthcare providers to ensure that our aging population’s housing needs are understood and addressed in upcoming legislation,” said Louis Tenenbaum, Founder and CEO. “It is urgent that Congress acts. Research shows that more than 80 percent of Americans want to age in place. This is the perfect storm: Covid-19 laid bare the dangers of living in long-term group care facilities, jobs are needed; and healthcare costs are going through the roof. But safe and appropriate housing just isn’t available today. We need government incentives to drive consumers to upgrade their homes now.”
The non-partisan, nation-wide group is growing quickly. Major supporters of this legislative campaign include VGM-LIve at Home, Lifewise Clinical Home Modifications, Accessible Systems, HandyPro, Age Safe America, and Legal Eagle Contractors.
“We encourage our colleagues to join us in this effort and grow the movement for better, safer housing for older Americans,” said Tenenbaum. Click here for more information and here to join. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About HomesRenewed Coalition
Aging in place is the most economical, and by far the preferred, housing option for the increasing number of older Americans who reap the benefits of longevity but also face the challenges posed by declining health and fixed incomes. Non-partisan, the HomesRenewed Coalition is the leading organization championing home updates for living well throughout the modern lifespan. Its goal is to increase the number of houses updated for aging in place. Its members include leaders of the sectors that have a stake in making homes safe, including builders and remodelers, manufacturers and distributors, healthcare and homecare providers, technology and medical equipment companies, and others.
For more information, please visit: www.homesrenewedcoalition.com
To learn more about the Coalition’s incentives proposals, please visit: https://www.homesrenewedcoalition.com/incentives/
Contact: Vicki Stearn
For HomesRenewed Coalition M: 301-233-0200
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August 18, 2020 — Age Safe® America Chooses the National Association of the Remodeling Industry as a Preferred Partner
Seniors, family members and homeowners are looking to Age Safe® America for trusted information and referrals on home safety assessments and aging-in-place solutions. Age Safe America, LLC and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI®) have negotiated an opportunity for all NARI Members to be preferred remodeling and service providers on the nationwide Age Safe® Services Registry. The Registry refers vetted professionals to aging Americans and their families. All Registry Members undergo a “best practices” background screening, belong to a reputable industry association and/or carry recognized professional credentials. NARI’s roots go back to 1935, and today is the leading trade association committed to the professional remodeling industry and serving as an ally to homeowners. Since its’ founding, NARI has stood for professionalism in the remodeling world. Members include professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, lenders and other professionals vetted through 44 chapters nationwide. The NARI Code of Professional Ethics is a key statement to consumers and other professionals as to level of importance that ethics holds to the organization and its members. As part of its ongoing mission to set the gold standard for remodeling, NARI membership eligibility requirements highlight the values and practices that separate NARI members from others in the home modification market. DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE
July 4, 2020 — Age Safe® America Celebrates 5 Years of Service.
Never before has home safety and independence been more top of mind than right now. Now more than ever, the dedication to our mission and vision is vital. We continue to be a trusted name for all those choosing to “age safe at home”, and a source of confidence and peace of mind to their family members. For our seniors and caregivers (both family and professional), we continue to provide training and tools to make the best decisions for home safety so they can maintain their freedom and independence. Read More: https://agesafeamerica.com/age-safe-america-celebrates-5-years-of-service/ Dowload the Press Release
March 7, 2020 — Age Safe® America was a proud sponsor of the 2020 Western Regional OT Spring Symposium (WROTSS) in Las Vegas.
Representatives from Occupational Therapy Associations of the states of AZ, ID, NM, NV, HI, CA, and UT and over 300 attendees had the opportunity to hear international, national, and local OT leaders at this conference. Age Safe America’s Director of Education, Fritzi Gros-Daillon was present to network with leaders from around the country, enjoy speakers and meet attendees. Read More: https://agesafeamerica.com/2020-western-regional-ot-spring-symposium/
March 2, 2020 — TruBlue Total House Care Launches Franchise-Wide Senior Home Safety Assessment Certifications through Age Safe® America.
TruBlue is a full-service house care company that provides a helping hand around the home with handyman, maid, yardwork and senior home safety services. TruBlue is pleased to announce that the franchise is implementing a system-wide Senior Home Safety Certification program through Age Safe® America. As part of this program, all new franchisees will be required to complete the Age Safe® America Senior Home Safety Specialist™ training and certification. As specialists, TruBlue franchisees will not only be able to perform Senior Home Safety Assessments, but also be able complete the modifications, rather than leaving homeowners to find contractors for each punch-list item. See Press Release:
February 6-8, 2020 —- Home Care 20/20 Lead With Vision Summit
Age Safe® America Director of Education and Advocacy, Fritzi Gros-Daillon presented an important seminar at the Vision 20/20 Summit held by CA Home Care Resource, entitled “Senior Home Safety Specialist™ Program as a Business Builder”. This 2 ½ day leadership summit assembled the industry’s leading thinkers who are advancing their organizations and shifting traditional models to respond to changing healthcare needs. Fritzi’s workshop outlined a senior home safety program for home care company owners and franchisees. Age Safe® America’s Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification offers a market differentiator for home care companies and risk management mitigation. Improved client safety in the home leads to greater caregiver safety and lower workers compensation claims and rates. It also improves the well being of the client and the stress reduction for family members. This certification is also a business builder as a referral source from the professional services registry at Age Safe® America.
January 18, 2020 — Fritzi Wins NAHB 2019 Educator of the Year Award!
Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Director of Education for Age Safe® America traveled to Las Vegas this week to receive the NAHB 2019 Educator of the Year award at the 2020 NAHB International Builders Show®. During the Designation Reception Fritzi said, “Having taught CAPS and Universal Design courses to 300 students from 22 states in the last four years; it has been a privilege to have this platform to share vital information that changes lives for professionals and the myriad of clients and families they will serve.” Read More: https://agesafeamerica.com/fritzi-wins-nahb-2019-educator-of-the-year-award/
12/31/2019 – Age Safe America, LLC now has Senior Home Safety Specialist™ (SHSS) graduates in all 50 states and 6 other countries. Plus fully trained and coached Advisor Members in 34 States and Canada.
Since 2015 Age Safe® America has trained professionals throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. We have positioned ourselves as a training and consulting leader in the Aging in Place space with our Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification. We have trained OT’s, COTA’s, PT’s, PTA’s, MD’s, RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s, CSA’s, Family Caregivers, Case Managers, Social Workers, First Responders, College Professors, Entrepreneurs, Industry Executives, Home Care Agencies, Assisted Living Communities, Healthcare Networks, Realtors, Contractors, Remodelers, Home Inspectors, Handyman Services, Non-Profit and Fortune 100 Companies. Our Vision is to affect the safety, security and longevity of the world’s aging population. Age Safe® Live Well.
November 15, 2019 – Age Safe® America forms Outreach and Advocacy Partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
September 9, 2019 — The Continuing Education Institute of Illinois (CEII) announces CEU’s to Nurses nationwide for completing the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification course.
Cynthia Germain, Executive Director Continuing Education Institute of Illinois
August 12, 2019 — Age Safe America, LLC brings on Director of Health & Safety Product Sales
Kristopher Rench, OT, SHSS was appointed Director of Health & Safety Product Sales for Age Safe® America. Kris will oversee all our technology partners and product sales. Kristopher is an Occupational Therapist with 17 years experience as a clinician, manager, and clinical trainer in various geriatric settings. He has experience in nursing home management and for the last 6 years, in homecare. His passion is utilizing technologies to enable seniors to successfully age in place. He is certified as a Myoskeletal Therapist through the Freedom From Pain Institute. He is a Certified Low Vision Specialist, and an expert in dementia. As an Age Safe America Advisor Member, he blended his skills as a landlord with his skills as an OT to provide aging in place solutions throughout New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts. Kris is a contributing author for the Geriatric Care Manager Handbook; writing about home safety assessment essentials and geriatric technologies.
July 4 2019 — Age Safe America, LLC Celebrates it’s 4-Year Anniversary… https://agesafeamerica.com/age-safe-america-celebrates-4-years-of-service/
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