What Does SHSS Stand For?

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Home Safety Specialist®

SHSS stands for Senior Home Safety Specialist®, a certification offered by Age Safe America, LLC. You may have seen these letters behind a providers name or noticed the emblem on a friend, colleague or competitors website, stating they have earned the Senior Home Safety Specialist® certification. SHSS certification fills an important role for senior home safety, and is the only designation of its kind for individuals within the senior services industry.


This evidence-based online 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, fire safety, crime prevention, and the importance of a comprehensive home safety assessment and recommended home modifications.


The SHSS certification (Senior Home Safety Specialist®) is gaining traction throughout all categories of providers serving our older adults and those with cognitive decline. As falls have become epidemic in America, many licensed clinicians have a sincere desire to further enhance their knowledge in and around the area of home safety and performing a comprehensive home safety aging in place assessment. Much of the coursework is universal and has been taken by professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Over the years, 99% of registrants have stated they would recommend this course to other professionals.


Often professionals are referred to the SHSS certification by their colleagues, other staff members, or required by leadership as part of their onboard training. Many are looking for an additional credential to add to their specialties; or had been referred to the course as relevant and approved professional development for obtaining necessary continuing education units. Some professionals are adding comprehensive home safety aging in place assessments as an ancillary service and additional revenue stream to existing aging services business or other business model.


Age Safe America, LLC is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of professional development; along with other leading organizations and associations that recognize the course for continuing education credit and professional development, including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM), American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), and endorsed by the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)


“We are grateful for what we have built, the number of lives we have touched and the many more we will touch in the future.”- Fritzi Gros-Daillon, Director of Education and Advocacy, Age Safe America, LLC.


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What Professionals are Saying About the SHSS…
“I learned about this course by connecting with other OTs, PTs, and other AIP professionals who were all certified Senior Home Safety Specialist®. Thank you so very much for providing such an in-depth overview on home safety and a genuine approach towards keeping our older loved ones safer! I am looking to transition from nursing home settings to home health, and I feel absolutely prepared to dive into this setting having completed this certification!” – C. Banks, Occupational Therapist


“I attended a webinar held by Physical Therapist wo had done the SHSS course offered by Age Safe America. So, I registered to do it. This was a very interesting course. There was a vast amount of information shared. Knowledge we could all use.” – E. Lewis, Physical Therapist


“Excellent course content. This is the first time that I have been exposed to this information and it was presented in an easy to understand manner.” – J. Silva, DME Specialist 


“Excellent! A coworker was informed of this course and shared it with the rest of the staff. The content of this certification exceeded my expectations. I am an aging in place specialist and have a lot of knowledge about home safety. However, I learned several new things that I will use to better serve my clients. Thank you.” – M. Johnson, Case Manager


“I work at an Adult Day Center for people with Dementia and my director asked me to complete it so we may be able to assist our families. This certification is very comprehensive and helpful in my dementia care consulting business. I look forward to getting started.” – K. Warnick, Dementia Care Consultant


“I believe that the SHSS certificate will make a great addition to my formal education and career goals. I am grateful for the training and find it as a very valuable asset for every healthcare professional particularly, those of us who chose to serve our geriatric population. From a gerontologist’s perspective, I believe that the training covers all the crucial points relatively to seniors safety.” – R. Nouboueke, Gerontologist


“Very informative modules, especially the importance of lighting, types and placement, along with the various grab bars. Also, orientation with dementia, statistical facts and important measurements. I loved the Deep Dive videos and the walkthroughs which added another layer of understanding and learning. Thank you for the lessons.” – D. LeBeau, Kinesiotherapist


“I was fortunate enough to have my company sponsor this in relation to help better serve our populations. The course was excellent and I really learned a lot. Thank you.” – A. Matthews, Nurse


“I learned about the course through my franchisor, TruBlue House Care. I am opening up a location shortly and was required to take this course. I wouldn’t change anything. It was very informative.” – V. Maffeo, Franchise Owner


“I spent a lot of time searching for a continuing ed course and very impressed by the learning objective and topics covered. This course exceeded my expectations! Highly recommend this course to all OTs!” – C. McPherson, Occupational Therapist


“As a real estate agent with a SRES accreditation, this course provided me with additional, valuable information / resources to support my clients. These two courses are totally complementary.” – J. Kotar, Realtor/SRES


“Members of my team completed the training and loved it. Very relevant to what we do and where we’re heading as a program.” – J. Latona, VA Specially Adapted Housing


“This is an informative course that should be taken by senior homecare providers and caregivers as a whole.” – S. Appiah, Home Health Provider


“I loved the course and appreciated how well done and thorough it was with the information given. I would recommend it to anyone that works with seniors.” – P. Lee, Senior Concierge


“The SHSS course was well thought out and excellently done. A lot of information but easy to follow and understand. I would recommend this course to anyone who cares for our elders. Excellent Course.” – R. Victorino, Former Deputy Fire Chief


“As a recent graduate  of CAPS, I found I was missing a comprehensive Senior Safety Evaluation. I now operate a Remodeling company, and the SHSS fits the missing part.” – R. Gregory, Builder/Remodeler


“Excellent. This is a must for not only the professionals, but for everyone who cares about aging, and living independently, safely and comfortably in their homes, and or those who are living with their elder lived ones.” – Leonora Libanan, RN/Aging Life Care Manager


“Heard of the course through a senior special interest group. I belong to the National Assn. of Productivity & Organizing (NAPO). Excellent! I would recommend this course to other professionals.” – R. Garcia, Professional Organizing


“What a wonderful course and training event for our staff with so many beneficial take-a-ways! We especially liked Communicating with Older Adults and Family Members and Fire Safety. The course content definitely met our expectations, and I would recommend it to other professionals in this field.” – A. Lattuca, Senior Living


“The Senior Home Safety Specialist course was super beneficial for my role in home health care and I found it very informative and thorough! Very often I have clients ask me questions about how they should better set up their homes to make sure they are safe so this was really helpful!” – K. Tselios, Client Care Coordinator
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