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, financial exploitation and personal safety. This comprehensive 5 1/2 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 17-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, you will receive an attractive Certificate along with a digital copy of the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ emblem for use on your social sites and marketing materials.
“Our goal is to provide a holistic curriculum and a fresh look at many issues affecting seniors endeavoring to age safe at home.”
Falls account for 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations, making this the leading cause of injury-related admissions for seniors. The average Canadian senior had to stay in hospital 10 days longer for falls than for any other cause. Falls are associated with over 1/3 of admissions to long-term care facilities after being released from the hospital. Apart from personal suffering, loss of independence and lower quality of life, the costs of seniors’ injuries to the health system are enormous – approximately $3.4 billion annually is spent on direct health care costs. (approx. 6 million Canadians over 65 as of July 2016)
Approximately one-third of adults age 65 years or older fall in their home each year, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature loss of independence. In an effort to help reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs Age Safe® Canada offers the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course.
What is Covered in This Online Course:
– Fall Prevention Myths and Solutions
– Fire Safety Precautions and Solutions
– Aging-in Place Home Modifications
– Mobility and Accessibility Issues
– Home and Senior Safety Technologies
– Considerations for Alzheimer’s/Dementia
– Crime Prevention and Personal Safety
– Senior Exploitation, Identity Theft and Scams
– Communication with Older Adults and Family
– Performing a Complete Home Safety Assessment
Much of the coursework is universal and has been taken by professionals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Europe and the Middle East.
99% of registrants stated they would recommend this course to other professionals.
There are no formal educational prerequisites for this course. The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course
is offered to individuals currently involved in the care, comfort, safety and security of older adults including:
•Occupational Therapists/Occupational Therapy Assistants
•Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants
•Home Care Agencies, Home Health Care Agencies
•Wellness Program, Balance/Exercise Professionals
•Nurses: RN, LPN, NP, APN, PA, CNA’s
•Client Care Coordinators
•Geriatric Care Managers
•Home Health Providers
Affiliated Professionals Including:
•Baby/Child Proofing Services
•Home Security Providers
•Senior Placement Services
•Senior Real Estate Specialist
Trained Staff for:
•Adult Day Care
•EMS Community Relations
•Workers Comp Administrators
Due to the constantly changing nature of this industry, and to encourage ongoing continuing education, the SHSS designation is granted for a 2 year period, allowing for the ability to offer updated senior home safety best practices, studies and technologies. Graduates are required to take a refresher course every 2 years and perform 5 hours of community service. The cost of the refresher course and re-certification will be $49.00
The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course is administered by Age Safe America, LLC. Graduates of the course are neither employed by or affiliated with Age Safe® America or Age Safe® Canada. Only those graduates who are also Age Safe® Canada Business Members have agreed to abide by our Code of Conduct and Fair Practice.
What People Are Saying About the Course:
“The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ is a tremendously comprehensive training on the identification of and solutions to the dangerous hazards in the home that put our older adults health at risk. I would recommend all professionals working with older adults in the home make this training a part of their overall certifications, such as CPR and AED certifications, because it will save lives. As a physician, I also would encourage family members with older loved ones, either in their homes or wanting to age in place, have a certified Senior Home Safety Specialist evaluate their home’s safety to prevent their loved ones from having to suffer an avoidable, costly and possibly life-threatening injury in the home.” – Oscar E. Rodriguez, MD, MBA, Co-founder/Chief Medical Officer Reassure Analytics, Inc.
“An amazing collection of information, well-presented. Good reminders of things we knew or should have known and a whole lot more new info – especially the Alzheimer’s segments. Great job! I like the way the segments are different lengths and formats also. Obviously a lot of time and effort went into the creation and production of this course”. – Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS NAHB Master Instructor | CAPS Instructor of the Year 2015
“The Age Safe® course methodology and learning instruments for the purpose of Senior Home Safety Specialist provides an active part of being the expert to solve current home safety issues. Goals and objectives are clearly defined. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods offers effective ways to assess goals and outcomes for the family. Participants will demonstrate the ability and skill to discuss, analyze, and show knowledge in this very fragmented field.” – Robert Gurinowitsch C.E.A.C. COO Home Access Professionals
“The information in this course is excellent. I have been working with the senior population as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for 6 years. I’ve been on a lot of home evaluations and I must say that the material presented in this course is highly relevant and accurate, and I learned a great deal of new information regarding home safety modifications for seniors. I highly recommend this course”. – Jay Chapman, OT
“I completed this course at the same time I was trained for the CAPS designation. This course dovetailed well with the CAPS courses I took because it extended the material to safety in many meaningful ways. Adding another layer of effective ways to help my clients be safe as they age in place at home.” – Laura Miller, CSA, CAPS, Life Transition Specialist
“The Senior Home Safety Specialist course is extremely well organized and informative. The instructors are knowledgeable and provide clear examples for the student to achieve success. There was not one glitch with the software which is amazing considering the amount of audio and video files attached to the training course. The idea of the point system and badges is brilliant because it provides the user with visual goals and a sense of accomplishment. Well Done!” – Christopher MacLellan, M.A., “The Bowtie Guy” Caregiver Advocate, Founder of the Whole Care Network
“Age Safe America has created a comprehensive course with a perfect fit of content, information, and pacing. The course was current and included new and updated information as well as served as a refresher, both with added value. The variety of topics were above my expectations. Although the course is 6 hours, it is formatted just perfectly. As an Occupational Therapist and Certified Aging In Place Specialist I know this course knowledge will be used in my daily work. For anyone working with seniors, their families, caregivers and the community this course is a MUST. I continue to be impressed with Age Safe as they lead the cause for Senior Safety and Advocacy.” – Raphaele Wagner, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, CHC
“Being in health care for over 18 years as a Home Care franchise owner, Publisher of two Seniors resource magazines and Vice President of the State of Illinois Continuity of Care Association, I thought I knew it all…well, I didn’t. Excellent program, timely information and great presentation. Will recommend Highly to my colleagues!” – Michael Quirk, Publisher Seniors BlueBook, Chicago, IL.
“The amount of information included in the Senior Home Safety Specialist course is truly impressive. Each module helps to reinforce the fundamental aspects of improving home safety for Seniors as well as providing significant new information on everything from new technologies to understanding the challenges preparing a home for someone with progressing dementia. The comprehensive checklist helps to ensure that no potential hazard is overlooked while conducting a home safety assessment, not only for Seniors, but for any home. Resources for furthering your research and training are also included in many of the modules. The team at Age Safe clearly have a passion for leading the development of Senior Safety Advocates that will be in demand, as many Seniors continue to elect to stay in their homes as long as feasible and safe.” – Bruce Wilson Founder Senior SafeGuard
“This course was very thorough with minimal redundancy. Having been a COTA for 30+ years, there were some things I hadn’t even thought of or was aware of. Thank You Age Safe for increasing my knowledge and awareness of safety options!” – Kathleen Hulme, COTA
“The course was very informative – what you think may be common sense, but there is much more to becoming a Home Safety Specialist. I am elated I took this course. I feel I will be doing more justice to my elderly community and to myself. Thank you Steven for our chat! I cannot wait to get started in helping seniors live SAFE! Excellent!” – Trish Wilcher, Time on a Dime Errand Service
“What a wonderful course and group training event for our staff and with so many beneficial take-a-ways! We especially liked Communicating with Older Adults and Family Members and Fire Safety. This will add to our ability to educate clients and their family members on the serious issues of fall prevention, financial scams and personal safety. The course content definitely met our expectations, and I would recommend it to other professionals in this field.” – Anna Lattuca, Evergreen 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! The course covered a lot of topics that come up frequently during my in-home assessment including Alzheimer’s and Dementia communication, home safety ideas, fire safety, scams and fraud, safety around the house including the info on grab bars, stair safety, lighting, etc. 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!” – Katelyn Tselios, Client Care Coordinator for Visiting Angels
“This Senior Home Safety Specialist course is a comprehensive online course that is supported with information to assist professionals as they work with consumers to make safety modifications to their homes. I would recommend this course to Occupational Therapists, Builders, Remodelers, Home Inspectors, and anyone who advises on home safety. Safety is a prime consideration in a home, regardless of the ages of the occupants. The course has ample photos to support the content that show examples of safe conditions and products that can enhance safety. The modules are organized into topics making it easy to take a break while taking the online course and return to finish the next modules at a convenient time.” – Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., Author of the Universal Design Toolkit
“The Senior Home Safety Specialist course was everything I have come to expect from a company that is in the forefront of senior advocacy like Age Safe America. As a new senior home safety advisor, the information contained in the course has armed me with a solid grasp of what I need to effectively aid my clients with fall prevention and independent living. Fritzi Gros-Daillon is extremely knowledgeable. There were points that she brought out that I never even considered. The information on dementia and Alzheimer’s needs is outstanding. Great job Age Safe.” – Rhonda Smith, SafeHome Senior Solutions
“Excellent information that filled in some gaps for me and my knowledge base. I especially appreciated the emphasis put on the fire safety and senior scams/identity theft. Would recommend to others without hesitation!” – Claire Mayfield, OT, CAPS Owner TrueNorth Home Safety
“As an Occupational Therapist, and well versed in home safety, I found this course to be very relevant, up to date and well organized. I appreciated the statistics and references by the national aging organizations. I would recommend this Senior Home Safety Specialist course to anyone in the senior industry who wants to help our seniors age safely at home”. – Alan Prince, OTR/L, CAPS Owner of Rebuild for Life
Great course! Well organized and very informative. I’ve been carrying out home assessments almost everyday for 8 years and still learned a lot from this course. I believe comprehensive home safety assessments and home modifications are mandatory for anyone planning to age in place safely and comfortably! – Marcelo Carmen, Jr., Occupational Therapist, Community Based Rehabilitation
“As a senior center professional and administrator of our Minor Home Repair programs the additional information will help me do my job better. I see our program offering several more classes on home safety based on what I learned. Thank you!” – Karen S Adcock, SDC Director of Senior Services, City of Auburn Hills, MI
“The course content and statistical information provided throughout the course are very current and will enhance any individual or organization providing services and products to the senior demographic. An excellent approach to identifying the greater picture of challenges facing North America. The course modules provide educational content that will help train professionals, caregivers and service providers seeking knowledge to educate themselves and/or their organizations to better support our aging population. The course highlights a path forward for those who will make a difference in the Aging in Place markets. Highly recommend this course for anyone who is making in-home safety recommendations or providing home alteration and modifications for our seniors”. – Peter Hache, President Renos4Seniors Ottawa, ON Canada
“Presenter and materials were excellent. She is very well spoken, respectful, patient and most knowledgeable. As a volunteer with the Saluda Living In Place (SLIP) program, I now feel more confident to serve as best I am able to help ALL persons, ‘of age’ or younger, to be safe and live long, healthy lives, in the place of their choice”. – Frank McNutt, Non-Profit Volunteer
“I found the information regarding appropriate electrical outlets to be helpful. I do like the inclusion of helpful solutions, especially technology related solutions, to offer safety modifications to our clients – more of that type of information would always be appreciated”. Yes, I would recommend this course to other professionals. – Dr. Linda Frasier, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Touro University Nevada
“I was blown away by the extent of the content in this course! I am a Registered Nurse that has incorporated my nursing knowledge into senior estate downsizing and hoarding property cleanouts, often dealing with overlapping medical issues of my clients. My approach of holistic healing to improve quality of life through decluttering, home safety and education of my clients was greatly enhanced by the thoroughness of this course! I cannot wait to pass along this information to my clients and their families”. – Shelly Galland, RN and Home Organization Consultant
“Excellent course. It seems to be very comprehensive in highlighting potential dangers in the home. I am looking forward to starting to practice this in the field and see for myself, hands on, the specific relevance of these important points. I live in Israel, so it will be important for me to see how this relates to the style, culture, and general home standards in this country. Currently I am a handyman installing grab bars on a volunteer basis for a local charity organization. I have found I enjoy working with elderly people – it gives a good feeling of satisfaction. Thank you”. – Yitzchak Friedman, Former Hi-Tech Engineer building a Home Safety business.
“I found the information to be very useful. It was presented in a way that was straight forward and easy to follow along. Each section was first defined as to the topic/area being covered and then presented step by step with a basic explanation of each key point. The presenters voice was enjoyable to listen too. Her pace was perfect, although I did stop many times to take useful notes.” – Relissa Stute, Senior Safety Advisor
“The course is interesting and thought provoking, better than I expected. Yes, I would recommend this course to other professionals.” – Elodio Medina, Housing Rehab Specialist
“We owned and operated a 100 bed assisted living facility in Arizona, most of our clients came to us due to a fall, and usually heartbroken that they had to leave their homes. Most of them believed that they would one day return home, there were only a few. We feel so excited to help our community to stay home safely where they want to be. Such a wonderful course, and it was easy to understand, and very comprehensive. I wish I had found Age Safe America years ago”. – Caroline Wilford, It’s So Good to be Home, Inc.
“My past career was as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and I helped with Home Assessments. This one is so much more in-depth! Very informative and I look forward to utilizing this training.” – Marcie Durian, Senior Resource Specialist
“A lot of excellent information and resources to add to our knowledge base, which will greatly benefit our customers and clients. I would recommend this course to other professionals serving seniors.”- Jackie Mayo, President & CEO HomeSource
“WOW…more extensive than I imagined. A lot of content. Heightened my awareness on several areas really not considered prior to taking the course. Looking forward to implementing strategies and ideas”. – Irene Carpenter, RN
“Easy format, very informative with logical explanations, transferable suggestions to complete Aging in Place Safety in the Home. Highly recommend for everyone.” – Rick Fangeat, CAPS, COO The Walkin Tub Company Canada
“As a safety professional with over 30 years of experience, I was really wondering how much the program would be able to offer. All I can say is that you can definitely teach an old dog some new tricks. There was a great deal learned. As I start this business, I am confident that the information learned, notes taken and materials downloaded will go a long way to the success of the company. Thank you.” – Ted Muller, Senior Safety Solutions, LLC
“The knowledge I gained is priceless. I look forward to working with Age Safe America to bring our life saving services to my community. I’m thrilled to get started.” – Michael Lattimore, Healthcare Consultant, NEMT Business owner
“What a wonderful program and training you offer. I am excited to get going trying to make a difference in the lives of our elderly demographic. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and teach others how to stay safe. Sincerely” – Kristi Murphy, Community College Teacher
“This was a very thorough course and I am excited to be able to share the information that was obtained! It can make a huge difference for many families! I would recommend this course to other professionals.” – Kimberly McKinney, OT/PT, owner Aging at Home