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‘Senior Home Safety Specialist Course’ for businesses, seniors and their adult children launched to support ‘Aging at Home’ in Canada

March 8th 2022

HAMILTON, ON– (CNW)— Age Safe® Canada, a national training and advocacy organization dedicated to making the lives of seniors aging at home safer is proud to announce its relationship with Mohawk College. Mohawk will be adding the Senior Home Safety Specialists (SHSS) certificate to their Continuing Education offering. 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.

“We are excited about the launch of the SHSS within Mohawk College,” said Peter Kalra, President and CEO of Bay Area Health Trust, which licensed the rights to Age Safe® in Canada. “Ensuring that graduates interested in the growing field of Seniors Care and Aging at Home have a good grasp of real-life scenarios is a very important goal for us.”

“Mohawk College is pleased to partner with Age Safe Canada to support continuing education and training in senior care,” said Alison Horton, Vice President, Academic, for Mohawk College. “The Senior Home Safety Specialist program offers people an opportunity to improve their skills and understanding in this important area of community care, as Canadian society strives to support our aging population.”

Mohawk students interested in the program will be able to access the course through Mohawk’s online learning platform. Upon completion, Age Safe® Canada will award them the Senior Home Safety Specialist certificate.

Bay Area Health Trust is in discussions with multiple national associations, homecare companies and others involved in the Aging at Home, Seniors’ care sector to include the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification as part of their offering to membership and employees.

“I believe that introducing these important topics around senior safety, communication, security, accessibility and falls prevention to students will go a long way into ensuring the care industry is well positioned for the impact of our aging population and their housing needs” said Jim Closs, President Live Easy Inc, and National Director of Age Safe Canada.

Many prominent organizations in Canada are now offering the SHSS as part of their internal professional development, including the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Ontario Society of Therapists. Many healthcare companies are also considering the program for employee on-boarding.

To get certified, visit Anyone interested in learning more about aging in place and the products that are now available in Canada are welcome to visit

About Bay Area Health Trust
At the intersection of health, life sciences and business, Bay Area Health Trust is an example of a successful partnership between hospitals and the for-profit private sector. Operating life science businesses with the goal of returning value to its beneficiaries, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and McMaster University Bay Area Health Trust promotes entrepreneurship and invests in growth-oriented businesses to support patient care. More information can be found at

About Live Easy INC
Jim Closs has thirty years’ experience in Home HealthCare products, institutional sales, and Aging in Place design. He has held senior positions at some of the country’s largest HME outlets and has been involved in numerous large projects while always dealing with the individual homeowner client. He has built marketing plans and has been responsible for numerous strategies on digital platforms. Jim is dedicated in bringing his expertise to the Aging in Place community.

About Mohawk College
Mohawk College educates and serves more than 32,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 130,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.

Bay Area Health Trust
John Hands, Director

Live Easy Inc
Jim Closs, President

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