Lara and Scott Vineyard of Mobility Plus of Scottsdale are now one of a select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Senior Home Safety Specialist designation, identifying them as having obtained the knowledge necessary to help educate older adults and family members on the serious issues of home safety, fall prevention, personal safety and financial exploitation.
This course offers the only designation of its kind to individuals in the senior services industry, according to a press release.
Senior Home Safety Specialist graduates include myriad providers involved in the care, comfort, safety and security of older adults including occupational/physical therapists, home care providers, aging-in-place professionals, handyman services, contractors, remodelers, home inspectors, senior living staff, EMS professionals, care managers, caregivers and many others committed to assisting seniors to stay safe in the homes they love.
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.
By 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the cost related to these kinds of injuries to be more than $60 billion a year, the press release stated.
In an effort to help reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs, Age Safe America developed this program as a way to help professionals educate older adults and families to make preparations now to ensure ongoing freedom and independence for all.
Mobility Plus is dedicated to providing quality products that empower individuals facing mobility challenges and their caregivers. They sell, rent and install all different types of scooters, ramps, lifts, and fall prevention items.
Age Safe America is a national membership, training and advocacy organization dedicated to meet the growing need for Home Safety Assessments and Aging-in-Place Home Modifications.
The company is directed by nationally recognized experts in fall prevention, 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.
“We look forward to helping those endeavoring to age-in-place in our community by making the necessary modifications they will need to enable them to live safely and securely in their own spaces, while allowing them to go where they want to go,” said Mr. Vineyard.