JFS Care Managers Earn Home Safety Certifications

JFS’s Social Work Care Manager, Adam Van Buren, LMSW and Geriatric Social Work Care Manager, Kyra Nolte, LMSW are now one of a select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Senior Home Safety Specialist® designation, which identifies 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 comprehensive course offers the only designation of its kind to individuals in the senior services industry.

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 2030, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the cost related to these kinds of injuries to be over $100 Billion a year. 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.

JFS is committed to providing support to help vulnerable older adults age well and remain vital community members through comprehensive Care Management and direct services. Our Care Management Program fosters independence and helps clients achieve stability. A hands-on, 360-degree person-centered approach meets clients where they are and engages the client in identifying needs and making decisions. With Adam and Kyra’s new certification, we will expand our capacity to professionally evaluate home safety using evidence-based methods and refer clients to our Home Modifications program.

Our Care Managers look forward to helping those endeavoring to age-in-place in our local community make the necessary modifications and preparations they will need to enable them to live safe and secure in their own homes for as long they wish.

To learn more about this program, please call 518-482-8856, Option 0 or

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