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CEO John O’Brien a Panelist at the Canadian Occupational Therapists Professional Industry Forum

HealthCraft CEO John O’Brien is an aging in place panelist at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists National Conference (May 29-31).

Most seniors want to “age in place” living in their own homes for as long as they can. Falls in home can devastating effect on families and independence:

  • Falls are the most common preventable injury in Canada and remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors.
  • 20-30% of seniors fall each year, and 50% of falls that result in hospitalization occur in the home.
  • In addition to injuries, falls can lead to negative health mental health outcomes, as well as significant associated financial costs, estimated at $2B annually.

(Public Health Agency of Canada, 2015)

These alarming figures, clearly demonstrate the need and urgency for attention in the form of a coordinated national action plan. John O’Brien, CEO and Co-Founder of HealthCraft Products Inc. was a proud panelist at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists national conference discussing the importance of partnerships and collaboration with industry partners such Occupational Therapists, designers, manufacturers and the recently launched Home Modification Council (Canadian Home Builders Association).

To learn more about the panelists:
Lesya Dyk
Gary Sharp
Colleen McGrath
John O’Brien


Media Contact:
Ian Crawford
Marketing Manager, Invisia and HealthCraft
613-822-1885 ext. 229

About HealthCraft Products Inc.:
Our everyday lives happen in our everyday spaces: at home, at work – or anywhere. Ideally, those spaces should be where we feel familiar and protected. But when we feel unbalanced or unsteady, they can also threaten our safety. Fear of falling, even in those most familiar spaces, can keep us from enjoying the most basic things or doing the simplest tasks.

At HealthCraft Products Inc., we are committed to helping people take back everyday spaces through brilliant product design, effective public education and changemaking advocacy.

We combine universal design principles in engineering together with our deep understanding of human behaviour, body mechanics and ergonomics to create high-quality fall prevention solutions. We challenge every convention, explore every angle and examine every facet so that everyone can move with confidence. Creating meaningful solutions to bring life back into balance. Behind our products is a passion to change attitudes – from actively educating the public to advocating for new laws and building codes – to ensure that fall prevention is top-of-mind. In working with other leaders, we will raise awareness and understanding of fall prevention and the common need we all have: to feel secure and confident. Our goal is simple: to make every space a safer place.