March 21, 2007

CONTACT: Donna Farrell, 908-527-4858
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Apply Now For Training Program
To Become a Home Health Aide

The Union County Division on Aging, in the Department of Human Services, announces that the next Home Health Aide Training program will be held from April 30 through May 31. Training will be held at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, Summit, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., four days per week, Monday through Thursday. Upon completing the program, students will have the knowledge and skills required by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing to become certified home health aides.

To address the growing need for in-home care for the elderly and disabled, the Union County Home Care Consortium, established in 1986 by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, was created to attract, train and retain home health aides to provide in-home services. The Consortium is comprised of non-profit and public agencies that are committed to providing high quality home health services and dedicated to providing students with superior training in this important service area.

“Certified home health aides are the backbone of home care services that allow people to live independently,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholders support the Consortium’s highly regarded training program because it allows our elderly and disabled residents to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible.”

Applicants must be 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or legal residents, and have the ability to read, write and speak English proficiently. They must be physically capable of participating in class work such as lifting, getting patients out of bed, giving bed baths, aiding transfers for those with limited mobility, and other related patient care.

The $75.00 registration fee includes the cost of the textbook and workbook. There also is a $65.00 application fee payable to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. A passport photo is required to be attached to the application.

Since its establishment, the Consortium has successfully trained more than 750 students, many of whom are still working in the healthcare field.

For more information about Home Health Aide training, call Donna Farrell, Union County Division on Aging, at 908-527-4858.