FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

Union County Offers Home Health Aide Training

 

Elizabeth, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again offering a training program for County residents seeking Home Health Aide certification. The cost is $140, including class time, materials, and the certification fee required by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.

“Certified home health aides are the backbone of home care services that help the elderly and disabled live with dignity,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board is very proud to support the efforts of Union County residents who choose this rewarding career.”

Classes will be held from April 20 through May 21 at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, in Summit, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Upon completing the program, students will be qualified by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing to become certified home health aides.

Class size is limited. Interviews begin in March. To make an appointment, call Donna Farrell, Union County Division on Aging, at 908-527-4858.

Applicants must be Union County residents 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or qualified aliens, and proficient in English. They must be able to perform tasks such as helping patients out of bed, giving bed baths, and aiding transfers for those with limited mobility.

The program is offered by the Union County Department of Human Services Division on Aging, in cooperation with the Union County Home Care Consortium. Established in 1986, the Consortium is comprised of non-profit and public agencies dedicated to providing students with superior training in the field of home health care.