FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2009

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

UNION COUNTY OFFERS HOME HEALTH AIDE TRAINING PROGRAM
Interviews Begin in September

 

The Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, is currently accepting applications to its Home Health Aide Training program that will be held from October 12 through November 11. 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.  Training sessions will be held at Jewish Family Services, 655 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., four days per week, Monday through Thursday.

“Certified home health aides are the backbone of home care services that allow people of any age or disability to live independently,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Union County’s program is well known for its exceptional training and retention rate for health care workers in this area.  In addition, in-home care is more cost effective and desirable for patients.”

To be considered for the program, applicants must be 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or qualified aliens, 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 an $80.00 application fee payable to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. A passport size photo is required to be attached to the application.

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.

“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.” Freeholder Mirabella said.

Since its establishment, the Consortium has successfully trained more than 800 students, many of whom are still working in the healthcare field.

Space in the class is limited and interviews will be conducted in early September.  For more information about Home Health Aide training, call Donna Farrell, Union County Division on Aging, at 908-527-4858.

For information about Union County government’s senior adult services, call (888) 280-8226 or visit the Union County website at www.ucnj.org.