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Home Health Aide Training Begins in March

The Union County Home Care Consortium extends its training to address the growing need for in-home care for the elderly and disabled


(Union County, NJ) – The Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, announces its next training program for Home Health Aides beginning May 2nd and ending June 2nd. Classes will be held at Jewish Family Services, 655 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. When training is completed, students will have the knowledge and skills required by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing to become certified home health aides.

Space in the class is limited. Student interviews will be conducted beginning March 29th. 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 patient related care.

The $75.00 registration fee includes textbook and workbook costs. 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.

“Certified home health aides are at the core of home care services that make it possible for people to live more independently in their own homes,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon.

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 committed to providing top quality home health services and dedicated to providing students with superior training in this important service area. Since its establishment, the Consortium has successfully trained more than 800 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. For information about all Union County government services and programs, visit the Union County website,