Cape Cod Community College took a big step recently to compete successfully for area students by recognizing and answering the need here for homecare providers.
With competition now from a new college on Cape Cod opening in January, 4Cs has created a new 7-week program with a guaranteed interview with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod after graduating.
Home health aids play a very important role in the health care system. They are responsible for taking care of patients who may be suffering from a chronic illness or disability. They are also responsible for taking care of elderly individuals who are unable to care for themselves and need care while living at home, and home health aids work closely with nurses.
In a statement just released, the college said,
"As the population ages, the need for homecare providers as well as institutional care services continues to increase.
"For those interested in working in the field, Cape Cod Community College will offer an accelerated Home Health Aide Certificate program starting October 4th.
"Through this uniquely designed program, students can earn their certification in just 7 weeks, and graduates are guaranteed an interview with the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod. The demand for skilled caregivers is very strong. In addition, those preparing to care for a loved one in a home setting will gain critical information and skills to help in providing quality care at home."
4Cs announced that in order to explain the program, and its link to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, among other career options, program staff will hold an information session on Tuesday, September 16th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 115 of the M.M.Wilkens Building (formerly the South Building) on the West Barnstable campus.
There is no charge to attend. The release from the college went on to add a job description and explain the career opportunity:
"Home health aides (HHAs) assist clients with daily personal and home management tasks, allowing them to remain on their own, rather than moving into group living centers. In some cases, HHAs may work in retirement communities, assisted living facilities, group homes, or other transitional housing. Their work may be supervised by a client’s healthcare provider, an agency, or by a patient’s family members. The opportunity to improve the quality of life for those in need through hands-on care and contact is a very rewarding aspect of the job.
In addition to the hands-on skills such as bathing and self-care, our program focuses on providing concerned individualized care that adheres to the five principles of care: Safety, Privacy, Dignity, Communication and Independence. Students will benefit from a small class size with caring, well-trained teachers, and receive hands-on experience in the College’s Nursing and Allied Health labs.
More information on the College’s program is available by contacting Geri Medeiros or Cayce Sands at: (508) 362-2131 x 4489 or x 4452, by email at [email protected]