Friendly Senior Living, a senior residence and nursing facility located in Brighton, announced today that they have received a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. The $200,000 grant will be applied to Friendly Living’s new health care staff training program.
The new training program will address the growing need of Rochester’s senior populations to receive appropriate health care from committed and knowledgeable staff.
“The recruitment and retention of qualified staff remains a challenge industry-wide,” Friendly Senior Living President and CEO Glen Cooper said. “Our ability to provide skills development and career advancement opportunities will ensure that seniors are receiving high-quality care from a well-trained and dedicated staff. We are most grateful to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation for their role in achieving this mission.”
The training includes a six-week certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program, open to members of the community, as well as current employees — even those who may be serving in other roles in the organization and intend to explore a new career path. A second program, which will commence in the fall, will allow for Friendly Senior Living CNAs to advance their certification to become LPNs, or licensed practical nurses.
For both these programs, participants may receive a wage replacement stipend during their training. This may help nullify costs which could present a hurdle to their education. The stipend may cover tuition, books, materials and childcare. Any exam fees are paid for by Friendly Senior Living.
For more information about upcoming CNA training sessions, visit friendlyseniorliving.org/careers/cna-program.