Finger Lakes Performing Provider System and HCR Home Care are partnering with home health agencies and community-based organizations to develop and manage a program to recruit and train community home health aides.
Funded through grants from the city of Rochester and ESL Charitable Foundation, the program’s goal is to recruit, certify and train 660 HHAs over the next three years, with an emphasis on recruiting candidates from eleven ZIP codes in the city of Rochester.
“Providing city residents with training for jobs in the home health aide field just makes sense,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans, who recognized the agencies and partners who came together in this effort. “They recognize that there’s a need for jobs that will lead to careers and a need for bright, caring individuals who want to learn, grow and create a better future for themselves and their families. This program can accomplish those goals and we are proud to support it.”
Home health aides provide care to people after a hospital stay or to people needing help managing an illness. Tasks include helping people with daily activities like getting dressed, bathing and eating; checking vital signs, and reminding people to take medications.
The position can be the beginning of a healthcare career and can lead to other positions such as a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse.
FLPPS and HCR are collaborating on this program with employers Rochester Regional Health Home Care and UR Medicine Home Care, as well as a number of community organizations.
“Our community faces a dire need for healthcare workers, especially home health aides,” said Carol Tegas, FLPPS executive director. “We look forward to working with employers, recruiters and community partners to meet the program goals.”
Added Suzanne Turchetti, HCR Home Care president, “Home health agencies are coming together in an unprecedented way to meet the need for community home health aides.”
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