As the population ages, the need for trained homecare providers continues to increase. For individuals who are interested in working in the homecare provider field, a comprehensive, state certified Home Health Aide training program is available this fall.

“This statewide training program is a great opportunity for Union County residents to establish their credentials and gain a foothold in a high-demand field,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh, “Helping older adults to stay in their homes and connected to their communities is a priority for the Freeholder Board, and a qualified workforce is needed to achieve that goal.”

Applicants must be Union County residents 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or otherwise qualified by their immigration status, and proficient in English. They must be able to perform tasks such as helping patients out of bed, giving bed baths, and aiding transfers for those with limited mobility.

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Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during October, and concluding in early November, at Jewish Family Services, 655 Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth.

Upon completion of the training, students will have the knowledge and skills required by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing to become certified home health aides.    

The $75.00 registration fee includes the cost of the textbook and workbook. In addition, there 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.

Attendance in the class is contingent upon a pre-training interview in September. Space is limited and applicants should arrange to schedule an interview now by calling Donna Farrell at the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection, at 908-527-4858. 

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