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Partnership to Fill Need for In-Home Care Providers

April 29, 2002

Devils Lake, N.D. - Demand for care providers is expected to grow as the state's population ages. To help meet the growing demand for in-home services, the Department of Human Services is partnering with the Northeast Workforce Training Partnership at Lake Region State College to train in-home care providers.

"Many people are able to remain at home as they age, if they receive a little help from in-home care providers who do housework or chores, or provide non-medical personal services such as bathing and dressing. This partnership will increase the number of trained providers and should ultimately assure better care," said Linda Wright, director of the department's Aging Services Division.

According to Holly Mawby, co-director of the Northeast Workforce Training Partnership, the training program will be individualized. "People will take a pre-test to determine training needs based on the Qualified Service Provider Guidelines and will be trained where a gap in skills is found. We are also striving to provide training in each region so that it is convenient and effective for people in rural areas who want to care for others," she said.

To participate in the training, individuals must first contact their county social service office for a referral to the training program. The Dickinson region will be the first area of the state to offer the training beginning in May. The in-home care provider training will become available across the state in the coming months. Registered nurses are being recruited to provide training in each region.

There are currently between 600 and 700 in-home care providers enrolled with the state. In-home care providers can be family members or other self-employed individuals who provide non-medical personal care, respite care, or adult foster care services to one or more people. Their services are paid for through the Service Payments for the Elderly and Disabled program (SPED), Expanded-SPED, or Medicaid waiver funds.

Contacts:

Training program information - Holly Mawby, co-director, Northeast Workforce Training Partnership, Lake Region State College, (701) 662-1593
In-home care and other aging issues and services - Linda Wright, Director of Aging Services Division, Department of Human Services, (701) 328-8910

 

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