Free program aims to tackle home health-care needs on Staten Island


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In response to the rising want for dwelling health-care staff on Staten Island amid the persevering with coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and vaccine mandates, an area non-profit will quickly kick off its first digital dwelling well being aide coaching program.

Staten Island Performing Supplier System (PPS) obtained greater than 200 responses to its preliminary outreach in search of enrollment for its free Licensed Residence Well being Aide Coaching Program, taught by the Metropolis College of New York Metropolis School of Know-how.

This system’s preliminary five-week class will start the primary week of November, and is comprised of 20 college students, based on Joseph Conte, govt director of PPS.

Residence well being aides are historically supervised by medical practitioners, often nurses, and may match with therapists and different medical workers. These aides maintain data and report adjustments within the shopper’s situation to supervisors. They’re usually the one ones preserving the standard of lifetime of their home-bound sufferers.

A couple of dozen Licensed Residence Care Companies Companies and Licensed Residence Well being Companies employed almost 7,000 dwelling health-care aides on Staten Island previous to the Oct. 7 vaccine mandate, which precipitated staffs to shrink, managers mentioned.

Conte mentioned he anticipates the brand new program’s progress and continuance in filling this vital hole, although its preliminary enrollment interval is at present closed. “We hope to run courses all through 2022, and rise up to 100 educated in that cycle,’’ he mentioned.

Outcomes might be twofold, he mentioned.

Graduates will fill a spot in well being care created by the COVID-19 pandemic, as many care givers stopped work for private causes or sought a brand new profession when vaccines turned a requirement within the subject in New York Metropolis. Moreover, this system will create sorely-needed jobs on Staten Island.

This system presents a excessive degree of professionalism by together with an expanded variety of hours above the minimal necessities, mentioned Mary Han, director of constant care and high quality administration for PPS. As well as, all graduates will obtain full skilled apparel, together with a uniform, stethoscope and medical equipment at their graduation, she mentioned.

On the conclusion of the course, SafeHarbor Healthcare Companies might be offering individuals with a two-day, in-person abilities coaching session.

Han mentioned she discovered rather a lot from talking with the candidates.

“There are numerous who’ve a nursing diploma from a special nation, however no certification right here,’’ she mentioned. “Some are new immigrants, and lots of have misplaced their jobs because of COVID. The frequent theme amongst these discussions is the urgency to search out employment after going by means of their very own challenges.’’

Conte mentioned that almost all of individuals responding to this system’s preliminary textual content outreach hail from the North Shore: 38 candidates from ZIP code 10304, 33 from 10301 and 27 from 10303.

“It’s all alongside the North Shore hall,’’ he mentioned. “I feel we’re reaching a variety of people who’ve misplaced employment throughout COVID — people who’ve determined they needed to change careers into an entry degree health-care position.’’

Conte mentioned the entry-level jobs begin individuals on a sturdy profession ladder towards roles as licensed sensible nurses, affected person care associates in a hospital setting or licensed nursing assistants in nursing properties.

“I feel it actually has the potential to fill lots of of roles within the coming 12 months or two, and that’s an essential begin,’’ Conte mentioned.

In trying forward, PPS representatives mentioned they plan to work with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Group Middle with a purpose to develop this system to satisfy the employment and health-care wants on the Island.

Although PPS has funding for preliminary courses because of Northwell Heath and different sources, it’s at present working with FundRISING to acquire extra financial help by means of the Apprenticeship State Growth Grant of the New York State Division of Labor, Division of Employment and Workforce Options.