There are plenty of nonprofit organizations supporting a number of worthy causes around the world. Some aim to improve opportunities for disenfranchised or disadvantaged individuals. One particular nonprofit recently received a grant that could help provide training to assist Latina women who wish to become more involved in the home healthcare industry.
Traditionally, home care aides have struggled to get paid more than they do. An extremely physically exhausting and often mentally and emotionally draining job, the turnover rate for many home care jobs is quite high. With stagnant wages, it becomes difficult for some to advance their skills, education, and certifications outside of other assistance.
Fortunately for some, there are opportunities to advance and seek out adequate training. According to the Dorchester Reporter in the blog, Fields Corner-based non-profit gets $100k boost from Cummings grant, written by Daniel Sheehan:
“MUA [Mujeres Unidas Avanzando] plans to put the $100,000 grant towards expanding its “Healthcare Careers for the Future” program over the next two years, which will allow the organization to train more future phlebotomists, nursing assistants, and home health aides. Normally, MUA’s course schedule roughly mirrors the BPS schedule, but additional resources could make an evening cycle of classes a reality, or a future session during the summer months. Extra programming could mean more women admitted to the program, and according to Malone, such growth is needed to meet the demand for bilingual professionals at Boston’s health centers.”
While this type of grant may not assist other non-Latina women, it is a sign that more organizations and individuals are taking the value of in-home care far more seriously than they may have in the past. The demand for these types of services is increasing, but with Medicaid reimbursement cuts and limited options for agencies to increase pay and remain in business, there may be limited options available to home care aides who want to remain in this field without external support.
Home health aides can be those who assist with basic tasks of everyday life as well as visiting nurses. Both of these caregivers are instrumental in helping seniors and disabled adults remain at home, thus saving long-term costs compared to nursing homes and hospital settings.
As more opportunities are presented to those men and women who provide these invaluable services arise, it may help the industry in the long run retain valuable workers who are the backbone of the home care sector.
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