Susan Kothman wasn’t even thinking about returning to the workforce when she heard an ad on the radio about At Home with RWC’s Personal Care Aide Training Class.
With a background in retailing, she had spent recent years as a caregiver to family members and wanted to find out if she had what it took to be certified. She did.
Kothman and six other women recently graduated from the week-long training class and are now undergoing a two-week orientation including shadowing other At Home with RWC caregivers. Afterwards, they will be assigned to clients on the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury campus, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, as well as in private homes in the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and beyond.
“There is a huge demand for at-home care in this area right now,” said RWC director of staff development Angela Kelly, RN, who directs the new training program. “The demand is high because so many people want to age in place and stay in their own home. They want to avoid long-term care and At Home with RWC allows them to do that.”
At Home with RWC jump-started its recruiting efforts for Personal Care Aides with the debut of a week-long paid training class in early February and will repeat the class in early March. Interested caregivers fill out an application and if hired, are paid to take the training class and learn how to provide care the RWC way.
Kothman already had the nurturing and caring part of the job figured out, but she had never had CPR training, nor had she ever taken blood pressure.
Kelly uses mannequins to demonstrate providing exceptional care. They also spent time in the assisted living area of RWC with residents and supervised by RWC nurses.
“This group was so interested and asked such wonderful questions,” Kelly said. “These women are going to be really dedicated employees. Their compassion is through the roof and their desire to learn more about how to do things the right way is just really inspiring. Our RWC residents and At Home clients will get the absolute best care possible.”
To apply for the Personal Care Aide Training Program that begins in early March and to become an employee of RWC, download an application at rw-c.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 438-4244.
Ideal candidates for the personal care aide program are mature, motivated individuals who may be looking for a career change, parents who would like to work during school hours and those seeking a competitive salary, benefits, a rewarding opportunity and flexible schedule.