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Free Personal and Home Care Aide Training for Mature Workers Offered at NECC

Submitted by on August 5, 2014 – 8:35 pm

Information sessions to explore a free home care training program, designed for the mature worker to work as direct care workers, will be offered at Northern Essex Community College Friday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 27, at 10 a.m. at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence.

These direct care workers will be trained to care for elders and assist people with disabilities in their homes. This program is targeted for individuals who are age 55 and over, unemployed, with limited or no income. It includes a 60-hour personal and home care aide program that teaches core competencies for employment to provide long-term support services to elders and individuals with disabilities in private homes and community- based settings.

In addition, students will receive a 12-hour Alzheimer’s disease and dementia training, and a15-hour chronic disease self-management training. Upon successful completion, students earn a certificate making them eligible for employment as a home care aide.

Students will have the opportunity for placement with local employers for additional on-the-job training. The skills and knowledge learned in this program can also serve as a gateway into other allied health professions. This intensive daytime program is scheduled to begin in October at the Riverwalk. The program is free for eligible mature workers.

To register for an information session, please contact Olga Yulikova at 617-222-7459, Leanne Winchester at 617-573-1823, or Diane Lahaye at or 978-659-1222.