Home and sup­port work­ers in­put wel­comed in de­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tional strat­egy

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - PRO­VIN­CIAL, N.L.

The in­put of home and per­sonal sup­port work­ers is en­cour­aged through an on­line sur­vey to bet­ter un­der­stand their train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional needs.

The De­part­ment of Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the New­found­land and Labrador Cen­tre for Health In­for­ma­tion (NLCHI) is seek­ing this in­put through an on­line sur­vey. Re­sults of the sur­vey will help to in­form the de­vel­op­ment of an ed­u­ca­tional strat­egy, a rec­om­men­da­tion of the Pro­vin­cial Home Sup­port Pro­gram Re­view.

“The ex­per­tise and anal­y­sis pro­vided by our staff will al­low for a more in­formed de­ci­sion­mak­ing and pol­icy de­vel­op­ment process that sup­ports an ed­u­ca­tional strat­egy for home care and per­sonal sup­port work­ers,” said Dr. Kris Aubrey-Bassler of NLCHI.

Com­pleted by Deloitte, the Pro­vin­cial Home Sup­port Pro­gram Re­view iden­ti­fied a 25 Point Plan to im­prove the pro­gram. Work on the 25 Point Plan is well un­der­way.

It was noted in a press re­lease pro­mot­ing sur­vey par­tic­i­pa­tion that “sup­port­ing train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for home and per­sonal sup­port work­ers will con­trib­ute to im­proved re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of the work­force and lead to im­proved de­liv­ery of ser­vices.”

“Home care and per­sonal sup­port work­ers play an im­por­tant role in pro­vid­ing care to in­di­vid­u­als to re­main in their own homes and com­mu­ni­ties,” said Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Hag­gie. “We look for­ward to hear­ing their views about what is needed from a train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional per­spec­tive.”

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the sur­vey by vis­it­ing www.re­search.net/r/ Home_Per­son­alSup­port. Peo­ple who want to com­plete the sur­vey by tele­phone or who have ques­tions may con­tact Melody Soren­son, pro­gram eval­u­a­tion con­sul­tant with NLCHI, at 1-833-752-6182 ormelody.soren­[email protected]

The dead­line to com­plete the sur­vey is Dec. 7.

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