A home health software company is looking to capitalize on new wage protections for home care workers with a new partnership that seeks to help agencies train one of the nation’s fastest-growing workforces.
With an estimated 1.9 million direct care workers in the United States that is expected to grow 70% over the course of the current decade, home care workers constitute the fastest-growing job force in the nation, according to data from the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI).
As additional costs and requirements will come into play for home care agencies that will need to train this surging workforce, ADLware Home Care Software and iCareSafely have entered into a partnership to help provide caregiver training through an online platform.
“Caregivers are projected to be the #1 job over the next 15 years,” said Michael McAlpin, president of ADLware. “As more caregivers enter into the home health industry, agencies are going to need to train more workers.”
Since ADLware’s inception, the company has continued to expand its reach into all aspects of home care and operations and management.
“ADLware was built to improve the operations and communication of home care companies, large and small,” said McAlpin. “The iCareSafely platform follows this philosophy by allowing a self-paced online learning experience, while ensuring high quality education. We are pleased to recommend iCareSafely to help agencies better train and manage the many caregivers they employ.”
iCareSafely is a training tool created by home care agency owners Paul and Tammy Sisson who wanted to find streamlined approach to training their caregivers that wasn’t costly and time consuming.
“We wanted a program that would allow you to train each new hire as they came on board, with speed, accuracy, and a significant cost savings,” said Tammy Sisson.
The program offers courses focused on training those who care for others as well as meeting most states training requirements. Each caregiver who completes the interactive online course receives a certificate of completion, while their agencies are provided with the details of the coursework and results of each training item.
This can help agencies identify where a caregiver’s strengths and weaknesses might be, according to McAlpin.
“Any time we can partner with companies, agencies or vendors in the home health industry to help manages the needs of a rapidly growing and changing industry, we want to do that,” said McAlpin. “It’s a best practice approach.”
Written by Jason Oliva