Situation Report | August 10, 2020
As announced in an alert last week, HCA, the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP) and LeadingAge NY have submitted a joint proposal to the state Department of Health (DOH) that would allow existing aide training programs to offer online training.
HCA worked with a subgroup of some members (including Americare, Partners in Care, People Care and Selfhelp Community Services) as well as with HCP and LeadingAge NY on the proposal. In addition, HCA member Elara Caring was instrumental in adapting the existing aide training curriculum to an online version/platform.
Feedback from other members was also solicited and incorporated into the development of this online training proposal.
As we note to DOH, many aide training programs have been shut or severely limited in their ability to accommodate student participation due to social distance requirements and space limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic. These constraints are not expected to change in the foreseeable future. Online training is one way to address this workforce challenge.
We will keep members informed on DOH’s response to the proposal.