Star Multi Care Services in Melville, NY has recently been certified by the New York State Department of Health as an approved Home Health Training site. The program allows individuals to train and become certified Home Health Aides. “There is currently an extreme shortage of qualified home health aides and it is expected to get much worse in the next 10 years”, stated Lauren Scalcione, Administrator of the New York branch. “We want to fill the gap with not only caregivers but rather provide the highest quality home health aides we can find to make sure our clients receive a 5-Star experience when they choose Star Multi Care as their in-home care provider, she concluded.
The candidates going through the Star Multi Care Training Program each must pass a highly competitive selection process before they enter the program. The process includes a scrupulous screening agenda culminated with an interview. Each candidate must display compassion and an empathetic attitude toward caring for the sick, disabled and elderly to be deemed a proper fit for the home care industry and to meet the Star Multi Care 5-Star Standards of Excellence. Once the candidates are selected as Students Of Star they must successfully complete the application process including background and reference checks, additional screening tools and an additional interview. If they are to go forward, they will receive a minimum of 75 hours of hands-on training, consisting of classroom, lab and skills competency checks. Star Multi Care has partnered with local Assisted Living Facilities to facilitate real-life patient care technique and training.
Not everyone fits the mold of a Star Home Health Aide. The Star Training Program also acts as a weed-out to ensure quality. “Home Health Care is a tough profession, but especially for new aides”, Lauren continued. “Many agencies send aides out into the field with little experience. We want to make sure our employees have the skills and real-life experiences necessary to succeed in their careers”, she stated. “We want to be the agency that provides the best aides so each client is completely satisfied with the services they receive. We hope to be known as the Ivy League of Home Health Care”, Ms. Scalcione concluded.
Plans are already being made for future training programs to enhance the current program. Star is working collaboratively with Hospice and Dementia community partners so that they can incorporate a more robust training experience for their employees. They believe that the more educational opportunities they provide for their employees, the better they are able to serve their clients. Star Multi Care hopes to provide all the tools necessary so each employee becomes the best caregiver he or she can be.
For more information on the Star Training Program or to become a Star Home Health Aide, please call 631-424-STAR (7827) or visit us at www.starmulticare.com.