Compassions goal is three fold:
- To meet and surpass expectations for a growing population of individuals living with spinal cord paralysis and other physical limiting challenges. These individuals and those who provide daily living services for them are currently living at or below poverty levels.
- To provide specialized job training and placement programs to insure improvement and economic stability for those individuals seeking employment positions in the home care/healthcare industry.
- To emphasize the significance and need for properly educating and training individuals for an industry that is growing at astronomical proportions. While preparing these individuals for employment opportunities, Compassions addresses other crucial issues plaguing the home care/ health care industry such as stress, loss, despair and frustration while attempting to provide services to someone for which one is not properly prepared.
Compassions strives to initiate, improve and enhance the current standards and curriculum of the home care/ health care training service industry, while initiating a contemporary and specialized job training and placement program serving as a reward within itself.
In turn, this ensures students acquire the education, training and knowledge that deemed necessary to interact while providing services for those in need. So too, students acquire the essential skill sets required to seek employment in the home care/ health care industry while demonstrating a positive impact as they become more driven, responsible, motivated and self-sufficient.
The gratification these individuals will acquire after completing Compassion’s eight week job training and placement program will ensure their success in the home care/ health care field.
What Exists — What Is Needed
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are presently 425 state tested nursing assistant (STNA), and home health aide (HHA) training programs (with over sixty such programs are located in Cleveland and surrounding areas). Yet, there are currently no specialized home health care training programs.
Although these broad-spectrum programs exist and the market appears to be saturated, none offer specialized training for individuals living with distinctive or extraordinary diagnoses such spinal cord injuries (SCI), Muscular Sclerosis (MS) and similar limited physical disabilities.
While there is a serious and conspicuous shortage of specialized training programs in the Cleveland area, personal and home care aides held approximately 767,000 job positions in 2006 with this figure continuing to rapidly rise.
Consequently, the currently available training programs are inadequate to meet the overwhelming needs of individuals suffering from more severe physically debilitating challenges. Thus, the current training curriculum offered by most Ohio providers covers only basic areas of care and are not directed toward those who are in need or dependent upon the services rendered by a home care worker/health care workers.
A current review conducted by the “ Department of Human Services” reveals that the current training curriculum offered by most providers in Ohio offers only basic areas of care, such as bed bathes, basic wheelchair transfers, and taking/recording vital signs.
There is a critical need to abandon the traditional and customary mode of operation and adapt a contemporary mindset and plan-forward to understand the importance of the special needs associated withindividuals living with (SCI), The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation reports that paralysis due to a spinal cord injury in the United States reveals over a million more people in the U.S. are living with paralysis than previously estimated, and five times more living with a (SCI).
The Reeve Foundation also reports that after a spinal cord injury leading to paralysis 87% of those afflicted go from hospitals to home with the other 5.6% leaving the hospitals bound for nursing homes. As the number of people living with (SCI) grows, there will be a corresponding rise in the need for home aides with specialized capabilities.