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Clark College News and Events

July 17, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921




Clark College’s Corporate and Continuing Education Department
receives grant dollars to provide needed training for caregivers for seniors and the disabled


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Against the backdrop of a tight economy and the expanding need for caregivers, Clark College has received a $20,000 grant under the 2009 Community College Caregiver Training Initiative.

The initiative, which is funded by MetLife Foundation, will expand home-based caregiving training capacity by making it accessible online to a greater audience and improve education and access to home-based caregiving training for family caregivers.  

Planning stages are scheduled to begin in September with training to begin in spring 2010.


The Increased Need for Caregiving

According to the U.S. Census, there were 35,210,000 people age 65 and older living in the United States in 2005.  By 2020, the national population age 65 and older is expected to increase to be 54,632,000 – a 55 percent increase.   

According to the Office of Financial Management, the increases will be larger in Washington state, which will see a 73.3% increase from 710,501 to 1,231,193.  In Clark College’s service district, the increase will be even larger – 103.1% -- an increase from 39,896 to 81,043. This increasing aging population will result in the critical need for long-term senior care. 

Nine out of 10 Americans age 60 and over would like to remain in their own homes as they age (Senior Journal, January 2007).   As a result, according to Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI), in-home care is one of the fastest growing segments of all senior care and the demand for in-home caregivers will double by 2050.  Locally, in-home caregiving is the second fastest growing occupation within the health care sector. EMSI data shows that there will be an 82% job growth rate for in-home caregivers between 2002 and 2018.

According to Todd Oldham, Executive Director of Corporate and Continuing Education, “Clark College intends to meet the demand of this significantly growing industry by developing a more effective home-based caregiver training program.  The training will also support family caregivers who want to care for their older relatives.”

Due to cost, Oldham notes, a majority of the older people receive care from family members. “According to the National Family Caregiving Association (NFCA), family caregivers are providing 80% of long term care in the United States, most of which is unpaid,” said Oldham. “Often the family members are completely unprepared to provide care for older relatives. Therefore, caregiving training for the family caregivers is an urgent necessity. Many of these family caregivers are balancing their work, their family and caring for older relative all at the same time. Training in an alternative format of distance learning will be easier to accommodate into an already over-crowded schedule.”

In Washington State, the demand for caregiving training will increase even more in the future due to changes in educational requirements for caregivers of the elderly and disabled.  The caregiver will be required to complete a new seventy-five hour entry-level training and then has 120 calendar days to complete an additional 70 hours of training consisting of core and patient specific competencies.  


The Caregiving Training

The program will provide home-based caregiver training content through a series of ten e-learning modules.  The content of the ten e-learning modules will consist of high definition videos illustrating the proper techniques for home healthcare, each lasting between five to 10 minutes. It will also include reading assignments, exercises and online assignments.

Techniques demonstrated on the video portion of the e-learning modules include, but are not limited to: mobility, changing a client’s position, transfers, body mechanics, fall prevention, bathing, toileting, hand washing, cleaning & disinfecting, and safe food handling practices. Each video vignette will be narrated and filmed within either a simulated or actual home care setting. The final videos will be professionally edited and hosted from within CCE’s Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Clark College’s Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) Department

With over 8,000 enrollments per year, Clark College’s Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) department is the region's premier provider of classes, seminars, certificate programs and training opportunities. 

CCE has been providing caregiving training since 1997. It has two existing caregiving programs: Fundamentals of Caregiving (FoC) training and Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC). 

Another new program, Adult Family Home Care Administrator training, will begin in fall 2009.



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