ASK continues training


Rockland — ASK . . . for Home Care, recognized last year as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine, successfully completed personal support specialist training on May 29.

Lisa Escorsio, Director of Nursing, and Joanne Miller, Administrator, both certified instructors, taught the classes. Guest speakers included Terry Burgess, from the Knox County Sheriff's Department and a member of TRIAD, speaking about fraud and abuse amongst the elderly; Jerry Harjula and David Elwell from the South Thomaston Fire Department speaking about fire prevention and safety; Jodie Heal on finances; and Donna Dyer on human resources and work ethic.

Clinical training took place at the Homesteads at Owls Head and Cushing, with staff members Sheila Greenlaw, Kerry Colson, Elise Kaserman, Connie Dyer and Julia Smith assisting. Six students successfully completed the class: Susan Shorey of Rockland, Martha Bush of Waldoboro, Kelly Crosby of Jefferson, Ann Leavitt of New Harbor, Peggy Yattaw of Owls Head, and Deborah Robinson of Cushing. A graduation ceremony was held on May 29th at the ASK office in South Thomaston. Students received their certificates acknowledging their efforts.

There is a critical shortage of personal support specialists, who play a key role in successful aging in place. Training in this field is supported by the local Career Center, which provided funding for one of the students to attend class.
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