Personal Support Specialist Training

South Thomaston — ASK...for Home Care, in its continuing efforts to improve the quality of our health care work force, has successfully completed Personal Suppourt Specialist Training. Lisa Escorsio, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing, who recently received her certification to teach and Joanne Miller, LSW, CMC, CSA, Administrator, who has been recertified to teach, were the instructors. Guest speakers included Terry Burgees, from the Knox County Sheriff's Department and member of TRIAD, speaking about fraud and abuse amongst the elderly; John Ferrell, from the South Thomaston Fire Department, speaking about fire prevention and safety; Laura Livingston on nutrition; 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, Jessica Adams, Kerry Colson and Monica Lombardo assisting. Six students successfully completed the class: Teresa Montgomery of Owls Head, Christina Barrows of Hope, Katrina Coakley of Rockland, Jean Roman and Melissa Peterson of Thomaston, and Diane McGuire of Waldoboro. 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 our local Career Center, who provided funding for two of the students to attend class and participate in on the job training.
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