Montgomery College Wins $15,000 Grant for Caregiver Training Program

Grant will Support College’s Efforts to Expand its Home Care Companion Program

The International Longevity Center, with support from the MetLife Foundation, has selected Montgomery College to receive a $15,000 grant for its caregiver training program. Grant funds will be used to support the College’s noncredit “Home Care Companion” course within its Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WD&CE) division. The course trains students to serve as companions to individuals, residing at home, who are able to care for themselves in activities of daily living, but require assistance and supervision to maintain a safe and optimal living experience. “Montgomery College’s Home Care Companion course serves a crucial need for a growing number of seniors who are ‘aging in place,’ that is, not leaving Montgomery County as they retire,” states Judy Carver, program director in the WD&CE Health Sciences Institute. “We are so grateful to the International Longevity Center and the MetLife Foundation for selecting Montgomery College for this generous grant.”

With the grant funding, the College will revise its existing Home Care Companion curricula to include feeding training, support recruitment and networking opportunities for potential and past students, and provide scholarships for students with financial need.

The 2010 Community College Training Initiative grants are part of the Caregiving Project for Older Americans, a partnership of the International Longevity Center and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education. In addition to Montgomery College, 12 other community colleges across the country also received $15,000 grants. The grants are intended to address a growing caregiving crisis by encouraging the expansion of caregiver training programs for family caregivers and in-home care workers. Since 2007, the initiative has awarded over 50 grants.

“Now in its fourth year, this program has gained tremendous momentum. This year’s applications were of extremely high quality and represented community colleges throughout the U.S.,” said Dr. Robert N. Butler, president and CEO of the International Longevity Center. “More than ever, people who need quality homecare are having difficulty finding it, and families who often provide care are facing greater challenges balancing work and home responsibilities.”

To learn more about the Home Care Companion course at Montgomery College, please visit: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/healthsciencesinstitute.html.

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