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posted: 7/11/2013 11:43 AM

S. Elgin's Visiting Angels adds a training center

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  • Pam Sebern of Arden Courts of Geneva conducts a training class for the CAN staff of Visiting Angels of South Elgin.

      Pam Sebern of Arden Courts of Geneva conducts a training class for the CAN staff of Visiting Angels of South Elgin.
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Submitted by Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels of South Elgin announces the addition of a 1,300-square-foot training center at its 65 Woodbury St. location.

The training center will be primarily used to offer ongoing education to the caregiving staff. Visiting Angels employs more than 89 caregivers that provide home assistance services to the surrounding communities.

Ninety percent of the caregivers are certified nurse assistants and must enroll in 12 continuing education hours each year in order to sustain their certification. Caregivers receive hands-on training as well as video training.

"Our caregivers expressed the desire for live, hands-on training and our new training center allows us to accommodate that request," said Arlene Petersen, owner of the South Elgin office.

"Some of our topics include dementia training, proper transfer techniques for clients unable to fully ambulate, how to engage clients with brain stimulating games, learning about hoarding tendencies, etc. The caregivers made their requests known and we have been able to make them a reality."

"Education is one of the essential ingredients in developing trust with our clients. The desire for a caregiver to invest in their skills ensures that we can provide the most excellent care in a client's home, and that is what we have built our reputation on," said Tami Trosien, a registered nurse and managing director at Visiting Angels.

"We also have a full kitchen that will allow us to offer diet-restricted cooking classes to the community, focusing on nutrition, health, and fitness."

The training center easily accommodates 24 in a classroom style setup and various seating configurations are an option due to modular furnishings. The center features computer, video, and projection capabilities.

Visiting Angels provides home care and Life Care Navigation services such as RN medication review and management, bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, or companionship. Respite for families who provide loved ones with care is also available.

If you would like more information about Visiting Angels, call (847) 429-0100.

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