Nursing home caregivers urgently needed

DHS to provide free training
Nursing home caregivers urgently needed

There is an urgent need for nursing home caregivers in Wisconsin.

The state is launching a new program called the Caregiver Career Program to train, retain and recruit more nurse aides.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services received $2.3 million from the federal government to fund the program and will work with community colleges across the state to provide free training and testing for students interested in the profession.

The program will also offer a $500 bonus for nurse aides who stay employed for six months or longer.
Money will also go toward advertising to recruit more caregivers.

“Wisconsin faces a really significant crisis in the availability of frontline caregivers,” said John Vander Meer, director of the Wisconsin Health Care Association. “Currently, one-in-seven caregiving positions remains unfilled.”
The state hopes to add 3,000 more caregivers through the program.

DHS is in its early stages of planning the program. An official starting date has not been set.