There are over a thousand people in Northwest Wisconsin who are on State waiting lists for home health care services. They are elderly, or suffer from a debilitating chronic illness, or they have life-limiting disabilities. And they are our neighbors, our friends, our family members. To help them stay in their own homes, our region needs Direct Care Workers, and we need a few hundred. We need good, caring people, who want to help others who cannot help themselves.
A direct care worker has an interesting, challenging job. No two days are ever the same. That's why we need adaptable people who like variety and enjoy a challenge. Here are some of the jobs you might do for your neighbor, your relative, or maybe someone in a nearby town-
• You'll help with daily tasks, like getting dressed and getting in and out of bed. • You'll help people move from bed to chair • You may provide assistance with bathing, feeding, and other personal care • You'll offer support and security for people who use walkers or canes • You'll take care of housekeeping duties, like cooking and laundry
But most of all, you'll be a helpful, dependable friend. Someone to talk to, visit with, count on.
And, you'll be well-trained and well-prepared for this responsibility. The training is offered by private home health care providers, area technical colleges, and Indianhead Community Action Agency-at no charge to you. With a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program (known as CEP, Inc) is paying for the training, so that qualified people can become Direct Care Workers. And, when people successfully complete the training, they'll receive stipends to help pay for their first uniforms and other supplies.
To learn more about a career as a Direct Care worker in Northwest Wisconsin, contact your nearest CEP office or Job Center, and ask about the opportunities in your community.
A career in caring is a career for life... The video below provides prospective workers with more information on a career as a Direct Care Worker.
Residents of Barron and Polk Counties may contact their Job Centers: Barron County Job Center, in Rice Lake: 715-234-6806 and Polk County Job Center, in Balsam Lake: 715-485-3115