PCA graduation held June 14

Monday, July 1, 2013

Absolute Care Management Corporation, an Arkansas based Home Care provider, celebrated the beginnings of a newly implemented Personal Care Attendant (PCA) certification course on June 14. The graduation ceremony was held in the Osceola Branch office, where eight ladies were awarded a PCA certification.

Pictured are, from left: Back - Debbie Rhodes, Jacklyn Gonzalez, Patricia Love, Sarah Logan and Michelle Love. Front - Julie Griffis, Susie Fox, RN (instructor), Marcia Potts and Lulavene Jackson. (photos provided)

These ladies were the first to complete this newly implemented course, which has been in planning for several months. This training course was launched in Osceola under the instruction of Susie Fox, RN, branch supervisor.

In November of 2012, Absolute Care Management transitioned the entire caregiver staff of over 400 people from contracted caregivers to company employees. This transition was made in order to offer benefits, paid time off, and training to caregivers.

Once the transition was complete, Absolute Care Administration began planning the development and implementation of a training course, which would, among other benefits, allow new people with the desire and compassion to work in caregiving the opportunity to get the training through the employer. The program has been in development for several months, under the management of Amy McPherson, RN, with input from Susie Fox, RN, and Cathi Blackmon, RN, both of Absolute Care Management.

In May, the program was submitted for review and approved by the Arkansas Department of Health, making it fully recognized by the Office of Long Term Care.

Michelle Love, PCA, (left) and Susie Fox, RN.

The caregivers of the first graduating class in Osceola now have a fully recognized certification to take with them throughout their careers.

Absolute Care will be implementing the training throughout its 26 county service area over the next few weeks.

Kelly Grojean, Sr., director of operations for Absolute Care, said, "The most challenging aspect of the home care business is finding qualified caregivers to provide the care to our clients. This training program will help us to meet that challenge. We are here to serve not only our clients, but also our caregivers. It is imperative that these individuals have the resources and training in place to do their jobs well."

When asked how she felt about the program graduates, instructor Susie Fox, RN, said, "Caregiving is more than a job. It is a lifetime of commitment, caring, and compassion to others. In the heart of caregiving is an art, and in the conscience of caregiving is a science. This class of angels without wings understands both the art and science of caregiving and I am so proud of them all."

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