THE SENIOR’S CHOICE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF CERTIFIED HOSPICE COMPANION AIDE CERTIFICATION

Newest Proprietary Advanced Certification Program Designed To Train CCAs® In The Specialized Delivery Of Home-Based Hospice Care

March 7, 2009 – The Senior’s Choice is proud to announce the release of its Certified Hospice Companion Aide (CHCA) certification program, an advanced certification program designed to train Certified Companion Aides® (CCAs®) in the specialized delivery of home-based hospice care. It was developed by The Senior’s Choice in concert with long time, fellow member, Bobbi Root, RN and founder of Stellar Living Assistance of Downers Grove, IL. Bobbi is a veteran hospice nurse with enormous experience and many years specializing in the demanding field of hospice care as well as training those who provide it.

By integrating the CHCA into their training curriculum, members add a Unique Selling Proposition that provides them with an even more powerful competitive advantage. Hospice care is growing across the country and the need will only increase as seniors choose to remain at home at the end of their lives. Those who provide hospice care soon learn that it is privileged work. And it pays well, too.

The program contains:
• An 8 chapter manual covering the following topics:
o Introduction to Hospice
o Communication
o Stages of Death and Dying
o Culture and Diversity
o Pain Management
o Symptom Management
o The End of Days
o Grief, Loss and Bereavement
• A PowerPoint Presentation for leading live group training
• 2 DVDs of Bobbi Root presenting CHCA Training for video training
• Tests and Answer Keys for all modules
• A CareGiver Invitation Letter to invite your current CCAs® to the program
• Brochure Insert Card template, fully customizable, for marketing your CHCAs

The CHCA training program has been field tested with care staff from our member companies Stellar Living Assistance and Partners In Care. Here’s what new CHCAs are saying:
“We never know what we may be faced with [in hospice care] … I can identify the stages and now I have the ability to know what to expect. [Bobbi Root’s] delivery was excellent and the handbook is an excellent resource” — Annie B.
“I’ve become more observant to the things happening to my client…the training was
invaluable.” — Mary M-D.

Steve Everhart, President and Founder of The Senior’s Choice, couldn’t be more excited about his organization’s latest member offering and its benefits to them, “Whether you’ve had hospice clients before or you’re thinking about taking on hospice clients for the first time, there’s no time like the present to bring your care team up to speed for the challenge” he says. “We know from experience there’s no substitute for preparation and great training. The Senior’s Choice is proud that it continues to provide its members with great tools to help them meet new challenges, serve more clients and remain the leading
care providers in their communities.”

Founded in 1998, The Senior’s Choice is the nation’s largest network of independent private duty companies with members in the United States and Canada. The Senior’s Choice membership model was developed as an alternative to franchising that gives entrepreneurs a step-by-step guide to starting their businesses, along with comprehensive training and unparalleled support, without the long-term conditions and high costs imposed on them by a franchise.

Senior’s Choice Member, Tender Hearts at Home Senior Care of Cincinnati, Ohio provides the best non-medical home care services with compassionate caregivers. They provide home health care, elder care, live in care, personal care, companion care, respite care, errands, transportation, home helper and senior helper services and all many other types of non-medical senior care. A family owned and operated company in Cincinnati, Ohio and Mason, Ohio serving Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties. Family Helping Families. Please call us when your loved one needs help at 513-234-0805

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