* 116 E. Main Street, Suite D, Patchogue, NY
* 95 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY
Utopia offers its classes free to help the public meet the needs of the area’s growing aging and disabled populations. Increasingly, the public is turning to home health care agencies, or sometimes choosing to take on caretaking responsibilities themselves, or a combination of both, rather than have their family member be cared for in nursing homes or other facility.
“There is a steadily growing need to teach people the skills required to take on the responsibilities of being a caregiver for members of their own family,” said Diane Martinez, Executive Vice President, Utopia Home Care. “Our goal as a company is to allow patients to be cared for at home, rather than at a nursing home or other facility. Most people prefer the comforts and familiar surroundings of their own home. Providing free caregiver training is an extension of that mission and will help to ensure that caregivers have the necessary training to properly address the home health care needs of their loved ones.”
Four topics will be covered:
Session 1 9:30 - 11:00am Ambulating with a person, cane, or walker
Session 2 11:00 - 12:30pm Transfers: bed to wheelchair and back, wheelchair to toilet and back
Session 3 1:30 - 3:00pm Turning and Positioning, skin & incontinent care, and use of bedpan & urinal
Session 4 3:00 - 4:30pm Use of a Hoyer Lift
* Please note that the purpose of the training is to gain personal skills. No certificates will be given.
Scheduled dates are subject to change. Classes are monthly and are rotated among five of Utopia’s six Long Island locations. Please call to register for a training class and directions. Caregivers can attend one, or more, or all the sessions. For Utopia’s other five office locations on Long Island and information about the free caregiver training program, as well as job opportunities at Utopia Home Care, contact the Patchogue office at (631) 654-8006, the Westbury office at (516) 334-4807 or visit www.utopiahomecare.com.
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About Utopia Home Care
Utopia Home Care, Inc. is a family-owned home health care agency. It is experienced in every level of home health care, including accident rehabilitation, pediatric care, elder care, treatment for those patients with disabilities, as well as for those with long term and short term illness. The company’s services meet the full range of the patient’s needs from Home Health and Live-in Aides to Registered Nurses. Utopia is a nationally accredited agency by CHAP. Headquartered in Kings Park, New York, Utopia has twenty three branch offices located in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. It now has over 2,500 dedicated employees servicing thousands of patients each year. With home health care seen as one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, Utopia has been recognized as one of New York Metro region’s fastest growing privately-owned companies and Long Island’s largest minority-owned business.