Deep Compassion Forges a Passion for Learning

Congratulations to Companion Caregiver Natisha Walton, now certified as a Home Health Aide

A passion for learning and the underlying commitment toward self-betterment finds its source from many different things. The source can be an event or a life experience. It can simply be what’s in our DNA. It can sometimes be both, or other factors altogether.

With Maplewood Home Care’s Companion Caregiver Natisha Walton, her passion for learning stems in large part from the deep and sincere compassion she holds for the people in her care.

This was evidently clear as we got to know Natisha during her first interviews with us. When our employees exhibit in such tangible ways the level of compassion, skill and commitment, our philosophy is to show the same level of commitment toward them by extending opportunities to take part in specialized training. These training opportunities give Maplewood Home Care employees a chance to grow their skillset, qualify to become available for more caregiving assignments, and to ultimately (and most importantly) bring benefit to the people who are in our care.

In Natisha’s case, we wanted to extend the opportunity for her to gain her Home Health Aide (HHA) certification. Natisha has provided non-medical, companion care services since becoming a Maplewood Home Care employee in July of this year. With the completion of her HHA certification training on October 6, Natisha now has the ability to provide hands-on care for Maplewood Home Care clients to assist in their basic and instrumental activities of daily living. Natisha is our first employee to complete an HHA certification course while working for Maplewood Home Care as a Companion Caregiver.

Training for Natisha started on September 22. Sessions ran Monday thru Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. As required by New York State, Natisha’s training included 75 hours of classroom training and 16 hours of practical training, including time spent in a patient care setting. The practical training time was supervised by the training program’s Registered Nurse.

To administer Natisha’s training, we chose training facilities, clinicians and curriculum offered by Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Signature Care. An affiliate of University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), VNS provided a curriculum that is approved by the New York State Department of Health and that meets our own high standards. It was after very careful consideration that the choice of training resource was made, given Maplewood’s decades of providing the highest quality of senior care, and our endless commitment to the Maplewood Way.

Once again, congratulations to Natisha Walton for being our first Companion Caregiver to complete training for HHA certification! We look forward to identifying more candidates for specialized training in the future.