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Local students awarded home-health certificates

April 21, 2010
Times Leader

The Area Agency on Aging Region 9’s (AAA9) C.O.A.L.A. program (Council on aging Learning Advantages) will graduate a class on April 8th. This program has graduated several classes since the program began with a grant in 2004. This has been a highly successful program with students receiving home health certifications through this class that prepares them for employment in a home health care field.
In 2005, the COALA program was recognized as an International Council on Active Aging Industry Innovator.  COALA graduates boast’s nearly 100% employment in the home health field.    
The U.S. bureau of labor projected that between the years of 2000 and 2010, the need for healthcare workers will increase at a rate nearly twice that of non-health occupations.  Over the next 20 years projected shortages in home health workers will seriously affect the care older Ohioans receive.  
The C.O.A.L.A. program is designed to train individuals with no previous health care experience to be efficient, caring, members of a home-health care team. Graduates of the program receive education and skills training  to help them provide competent personal care and homemaking services to the older adult population served by AAA9.  Graduates also receive job-placement assistance and follow-up assistance once they enter the field.
The graduates complete a 75-hour learning module over a three week period, and are taught by a Registered Nurse Instructor.  The curriculum consists of a training manual, lecture, classroom interaction, skills practice, videos and written testing. 
The Area Agency on Aging-Region 9, Inc, is designated to serve East Central Ohio by the Ohio Department of Aging under the federal Older Americans Act. They administer Title III, State Senior Services Block Grant, selected Medicaid and numerous grant funds.
For further information about the Area Agency on Aging-Region 9, Inc. and the programs offered, call toll-free (800) 945-4250 or visit their website at

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LOCAL?STUDENTS?recently gained their home-health certificates through the Council on Aging Learning Advantages (COALA). Pictured, from left to right, are: Jessica Rominger-Guernsey County, Carolyn Pierce-Belmont County, Heather Bailey-Guernsey County, Samantha Erb-Noble County, Debra Smalley-Guernsey County, Carol Troyer-Tuscarawas County, Danette Besket-Guernsey County, Jana Palone-Muskingum County, Kayla Crawford-Guernsey County and Nancy Clift-Tuscarawas County.



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