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Heritage Communities, Help My Senior join forces to combat Arizona caregiver shortages through training classes

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Arizona’s Orchard Pointe by Heritage Communities is teaming up with Help My Senior, LLC to provide personalized and compassion-based, on-going nursing care institution administrators and assisted living facility managers-approved caregiver certification training classes.

Representatives of Heritage Communities say the hope is to alleviate caregiver shortages through low-cost training for those in and looking to enter the senior living industry.

Course work includes personalized training class time, distance learning and hands-on skills training from 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. the first two Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month, according to a press release. Free course enrollment is offered to retired, active seniors interested in entering the professional caregiving industry but registration is required.

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“Our Certified Caregiver classes specifically focus on the treasured caregivers themselves, allowing them to feel uplifted after taking the course,” said Shelly Drews, regional outreach and education specialist at Heritage Communities, in a prepared statement.

“As a result, they not only come out certified, but also feeling empowered with a solid performance file in-hand to bring to their future employers. This ensures greater job performance and satisfaction for both the caregiver and their employer — a win-win!”

Also, to honor and support those working in elder care, and as part of the launch of the Caregiver Certification classes, Orchard Pointe is also joining forces with leading international dementia expert Teepa Snow.

The partnership is producing a free, caregiver educational event Tuesday, July 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria.

To register for the special Teepa Snow event and/or for the above Certified Caregiver training classes, contact Regional Outreach and Education Specialist, Shelly Drews, 602-327-3096,

“Our seniors deserve the best care possible and we are committed to working together to help decrease the caregiver shortage here in Arizona,” said Regional Director of Operations at Heritage Communities, Rhonda Thiel, in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to be doing our part to help bring a new wave of stellar and well-trained caregivers into the senior living industry.”

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