Health and Public Services

Prepare to Care Training

Prepare to Care is a new training program available across Iowa that provides career pathways and flexible careers for individuals involved in direct care work. Direct care positions provide hands-on support and care to people with health conditions, illnesses, or disabilities and are among the fastest-growing and highest-demand jobs in Iowa.

Who are Direct Care Professionals?

Direct Care Professionals go by many titles, certified nurse aide, home care and home health aide, personal care attendant, direct support professional, and many more. This valuable segment of the workforce serve in private homes, assisted living and nursing facilities, hospitals, adult day centers, and a variety of settings for people with disabilities.

What are the Benefits?

Prepare to Care training can be taken by individuals with experience who are currently working and by those who want to enter the direct care field.

Community Living Professional

Community Living Professional is an advanced training certificate for direct care professionals. This training certificate includes Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification and four Prepare to Care training modules:

  • Core - Obtain basic  knowledge and an introduction to the direct care profession.
  • Home and Community Living - Help individuals enhance or maintain their independence by accessing community supports and services, and achieve personal goals.
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living - Learn how to assist individuals with daily living tasks to function independently in a home or community setting.
  • Personal Support - Learn how to provide support to individuals as they perform personal care activities of daily living.

Who should enroll in Community Living Professional?

Individuals who work with or are interested in working with individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. You may work in group homes or adult day support centers.

Community Living Professional Training Schedule

Date April 4-May 9, 2017
Time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am-Noon
Cost $305 per person. Financial assistance may be available to businesses and individuals that qualify.
Location Martin Luther King Jr. Center
515 Beech Street, Waterloo
Registration Call 319-296-4290 to register
Questions Call 319-296-4290 for more information.

Core Training

Core training teaches basic foundation knowledge and an introduction to the profession. This course is a pre-requisite to all other Prepare to Care classes. You will learn:

  • Professionalism
  • Person-centered approach
  • Infection control
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Documentation
  • Mobility assistance and worker safety

Estimated Course Length: 6 hours

Who should take Core training?

Direct care staff such as nurse aides, certified medication aids, medication managers, home health aides, and others will benefit from the training.

Core Training Schedule

Date No classes currently scheduled.
Questions Call 319-296-4290 for more information

A Call to Mentoring: Peer Mentor Instructor Training

Would you like to help decrease turnover in health, long-term care, and community-based settings? Improve the retention rate of direct care staff by building capacity in your organization to train direct care staff to be mentors to each other. You'll increase your knowledge and skills needed to instruct  mentors and build and sustain a successful mentor program. Discussions will include potential benefits and challenges of peer mentoring. You will receive a variety of training resources including:

  • A Call to Mentoring Manager Toolkit
  • Instructor Training Manual
  • Peer Mentor Toolkit

Estimated Course Length: 7 hours

Who should enroll in A Call to Mentoring?

This class is designed for people who have experience in teaching, supervising, or working with direct care staff in any health, long-term care, or community-based setting and want to become a Peer Mentor Instructor of direct care staff.

A Call to Mentoring Training Schedule

Date No classes currently scheduled.
Questions Call 319-296-4290 for more information.

Mouth Care Matters

Mouth Care Matters is a specialty training course within the Prepare to Care curriculum. Direct care professionals will receive advanced oral health education, with the goal of providing optimal oral health for persons served. Graduates of this course will receive a state-issued certificate, and have the specialty training listed in the State Carebook, which allows training to be portable to other work settings.

Pre-requisite: Core Training

Who should enroll in Mouth Care Matters?

Mouth Care Matters is for direct care/support staff in any health, long-term care, or community-based setting.

Mouth Care Matters Training Schedule

Date No classes currently scheduled.
Questions Call 319-206-4290 for more information.

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Brenda Helmuth
319-296-2329 ext.3017
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