The value of geriatric care enhancement training for direct service workers

Academic Article


  • This study reports on the evaluation of a skills-enhancement training series for direct service providers in home care that was part of a federally funded state-level initiative to improve employee recruitment and retention. The gerontological training curriculum included content to improve problem-solving, communication, and stress management skills in order to increase professionalism and self-efficacy. While the first year of training utilized a network of "real-time" compressed video-teleconferencing broadcast to satellite sites statewide, these broadcasts were videotaped and accompanied by trained moderator-led scripted case study discussions at each of the sites during the second year. As the training series progressed, there was a linear increase in the likelihood that training would change the way participants performed their jobs in the future. Importantly, the training was more highly rated by the participants who had a greater commitment to pursuing their care work with geriatric clients. The merit of the program and implications of the results for the issue of employee retention are discussed. © 2007 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • Coogle CL; Parham IA; Jablonski R; Rachel JA
  • Start Page

  • 109
  • End Page

  • 131
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 2