Sometimes it is the little things that make a big difference.
When members of the FCS Navarumsunk Auxiliary donated more than $700 last year to purchase adult diapers and pads for our Home Care clients in need, they had no idea the impact their donation would have on our client’s lives.
“When I first heard of the gift, I was overjoyed,” says FCS Director of Nursing Kathleen Vourlos. “That may seem like a strong reaction to receiving diapers, but when you think about the inability to toilet independently, you can understand why having enough diapers is so vital to those in need.” (more…)
Our 2016 CHHA training graduates
FCS is currently accepting applications for its free Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) class to be held this summer, July 5th through the 26th at Keyport High School in Keyport, NJ. The 76-hour training program, which can cost upwards of $1,500, is being offered at no cost to students through generous grants from Investors Bank™ and the Mary Owen Borden Foundation. The grants also include funds to cover many of the associated costs and fees normally absorbed by students, including educational materials, application and licensing fees. (more…)
It’s not often that a graduation brings so many tears, but the students enrolled in FCS’s first free Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) training class have formed a very special bond. The group of 17 men and women proudly paraded in cap and gown into a Keyport High School classroom on Tuesday, July 26th, in front of family and friends to receive recognition for passing the exams need to become CHHAs. The students came from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, but they brought a mutually-shared enthusiasm to learn. (more…)
“Our Home Health Aides are our ambassadors in the community. They are in the field, leading us in our Mission to provide compassionate care and helping us pursue our Vision to protect and preserve the dignity and independence of people in need.” – Delly Beekman, FCS CEO
Compassion. Empathy. Professionalism. Kindness. These were just a few of the adjectives used to describe six very special people who were recognized this month for their outstanding work on behalf of FCS (Family & Children’s Service) and their patients. Certified Home Health Aides Pierre Cambry, Velvet Taylor, Mary Edwards, Joyce Ross-Gunter, Gloria B. and Supportive Care Aide Jean Fields were named Aide of the Month in appreciation for all they do to meet the needs of individuals in their care. (more…)
Home Health Aide jobs are one of the fastest growing occupations in the US. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nationwide the number of Home Health Aide jobs will nearly double over the next decade as the number of individuals who need home care, predominantly seniors, also increases. Despite the demand, there remains a critical gap in filling Home Health Aide positions. We’re hoping to bridge that gap by offering free Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) training this summer to 20 qualified applicants. (more…)
CHHA Aides of the Month with CEO Delly Beekman (Far Left) and Director of Nursing, Kathleen Vourlos (Far right) at a recent recognition ceremony.
The choice to hire a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) to care for your loved one may actually save his or her life! Recently our CHHA Maria Anchietta used her in-service training to identify symptoms of a stroke in her patient. Maria immediately called 911 and the patient was transferred to the hospital before further stroke damage could occur. Outstanding service and caring professionalism are two of the many reasons Maria and several of her colleagues were recently named “Aide of the Month” by Family & Children’s Service (FCS) Home Care Services.
As I write this, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has posted coastal flood watches and warnings due to the impact of Hurricane Joaquin on our area. All up and down the Jersey Shore, residences and businesses are busy boarding up windows, lying sandbags and restocking emergency supplies in the event of possible flooding and power outages. Television news stations have set up live trucks in flood-prone towns and everyone is monitoring the forecast on their mobile devices. It’s an all too familiar scene. With memories of Superstorm Sandy still fresh in our minds, we know the potential damage a hurricane can wreak on our homes, our livelihoods and our communities. Even as we hope for the best, we prepare for the worst. (more…)
Larissa Frenkel, July Aide of the Month
Larissa Frenkel knows what it’s like to experience loss. At 62, she has lost two parents and two husbands to terminal illness. She also has had to say goodbye to her only daughter after leaving her homeland for a new home, thousands of miles away.
Growing up in her native Ukraine, Larissa was just 11 years-old when her mother died, leaving her to care for a grieving father and siblings. Running a household at such a young age forced Larissa to grow up quickly and leave childhood behind, but she says, “I did what I had to do.”