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Start a Career in Healthcare with Catholic Charities’ Free Geriatric Home Aide Course


For more than eight years, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, in partnership with Foothill Community College, have offered a free certificate course in Geriatric home aide (in-home care). This course is being offered again three times this year, with sessions starting in January, April, and September. An orientation and Q&A session will be held on January 29 from 10 a.m. to noon, and the first class will begin immediately afterwards, from noon to 2 p.m.

Taking the non-credit course is a great way to begin one’s journey in healthcare. The training is designed to provide students with basic, hands-on skills and knowledge that are needed to start a career in health care. This course emphasizes basic nursing needs, safety considerations, and nutritional needs for older adults. Students also learn how to provide care to ambulatory elderly patients in their homes.

Students who have graduated from the class have been successful in starting careers in the healthcare industry, and have found work as caregivers, nurse assistants, or have continued their education and graduated with a degree in healthcare.

A former student states, “I now have more knowledge of the common conditions that an elderly person might face. I can approach a client and effectively address concerns with greater confidence, always with empathy. I now have a guideline for professionalism and scope of practice.”

Class meeting dates are January 29 to March 28 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In total, there are 104 hours of classroom training, no tuition or fees, and books will be provided. No residency documentation is required. Classes take place at Catholic Charities’ headquarters, 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, 95134.

To sign up or learn more, please call (408) 325-5171 or visit our website at www.catholiccharitiesscc.org.