July 21 was graduation day for four personal support specialists at the ASK…for Home Care office in South Thomaston. The students completed a 50-hour course that included an additional 10 hours of clinical practice at the Homesteads at Cushing and Owls Head.

Director of Nursing Diane Smith and Administrator Joanne Miller taught the students with the assistance of registered nurse Amy Beckett and certified nurses aides Sheila Greenlaw and Kerry Colson. Donna Dyer, home care coordinator, addressed the class on human resources and work ethic, while Jason Heal, operations manager for the Homesteads, taught fire safety.

The four students who received their certifications were Mark Morey of Cushing and Jesse Rae Smith, Ashlee Seavey and Kathy Follett, all of Rockland. The personal support specialist classes and the students who graduate are especially important as there is a critical shortage of trained caregivers for the elderly. The shortage will continue to escalate as the population ages. The training is supported by the local Aspire program, which provided the funding for two of the students. ASK…for Home Care, which has always encouraged employment of well-trained personnel, provides free training for its employees.

For more information about future classes and possible funding sources, call 354-7077 or visit askforhomecare.com.