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Homecare Worker Training

Public Authority Training Program

Free classes and workshops on providing homecare services through IHSS and how the IHSS program works. Find more details in The Public Authority Post.

Who is eligible?

Current IHSS homecare workers in Alameda County and those accepted and active on the Public Authority registry are eligible for Public Authority training.

How can I learn about the classes?

Join the Training Mail List! If you want to be placed on the mailing list to receive notice about upcoming workshops or classes in your part of the county, call 510-577-3554 or e-mailing Lynn Rivas at lrivas@ac-pa4ihss.organd let us know your name, full address, phone number and preferred training language. Want to receive information by e-mail too?

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Interested in written materials about IHSS?

Check out the Publications Page.

Is training required?

All Public Authority training classes are voluntary.

The IHSS program does not require homecare workers to take skills training classes. The only required class is a one hour IHSS Orientation that must be completed before one is paid to work as an IHSS provider. This orientation is offered by Adult and Aging Services/IHSS Program, not the Public Authority for IHSS.

The Public Authority Registry does not require specific classes in order to be referred out to providers, unless clearly requested during the interview process. Participation in the Public Authority workshops and classes may improve your chances of being accepted on the registry and employed by IHSS consumers who use the Registry to connect with homecare workers.

Core Workshop & Class Descriptions

IHSS Basics

Learn who employs IHSS workers, what job duties you might perform, how to be successful in an interview, and how to negotiate a job agreement. Participants learn about about consumer rights including a consumer's right to appeal a cut in their hours. You will also learn about medical conditions common for people who are elderly. 

Caring for Yourself, While Caring for Others

In the second half of the IHSS Basics class you learn how to keep yourself safe on the job using a new guide to health and safety, created just for IHSS homecare workers in Alameda County. You will receive a free copy of the guide and learn many new tips and tools for keeping yourself and the consumer safe!

First Aid & CPR

Learn how to prevent, prepare for and respond to workplace emergencies. Participants receive certification for successful completion of the course.

Homecare Worker Class

The Public Authority collaborates with community agencies to offer homecare worker classes. This class takes place over 4 weeks and includes 24 hours of instruction. Instruction covers: Exploring the basics of aging and disabilities, understanding independent living philosophy, assisting with medications and nutrition, maintaining good hygiene and personal care skills, building and keeping good relationships and practicing health and safety on the job.

Occasional workshops on other topics are also offered. See the The Public Authority Post for more details.

Featured Online Information and Training

This month our we are spotlighting an empowering and informative set of videos which give a snapshot of life and advocacy of longtime disability rights activist, and current Public Authority Advisory Board member, Mark Beckwith. Daniel Mcgrath, Mark's provider of 8 years filmed and produced this video for his senior thesis. Thanks to Mark and Daniel for allowing us to spotlight it here. It is a powerful example of collaboration between consumers and providers in the IHSS community.

Gaining Momentum Part 1 featuring Mark Beckwith

Gaining Momentum Part 2 featuring Mark Beckwith

We are also Spotlighting the Video "Access for Disabled Women: Tell Your Doctor about Your Access Needs" from the "MAP to Access" web site of the World Institute on Disability. Dr. Marsha Saxton, at the request of the California Wellness Foundation who funds the website and funded the video, designed it to empower women with disabilities to effectively advocate for themselves with health care providers. The video targets women; nevertheless it has important lessons for all IHSS consumers and the people who support them.

Access for Disabled Women: Tell Your Doctor about Your Access Needs

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    Quick Links

    Homecare Worker Registry
    Homecare Worker Health Benefits

    Public Authority Publications
    In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

    Workshop & Class Schedule
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    To enroll in the workshops, download the Public Authority Post and mail the registration form to the Public Authority Training Program (address is found on the form).