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Caregiver Continuing Education

We believe that Orcas residents who require Caregiver assistance with daily living deserve well trained Caregivers.  We also believe that many of the island's existing individual providers of this service would like to further develop their skills but are challenged by our isolation from appropriate educational facilities and the high cost of participation in this type of training.

Washington State certified long term care workers must complete 12 hours of continuing education annually.   Lahari sponsors, collaborating with Bellingham Technical College, on-island DSHS approved Caregiver Continuing Education classes quarterly.  All of the classes are free and open to the public. 

If you're interested specifically in Washington State Home Care Aide (HCA) Training click  HERE.  

Lahari Sponsored Caregiver CE Classes and Events

The 2018 Continuing Education Calendar

Date Course Name CE Credits
March 22 Understanding the Layers of Skin Care 4
May 17 Hospice Foundation of America event:“Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth” none
June, July, August DSHS Approved Online Courses various
November 15 Navigating Through Challenging Behaviors 3    

More information on the courses and registration will be available as each course date draws near. This information is to help caregivers plan to complete the 12 CEUs required to maintain HCA certification.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Eastsound Fire Station Meeting Room

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As a long term care worker, there will be times when working with a client requires more effort, skill, and patience on your part because of a client’s challenging behavior. This course provides information, tips, and best practices to help guide you through these challenging situations.

HOURS: 3 CE Hours of DSHS approved class.

Register HERE

Summer Online Caregiver Continuing Education(CE) Classes

Lahari is once again sponsoring online CE Courses this summer offered by Cornerstone Healthcare Training. The Cornerstone CE Catalog has 23 courses with varying numbers of DSHS CEUs approved for Long Term Care Workers. Cornerstone has added some new courses to their CE catalog since last year. A complete description of the courses and their respective CEUs can be found HERE.

Lahari is sponsoring individuals to take one or more classes, up to 5 total CEUs. For example, you may register for two 1 CEU classes and a 3 CEU class. After looking through the course offerings you may register online HERE.

There is no time limit in completing the classes once you register, but registration for this program is open until August 31, 2018.


Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Orcas Senior Center

Hospice Foundation of America Video Presentation and Local Panel Discussion

Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth is an inspirational program about positive change and action by the bereaved in the aftermath of loss. The program is appropriate for all professionals working in hospice and palliative care, counselors, clergy, funeral professionals, and any professional whose practice involves the bereaved. Ideal for community education and outreach, this program will touch the heart of anyone who has experienced loss with stories of people who have found meaning and purpose through loss. The program will offer clinicians tools to support and encourage transformative growth in grieving clients and will supply self-help advice for the bereaved. 

Program Objectives and Outline

Register HERE

Understanding the Layers of Skin

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Eastsound Fire Station Meeting Room

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for caregivers wanting more information on skin. Topics will include a review of skin and its function, care and nutrition for healthy skin, causes and prevention of skin problems, identifying potential skin problems, and reporting.

4 CE Credits DSHS approved for HCA Certificate holders

The cost of this training is being underwritten by Lahari as part of our initiative to enhance the skill levels of Caregivers on Orcas Island.

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