Press Release: CareAcademy Partners with Visiting Nurse Service of New York to Transform Training and Certification Strategy for VNSNY Frontline Care Workers

by | Feb 9, 2021

Using Online Courses to Achieve and Maintain Home Care Certification for the First Time in New York State

CareAcademy, the leading home care and home health workforce empowerment platform, today announced a strategic partnership with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organizations. By leveraging CareAcademy’s mobile training and compliance platform, Partners in Care, a part of VNSNY that provides home health aide and private pay services, will empower its staff to achieve and maintain home care certification via online courses for the first time in New York State history. While New York has traditionally required in-person home care training and certification, the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced home care agencies to innovate and leverage remote tools to train and certify their home care aide workforce.

“With over 6,500 home health aides on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic each day, we have constantly examined ways to improve how we deliver care, and how we engage with our workforce to ensure that the vulnerable New Yorkers who depend on us receive the care they need,” said Dan Savitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Service of New York. “Partnering with CareAcademy to deliver high-quality, on-demand training for our direct care workforce is one of the bright spots to come from this focused effort” added Savitt. “For the first time, we can provide the critical training our staff requires in a flexible manner, enabling them to safely receive training when and where it is convenient for them. This ensures that our staff is able to execute at the highest level possible as we serve the more than 44,000 people in our care each day.”

“The success of this new online training program expands our ability to attract and retain some of the best talent out there and to take care of our consumers now and in the future,” said James Rolla, SVP for Partners in Care. “The future of health care depends on our ability to be adaptable, especially in such turbulent times, and along with our stellar Education and Recruitment teams we now have a new tool in our tool belt to be even more successful,” added Anthony Dawson, VP, Quality and Customer Experience.

CareAcademy’s mission is to upskill and prepare direct care workers to meet the growing demand for home-based care serving older adults. Through its partnership with CareAcademy, VNSNY home care workers can now access vital training online while complying with local and federal regulations.

“CareAcademy is committed to providing online access to home care training and certification, meeting direct care workers where they are, whether that be on a computer, tablet or mobile device,” said CareAcademy CEO and Founder Helen Adeosun. “The COVID-19 pandemic has directly impacted how agencies operating in New York State and the country at large prepare their workforce. We look forward to providing VNSNY with the tools to certify its workforce safely and remotely, in a way that is both user-friendly and fits with any schedule.”

To learn more about how the CareAcademy platform can help you efficiently train your direct care workers and ensure compliance with state-by-state requirements, please visit https://careacademy.com/training/.

About CareAcademy

CareAcademy creates online training that empowers senior care professionals to deliver the highest caliber of service and improve the lives of older adults. More than 150,000 direct care workers are learning and growing professionally through CareAcademy. Coupled with its advanced reporting, training, and compliance management dashboard, CareAcademy is an end-to-end, scalable training solution that transforms home care businesses into efficient industry leaders. To learn more, visit https://careacademy.com

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About Visiting Nurse Service of New York

For 128 years, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has been at the forefront of health care innovation and coordinated care management in the home. Serving the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, VNSNY is one of the largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organizations in the United States. On any given day, VNSNY has approximately 44,000 patients and health plan members in its care and works proactively to promote their health and well-being by providing high-quality, cost-effective health care to vulnerable individuals in their homes and communities.

VNSNY’s operations include VNSNY Home Care, VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, which delivers compassionate care coordination at the end of life, as well as an array of community mental health services. VNSNY also delivers private pay care management and home health aide services through its Partners in Care division, and operates a selection of health plans through its managed care division, VNSNY CHOICE. To complement direct health care services in the home, VNSNY also employs sophisticated data analytics, care management and care coordination to manage the full continuum of post-acute care for its patients and plan members. In addition, VNSNY offers a suite of care management products through VNSNY Care360° Solutions. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York is proud to be one of the largest home- and community-based care management organizations in the New York metropolitan area credentialed with SAGECare Platinum level LGBTQ cultural competency. Visit us at: www.VNSNY.org.

PR Contact: PAN Communications Angelica Bishop (617) 502-4390 abishop@pancomm.com

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