CareAcademy will acquire NextStep’s video-based content and learning management technology for CNAs to expand its footprint as the training solution of choice across the caregiver ecosystem.
CareAcademy, a social impact enterprise that empowers family and professional caregivers to learn how to deliver the best care to older adults won the Grand Prize in the 2018 North American MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC), a global competition that awards entrepreneurs using technology to reinvent the future of work. MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge Grand Prize is a grant of $250,000 each to four global entrepreneurs that are using technology to solve the grand challenge of our time: to create shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work in the digital era. CareAcademy won in the Skills Development and Opportunity Matching category.
"There’s a major shortage of senior caregivers and home health aides nationwide.” said Helen Adeosun, CEO and Co-founder of CareAcademy. “Our online training provides pathways for entry level workers to start and advance their career in healthcare."
“Imagine a training program that gives entry level workers the education and skills needed to get their first job in healthcare.” says CEO Helen Adeosun.
Now imagine that education being delivered on a smartphone and it can be completed in under 10 days. And what if this education was provided by local healthcare employers who needs to hire dozens of workers every month to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.
We’re working with senior care employers across the United States and Canada to do that and the industry is starting to take notice.
Boston-based CareAcademy provides expert-developed online training for senior home care professionals. Hour-long video courses, which can be accessed on any mobile device, cover critical topics such as infection control, nutrition and meal preparation, dementia, fall prevention, and safe transfers. The company provides 24/7 English and Spanish language technical support to accommodate over 18,000 caregivers’ schedules.