Maury River Home Care To Offer Pre-Employment Training at DSLCC

Laura Simpson, MRHC Care Coordinator, with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.
Laura Simpson, MRHC Care Coordinator, with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.

Maury River Home Care (MRHC), a newly licensed in-home care service established by Valley Program for Aging Services to serve residents of the Rockbridge area, will schedule information and training sessions for those interested in securing employment as in-home caregivers with the agency. Through a partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, MRHC will hold all sessions on evenings and Saturdays at the College’s Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The first set of sessions will begin with two information meetings on January 9, 2014.

Care Coordinator Laura Simpson RN, MSN, stated that she expects the new venture to be very positive. “This is an exciting model that we will launch with DSLCC because it fulfills two important goals,” says Simpson. It helps to build a local workforce of carefully screened and well-trained caregivers, so that our elders can receive the in-home support they deserve. And it is a partnership which allows our agency to support the professional development of those who are dedicated to home health or beginning a career in health care. I look forward to meeting everyone who is interested in learning more about the opportunities offered by MRHC and DSLCC.

Those who are interested in attending the sessions should have a high school diploma or GED and at least one year experience as a caregiver. Certification as a Nurse’s Aide or as a Personal Care Assistant is highly preferred. Successful candidates will receive training on delivering person-centered in-home support. CPR training and additional screening requirements will prepare candidates for successful employment and further education if desired. Cost of attending all sessions is $25, due at the time of registration.

Successful completers of the program will be offered employment with MRHC and after 90 days of successful employment, MRHC will reimburse each employee for the $25 fee.

Interested persons may attend one of the two information sessions on January 9: 5:00 to 6:30 pm or 6:45 to 8:15 pm. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Laura Simpson at or call (540) 261-1187.