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Local News in Brief : Training Program for Home Care Proposed

A program to train providers of in-home care for the elderly was proposed as a joint program Monday by the city of Los Angeles and Cal State Los Angeles.

Mayor Tom Bradley, Cal State Los Angeles President James Rosser, City Councilman Joel Wachs and Rep. Edward R. Roybal (D-Los Angeles) were at City Hall to present the program, which would train 200 care providers in its first year.

An estimated 552,000 Los Angeles residents are 60 years of age or older, and more than one-third of them are past age 75.

“They often are left without adequate home care,” Bradley said. "(There is) inadequate training for those who are willing to do this work.”

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The proposal would use $250,000 of the city’s 1989-90 allotment of federal Job Training Partnership Act funds to establish a training program at the Cal State L.A. School of Health and Human Services.

If approved by the council, the program would begin next summer. It would train professional care providers and certify them as qualified in basic services, including personal hygiene and household chores. It would also train family members and friends of elderly people.


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