Are You Interested in Becoming a Professional Caregiver? Seeking to Update Your Caregiver Skills?

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Salisbury, MD – Are you interested in becoming a professional caregiver? Or would you like to update your caregiving skills?

MAC’s Care Provider Training Program can help!

  This training is designed for caregivers who are interested in employment in private care, a home health agency, or an assisted living facility.

The next class begins Aug. 5.

   To be registered with a home health agency, care providers are required to have four hours of Alzheimer’s or dementia training before they can go into a client’s home, said Susan Hill, the program manager.

“MAC developed this free training program to help address the shortage of trained entry-level caregivers,” Hill said.

    The training is open to anyone age 18 and older who lives in Wicomico, Worcester or Somerset counties; there is an emphasis on attendees aged 50 and older.

   Program participants:

  • Earn certification in CPR
  • Learn fall prevention strategies
  • Complete Alzheimer’s and dementia education
  • Learn how to deal with difficult client behaviors associated with dementia, and aging in general
  • Learn critical skills for communicating with the patient and family

Topics added to the training include palliative and end-of-life care, and a nutrition component with a demonstration.

   Participants get on-the-job training, working with clients in MAC’s Life Bridges Dementia Day Program and Connections senior center program.

In addition, the program’s job developer will:

  • Help participants get a real feeling for the caregiving occupation
  • Help participants find opportunities and funding for additional education if desired
  • Market the individuals to prospective employers

The program partners with the American Job Center, with information on writing resumes, brushing up on interview skills and conducting an online job search.

Funding for the program is from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), through the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland/Lower Shore Workforce Alliance.

The next session is scheduled to begin in August. 

For more information or to register for the upcoming session, call Susan Hill at 410-742-0505, Ext. 147, or email her at

MAC is a member agency of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

 MAC Incorporated, the Area Agency on Aging, is a private, nonprofit organization, that provides seniors in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties with services that promote dignity, health and independence.