The Training Fund works collaboratively with contributing employers to offer on-site education and training, as
well as off-site training for labor-management teams on topics of interest.
Labor-Management Training Initiative
Each nursing home that contributes to the Training Fund is eligible to apply for training(s) valued up to $5,000 twice per year. The Initiative may be used for a variety of trainings that are valuable to both management and unionized staff.
In 2013, 21 nursing homes participated in this initiative. Over 1200 union staff participated in the trainings and over 160 non-union staff participated. Topics of the trainings included:
- Happier Residents, Happier You (customer service)
- Care for the Caregiver (stress reduction)
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
- Person-Centered Care
- Respect in the Workplace
In 2014, 28 nursing homes have applied to have trainings brought to their facilities as part of this initiative, and these trainings will be scheduled in the first half of 2014.
Ergonomics Training for Nursing Home Workers, OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant
The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) is leading a program, in collaboration with the 1199 Training Fund, to develop the capacity to conduct ergonomics training in nursing homes through training a cadre of trainers in Connecticut nursing homes (UMass Lowell is leading this program throughout New England). The training is intended for all departments and job categories. The goal of the program is to increase awareness among workers of ergonomic hazards and to prevent and/or reduce musculoskeletal injuries.
In 2013, five nursing homes participated in this project, and in 2014 seven Connecticut nursing homes are expected to participate.
Fall Prevention Program
On May 8, 2014, the Training Fund is sponsoring a one day training session on Fall Prevention in nursing homes. Sue Ann Guilderman, the Education Director at Empira, a collaborative and cooperative effort of older adult service providers in Minnesota, will be presenting results of a three year program which resulted in an average of a 32% decrease in the prevalence of resident falls.
All nursing homes that contribute to the Training Fund may send labor-management teams to this training. Goals of the day include learning about program outcomes from skilled nursing facilities that are now alarm-free, restraint-free, have corrected bed heights (no low beds), use no floor mats, and are cautionary in the use of gripper socks. By the end of the day, each team will have made an action plan to bring back to their facility to implement what they have learned.