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.
- Happier Residents, Happier You (customer service)
- Care for the Caregiver (stress reduction)
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
- Person-Centered Care
- Respect in the Workplace
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.
Fall Prevention Program
On May 8, 2014, the Training Fund sponsored 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, presented results of a three year program which resulted in an average of a 32% decrease in the prevalence of resident falls.
Goals of the day included 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 made an action plan to bring back to their facility to implement what they learned.