When does the housekeeper training start?
Posted February 25, 2018 07:11:51Housekeeping training has been a topic of interest since the beginning of the year, with the number of homeschooling families raising eyebrows.
The topic has gained a renewed focus after several recent deaths in California and New York.
The number of children attending home-based schooling rose to 1.8 million in 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the first increase since 2000.
But it’s the rise of the housekeeping industry that is raising the most questions.
According to a new report by the National Association of Home Care Administrators, which tracks the state of the industry, the number working in the field of home care has grown from 1.3 million in 2009 to 1 million in 2017.
That represents an 8% increase.
The report also notes that the number for home care occupations grew by 2.8% from 2010 to 2016.
It’s a stark contrast to the state where many people still believe that it’s only the “fringe” professions like housekeeping, laundry, or cleaning that are in need of professional development.
“There are still some fringe jobs in home care that we have to train our professionals to take advantage of,” said Amy Wahlstrom, the president and CEO of the National Home Care Association.
“A lot of those jobs that people are looking at right now are those that we’re not really seeing any real demand for.”
According to the NFHA, the industry is worth more than $2.5 trillion annually, but the number that works for each home care professional is extremely limited.
The NFHA is not making a profit, so it’s not in the same league as the big players like nursing homes or home health services.
“I’m really concerned that the market is not being educated enough on how to train people in the skills they need,” Wahlstroms said.
“They need to know how to handle their own household.”
As with any industry, there are plenty of jobs that don’t require a home care license.
And many people who aren’t training in those fields still don’t know how or where to get one.
But the reality is that many of the occupations that do require a license, like nursing, home health, or food preparation, are growing quickly, and home care is only a small part of that.
“What I hear from people, especially parents, is, ‘I don’t want to be a home-care professional,'” said Mary Ann Rennell, who has worked in home-health-care services for more than 20 years.
“I’m looking for something that I can do on my own.”
The NFHA offers a lot of practical information on home care and says it will be a useful resource for home-schooling parents, too.
It’s also a place where anyone can start.
“The biggest thing that I’ve learned from the NFAA is that home-keeping is a career,” said Rennel.
“So there are certain things that are important that we don’t really cover.
We don’t have all the skills that we need to do.”
Rennell said that the NFIA’s training is more geared toward homeschoolers.
If that’s the case, home-learning programs like Home First Home Care and Home First Care Plus offer a more personalized approach to training than some of the more traditional home-shelter programs.
For instance, the NFHE program teaches the skills of cleaning, cooking, and household chores that can be applied to any home.
The program also offers a two-week home care apprenticeship that will allow home-owners to learn skills such as how to make food, cook, or serve meals.
“They’re trying to train home-home care workers as housekeepers,” Rennill said.