Confederation College Hosts Community Rehabilitation Worker Program Completion Ceremony
November 28, 2022
THUNDER BAY, ON, November 24, 2022 – Through a joint partnership, Eabametoong First Nation, Bearskin Lake First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, North Caribou Lake First Nation, Indigenous Services Canada First Nation and Inuit Home and Community Care, St. Joseph’s Care Group, Lakehead University and Confederation College are excited to announce the first cohort of trainees who have completed the Community Rehabilitation Worker Program.
Led by St. Joseph’s Care Group as the Regional Rehabilitation lead for the north west and funded by Indigenous Services Canada First Nation and Inuit Home and Community Care, the program provides specific training to community members to support the rehabilitation needs of people at home in community. Community Rehabilitation Workers work with home care teams to assist clients with exercise, assistive devices, home safety, as well as support clients to follow their care plans provided by rehabilitation professionals.
“The initiative helps bridge the gap and bring better healthcare to isolated communities within the region. We are excited to offer this flexible programming, through our partnerships, and to meet the training needs of these community members and their communities,” explained Kathleen Lynch, President of Confederation College.
The partnership between the eight institutions invited people from Bearskin Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, North Caribou Lake First Nation and Sandy Lake First Nation to participate in the program.
Since starting the program in March 2022, students have trained in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout, as well as had the opportunity to practice rehabilitation principles and practical skills in their home communities. They are in training one week a month and the other three weeks they return home to practice their rehabilitation skills with clients in their community.
Six students have successfully completed the program and will be honoured tomorrow.