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As 2021 is officially here, I’m delighted to announce that I am the proud owner of the Aishling Care Academy- a Certified Nursing Assistant School (CNA) approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Aishling Care Academy offers the same nurse-aid training that is offered at many community colleges throughout Illinois. It was quite the journey to obtain this permit of approval, but it has been a personal mission of mine for a long time, and it was very much worth the wait! Why, some may  ask? My mother suffered with dementia and it was soul destroying to watch her disease unfold over more than seven years. My family and I provided all the care my mother required and became the caregivers that many others just like her desperately need. It’s a beautiful duty and privilege to be able to provide quality one-on-one cared or the elderly and make a difference in the lives of the sick or aging.

In the spirit of transparency, to date, I have invested slightly over ten thousand dollars to get this CNA school up and running. I had only two students apply into the course for January, and due to low enrollment, was required to cancel the first session. These numbers may have been short in part because of the program’s newness, it not bring listed on the testing center website, or even because of the challenges associated with COVID-19. Nonetheless, I stand by the purpose of the school, including the recruitment and mentorship for students of all ages, backgrounds, etc., and to encourage others to consider a career in healthcare.

What you may not be aware of is the shortage of health care professionals nationally. Becoming a CNA can be the first step to an amazing entry-level healthcare career where you will never be out of work. There is undoubted job security in the field, bringing a sense of sureness for sure for you and your families.

Take a peek at the statistics below and perhaps they might encourage you to sign up! Care may be required for your parents, grandparents, and relatives! Please consider being a part of the change needed to shape the future of healthcare. There are 56 million Americans over age 65 as of 2020 and 85 million over age 85 predicted by 2050. In 2020, an average ratio of 8 caregivers to 1 adult 80+ years of age means that by 2050 the ration will decrease to 3 caregivers per adult 80+ years of age in 2050. In addition, the average distance between parents to any family member spans to 280 miles. Currently, there are 205 hospitals, 150 hospice companies, 390 memory care communities, 484 rehabilitations centers and over 820 home care agencies in Illinois that need trained and dedicated CNA’s.

As the nation’s elderly population surges the shortage of caretakers that is occurring is very troubling. We have over 5 million Americans with a form of dementia. Every 65 second a person is diagnosed in the US with this disease. It is predicted that over 70 % of Americans who reach the age of 65 will be unable to care for themselves at some point- but we can influence that statistic and make the change to help. Are you willing to be a part of the change needed for the future?

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” John F Kennedy  
Accepting applicants of all ages now! Night classed available-8 week course. Scholarships and payment plans available. Visit www.aishlingcareacademy.com or call (708)-234-1985 for further details.

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