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Geriatrics Career Development program featured on CBS 2 News

Geriatrics Career Development Featured on CBS 2 News

CBS 2 News featured Francisca Fadairo, a remarkable high school senior in our Geriatrics Career Development Program (GCD). For the past 15 years, The New Jewish Home’s groundbreaking workforce development program has provided underserved high school students with allied health care certifications, college preparation and invaluable experience caring for older adults. Instead of closing GCD when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we actually hired our GCD participants so they could continue to receive hands-on training and gain firsthand experience working on the front lines as health care heroes.

An intern in the Geriatrics Career Development program at The New Jewish Home

Despite COVID Constraints, GCD Points Toward a Bright Future

When Kayla was a sophomore at Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, her counselor stopped her in the hall. She said to her, “If you’re interested in nursing, you should join GCD.”  

And just like that, Kayla’s future became brighter.

She has wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember. Before she began Geriatric Career Development (GCD) at The New Jewish Home, that dream seemed out of reach. Now, thanks to GCD, it’s an attainable goal.

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Sarah Neuman Small House person directed care

Enhancing Care Through Deep Knowing

Mrs. L., a resident at Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home’s Westchester campus, was visited regularly by her husband. “He came religiously every day to help walk with her and care for her,” according to Miriam Levi, Assistant Administrator. “So it ripped him apart when we closed our doors in March because of COVID-19.” But, thanks to a person-directed care model, adopted six years ago by The New Jewish Home, Mr. L. was able to maintain frequent contact with his wife during the pandemic even though he couldn’t visit like he used to.  “The staff worked out a way he could come to a fence in the garden and see her, and he could call every day and be comforted by the fact that he was talking to someone who really knows his wife — her habits, likes and dislikes. That’s a big plus for residents and families.”

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