Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Competency Model for Everyone

March 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced its release of the Long-Term Care, Supports and Services Competency Model. The purpose of the model is to promote an understanding of the skill sets and competencies that are essential to educate and train a competitive long term care workforce. AHCA/NCAL was a major partner in working with DOL to identify and group the core competencies required of long term care workers, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and other expert organizations.

The competency model website for long term care includes an interactive building block image to make it easy for providers to understand how certain skill sets “fit” with others.

Retrieved from http://www.careonestop.org/competencymodel on 3/21/11.

Clicking on any of the higher levels will display a robust profile of competencies by occupation. The profiles include everything from work styles and values, to tools and technology used on the job. The detailed section of each occupation profile features a ranking of job tasks by importance and salary information.

As America’s baby boomer population continues to age, their needs continue to diversify. The competency model is useful in highlighting the academic, workplace and technical skills needed to meet this challenge, and highlight transferable skills that can be applied across the spectrum of long term care.

To learn more about the competency model and how you can use it, check out the DOL’s online podcast.

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