Sagora Senior Living strives to expand education not only for residents but community members as well. Many Sagora communities host Continuing Education Units (CEU). CEU is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist the professional in maintaining his or her license in their profession. Nurses, social workers, insurance agents, etc. are required to take a certain amount of CEUs every two years to maintain their license.
Lyndale at San Angelo hosts a free CEU every other month, and they regularly have 20-25 attendants. Lyndale hosts CEUs geared towards nurses and social workers. Attendees also receive a complimentary meal prepared by the community’s Executive Chef.
“Typically, if your license requires you to take 30 to 50 hours of CEU every two years to keep your education and license current – that can get pretty expensive, so when we offer a free course we become a popular destination,” Matthew Sage, Sales and Marketing Director of Lyndale at San Angelo, said, “This is probably one of the most important outreach projects we do here and the local nurses seem to love the free CEUs.”
Communities team up with a home health agency such as Gentiva or Kindred Home Hospice that bring a licensed instructor that is state compliant and can give each participant their one hour of CEU credit certificate at the end of each course. Classes range in topics from Communication Skills to Understanding the Stages of Death and Dying.
DeeAnn Stone, Sagora’s Regional Resident Services Specialist, added, “With Empowerment as one of our core values, Sagora extends educational opportunities to our associates and the community providers that serve our residents. We provide educational support groups to families and citizens facing health care challenges. By empowering through education, so many people receive the benefits.”