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State working to create more elder care providers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With a growing state need for in-home care providers, the West Virginia Department of Education is working to meet that demand.The department has teamed up with the state's Bureau of Senior Services and private and for-profit health agencies to develop a competency-based test for direct care workers. They can work in a home or community settings.Forty students from schools in Cabell, Logan, Wayne and Wyoming counties are the first students in the state to become certified as direct-care workers. State Schools Superintendent Jim Phares said West Virginia would need more than 20,000 paid in-home care providers for elders by 2018. He said 5,000 direct-care positions already are unfilled because of a lack of qualified applicants.
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