Beginning this semester, instructors teaching Meal Planning in Healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will have specialized training from Caregivers Kitchen, a company that provides meal preparation technique training to home health aides. This is the first time the College has offered Meal Planning in Healthcare, which comes out of a community demand.
“We realized there was a need for extra certification for our home health aide students,” says Charlene Mantock, Healthcare Specialist assistant program chair. “This additional class will offer certificates to our students in meal preparation.”
Ivy Tech has partnered with Caregiver Kitchen for specialized course curriculum and instructor training.
By having Caregivers Kitchen Certified Instructor Status, instructors are qualified to both train students in related program areas and proctor exams. Students in classes taught by certified instructors can earn up to six certificates recognized by employers for caregiver training and continuing education. Certificate topics include food safety, nutrition, and mealtime management of chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
“Often, caregivers lack even basic cooking skills,” says Beth Scholer, Caregivers Kitchen CEO. “Caregivers Kitchen was started to meet a need in our community, and students taught by our certified instructors are more prepared and better qualified for jobs in areas like home care.”
Scholer is an Ivy Tech graduate who received her associate degree in Hospitality Administration. She also won the College’s New Venture Competition in 2014 with Caregivers Kitchen, which is based in Muncie. Visit www.CaregiversKitchen.net to learn more about her company, and visit IvyTech.edu/healthcare-specialist to learn more about Ivy Tech’s program.