Coming Home Connection

Training for professional caregivers

Weekend training sessions for professional caregivers are conducted quarterly at Santa Fe Community College in conjunction with the School of Nursing.  Saturday’s session focuses on the populations we serve; navigating cultural and family dynamics; record-keeping and medical ethics; and the Coming Home Connection model of donating volunteer time in addition to serving your paying clients.  Hands-on training is provided in the use of a gait belt, transfers, and avoiding falls. Sunday’s training goes deeper into details of in-home care, from infection control through bed baths and catheters.

Following this introductory training, candidate caregivers will undergo a background check, and will be scheduled to shadow a Coming Home Connection Caregiver on a shift with a client.

Kindness Crew

Kindness Crew training sessions take place the second Thursday of each month at the Coming Home Connection office. The 3-hour session covers health and safety, CHC policies and procedures, HIPAA and confidentiality, maintaining boundaries and the importance of self-care.  Following a background check of each Kindness Crew candidate,  the Volunteer Coordinator accompanies him/her on their first assignment, to provide on-the-job training and answer last-minute questions. Once a trainee is accepted into Kindness Crew, s/he is asked to commit to working a 3-hour shift once a week. Further training and support is offered on an ongoing basis.

Casa Companion

The cultural and practical aspects of Casa Companion training is similar to that for Kindness Crew. There is a focus on being with people with dementia, and easing the fears or regrets that are common to people reaching the end of their life. Casa Companions will be working with professional caregivers, so shadowing/on-the-job training is not required, but they are background-checked as are all CHC caregivers. Training for Casa Companions is conducted the second Saturday of each month from 9 to noon at The Montecito Senior Housing. The concierge at the front desk will direct trainees to the meeting room.


Coming Home Connection stays in active contact with our caregivers, and informs them of training opportunities offered by our community partners, from CPR to working with dementia.