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Paid caregivers taking courses to receive incentives from the CalGrows program must submit all claims prior to the California Department of Aging’s deadline of August 31, 2024. Scholars will need to complete their Futuro Health courses by August 29, 2024 in order for the certificate of completion to be generated prior to the August 31, 2024 deadline for claims submissions.
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Grow Your Skills, Boost Your Future.

Earn up to $2,500 for completing CalGrows Learn and Earn training courses.

The California Department of Aging has launched a new CalGrows initiative to support in-home and community-based caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. Through this program, paid direct care workers and unpaid family and friend caregivers in California can enhance their skills through training, incentives and outline a career path for the future.

As one of the training providers chosen to support CalGrows, Futuro Health is offering 10 free quality online training courses in both English and Spanish. Courses cover a variety of topics, including end-of-life care, grief, managing stress, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, communication skills and English language learning.

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Get Paid for Courses You Take

While developing skills and growing your career, eligible paid direct care workers can earn up to $2,500 for completing CalGrows Learn and Earn training courses over the next three months.

Here’s how it works:

Select a Course.

Pick any of the below eligible Futuro Health courses or navigate to the CalGrows course catalog.

Complete Your Courses.

Earn $30 per hour for each Learn and Earn class completed in the next three months. Receive a one-time $500 bonus when you complete 15 hours of eligible courses.

Start an Incentive Claim.

Create an account on the CalGrows website where you will submit proof of employment status and required course completion email.

Get Paid.

Once your claim is received and accepted by CalGrows, payment from CalGrows will be sent within 60 business days. You may claim up to 50 hours ($1,500 total).

Are you eligible for CalGrows courses?

To register for the free courses provided by Futuro Health for the CalGrows program, you must meet the below requirements.

You are eligible to take these courses if any of the below apply:

  • You are an unpaid family or friend caregiver
  • You work at least part-time or provide long-term care to a family member or friend in a home
  • You work at least part-time in a community-based setting (not hospitals or nursing homes)
  • If you are an IHSS provider:
    • You must also work as a paid caregiver in a home or community-based setting
    • You can NOT have participated in the IHSS Career Pathways program

You are eligible for incentives if all of the below apply:

  • You must live in California
  • You must be a Paid Direct Care Worker*
  • You must be paid by an employer (including private individuals)
  • You must have been employed as a Direct Care Worker for the past 60 days
  • If you have participated in training through CalGrows previously but did not count those courses towards incentive milestones

Courses by Futuro Health for CalGrows

Course Name

Course Description

Human Touch Healthcare™ Microtraining
Total Course Duration (hours) – 12

Develops in learners the essential interpersonal skills to work in healthcare. These competencies are what employers value. Students engage in adult-friendly interactive coursework to practice competencies that distinguish them for jobs and help them succeed in the workplace.

Now Available in Spanish

Palliative Care
Total Course Duration (hours) – 3

Specialized health care for people living with serious illness that focuses on providing relief of symptoms and maximizing the person’s ability to engage in routine activities and improve their quality of life.

Now Available in Spanish

Care of the Family with Psychotherapeutic Medications
Total Course Duration (hours) – 8

This course will teach the inexperienced caregiver a fundamental grasp of drugs used for dementia, Alzheimer’s, and mental health conditions, along with knowledge of their adverse effects and therapeutic doses.

Now Available in Spanish

The Cognitive Decline with Aging
Total Course Duration (hours) – 6

Cognitive decline refers to the temporary or permanent decline in a person’s thinking, memory, ability to concentrate, and other brain functions. Over the age of 65, approximately 12 percent of adults experience cognitive decline. It may manifest as memory loss, confusion, irritability, poor judgment, or impulsive behavior. Its causes include diseases (such as Alzheimer’s), medications, hormone deficiencies, vitamin deficiencies, substance abuse, injury, and infection.

Now Available in Spanish

Culturally Competent Care: Humility and Responsiveness
Total Course Duration (hours) – 6

This course’s goal is to introduce the concept of cultural humility in healthcare. Going over the definitions of cultural humility will serve as a springboard for talking about strategies and pointers for working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.

Now Available in Spanish

Hospice/End of Life Care
Total Course Duration (hours) – 6

Hospice/End-of-Life Care refers to care that focuses on comfort and quality of life for terminally ill patients and may be provided in a facility or at home. Typically, attempts to cure the illness are no longer pursued, and care focuses on providing comfort and assisting with life’s conclusion. Care and assistance are provided to both the family and the individual.

Now Available in Spanish

Motivational Interviewing
Total Course Duration (hours) – 8

Using interviewing techniques, you will learn how to comprehend and modify mental and physical health behavior in this course. Fundamental behavioral concepts and the foundational components of supported motivational interviewing techniques will be the major topics covered.

Now Available in Spanish

Working with the Elder Population
Total Course Duration (hours) – 6

This module is devoted to learning about the unique requirements that older patients have. We will start by examining societal views around aging and social aspects that alter as people age. Then, we will look at how the body and mind change as a person ages throughout the lifespan and examine all the various body systems.

Now Available in Spanish

Trauma Informed Care
Total Course Duration (hours) – 3

This course will help the learner to understand that Trauma-informed care (TIC) can help patients experience better results and can help improve patient outcomes.

Now Available in Spanish

Multiple Chronic Conditions
Total Course Duration (hours) – 6

An introduction to caring for clients who have many chronic conditions will be given in this course, along with a framework for planning care and supervision, access to resources, and knowledge of care delivery.

Now Available in Spanish

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* Unpaid family caregivers are not eligible for incentives but may take offered courses.  If your employer offers courses under the CalGrows Employer Partnership Program, you are not eligible to participate in the Learn and Earn Program Incentive. To learn more, click here.