cna16_webcard_famcare_v02Utah CNA Training Centers is proud to use our resources, classrooms and faculty to offer this free program to help caregivers care for their loved one more safely and effectively.As a Benefit Corporation we feel an abiding commitment to participate in our business endeavors with an eye toward community service and not just our bottom line.

In partnership with the the Utah Department of Health Alzheimer’s and Other Related Dementia’s Program and the Division of Aging and Adult Services for the State of Utah, Utah CNA Training Centers offers  this not-for-profit Community Health Program serving family caregivers in Utah.

This program will provide family caregivers with useful hands on training to assist them in their care of an aging loved one.

The value of the services family caregivers provides for “free,” when caring for older adults, is estimated to be $375 billion a year. That is almost twice as much as is actually spent on home care and nursing home services combined ($158 billion).

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.*

*Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving; National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. March 2009. Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009.

There are many resources to help caregivers deal with caring for another adult including respite care, support groups, counseling etc. But there aren’t many hands-on resources — the nuts and bolts of physically caring for another adult. Until now. Most sessions include hands-on training. Taught by a nurse with a background in education, each session offers tried-and-true methods that nurses and other health care providers use in hospitals, nursing homes and rehab facilities.

For a detailed overview of the program, click here. READ MORE ABOUT EACH SESSION BELOW, THEN CLICK THE LOCATION BOX AT THE END OF THE PAGE TO REGISTER. Classes are held at our Murray campus, which is ADA accessible.

There are five sessions covering different topics of providing care. The class is totally FREE; all that is required is online registration prior to the class.

Session Descriptions:

Session 1____________________________
Personal Hygiene (Hands-on Training)
Bed Bath & In-Bed Hair Washing
Perineal/Genital Care
Changing an Adult Brief
Skin Check/Observation
Shower Assistance

Session 2                                        
Moving & Positioning (Hands-on Training)
Basic Positions and Best Use
Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Warning Signs
Body Mechanics and Self Safety
Transferring Safely
Adaptive Equipment and Proper Use

Session 3                                        
Vulnerable Elder Care (Classroom Lecture)
Death & Dying – Living Wills, Medical Power of Attorney, POLST Orders
Common Emergencies – What to Look for (stroke, heart attack, sepsis, falls, etc.)
Medications & How to Read Prescription Labels
Vial of Life

Session 4                                         
Promoting Cleanliness (Hands-on Training)
Bedmaking – Unoccupied/Occupied, Draw Sheets, Bedpads
Handwashing/Preventing the Spread of Infection
Vital Signs – Blood Pressure, Pulse, Respirations
Oxygen Use & Safety

Session 5____________________________          
Dementia and Related Disorders  (Classroom Lecture)
Assisting with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) for people with Alzheimers & Related Dementias
Difficult Behavior and How to Deal with them