There are many resources to help caregivers provide care 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.

Helping You Help Others: 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  the Family Caregivers Training Program; a not-for-profit Community Health Program serving family caregivers in Utah.

Benefit Corporation: Utah CNA Training Centers is a Benefit Corporation, this is a company that does more than make money, it also contributes to the well being of the community. We are 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 by teaching tried-and-true methods used by nurses and nurse aids in physically caring for an older adult.

What it is: This program offers five free sessions (2 hours each) for family caregivers to work with a nurse to learn useful hands on training to assist them in their care of an aging loved one.

Family Caregivers: 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.

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For an 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. 

5280 South Commerce Drive Suite #E100, Murray, Utah 84107

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 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