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.

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.

What it is: This free Family Caregiver Training program offers five sessions (2 hours each) for family caregivers  to learn useful hands on training to assist them in their care of an aging loved one. The five sessions cover different topics of providing care. The class is totally FREE; all that is required is online registration prior to the class.

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.

Session Descriptions

SESSION ONE:_______________________
Basic Human Needs
Knowledge Shared:
• Breathing Problems
• Oxygen Therapy
• Hydration
• Nutrition
• Sleep
• Elimination
Skills Learned:
• Bedside Commode – transferring
• Peri-Care
• Use of a bedpan and urinals
• Taking Vital Signs


SESSION TWO:_______________________
Safety Essentials
Knowledge Shared:
Body Mechanics
• Use of adaptive equipment
• Preventing Pressure Ulcers (bed sores)
Skills Learned:
• Assisting to Ambulate
• Pivot transfer Bed/Wheelchair
• Assistance with dressing
• Assistance with bathing
• Assistance with grooming
• Assistance with eating
• Moving a person up in bed
• Range of motion exercises
• Pressure sore prevention

SESSION THREE:______________________
Comfort Measures
Knowledge Shared:
Comfort needs of loved ones
Self-Care and Self Survival Skills
Skills Learned:
Bed bath and shampooing hair in bed
• Showering Assistance
• Perineal Care
• Changing an adult brief
Changing Sheets in an Occupied Bed


SESSION FOUR:______________________
Infection, Emergencies, and Life Changing Events
Knowledge Shared:
Infection control
• Common Emergencies:
    ° Fractures
° Stroke
° Heart Attack
° Pneumonia
• Diabetes
• Grief – the 5 stages
• Living Wills and Power of Attorney
• DNR orders
• Vial of Life
Skills Learned:

SESSION FIVE:_______________________
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Knowledge Shared:
What is dementia?
What is Alzheimer’s?
• Adapting the home
• Seeking support and help
• Reading a medication bottle
• Managing difficult behaviors
Skills Learned:
Tips for caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s
Activities of Daily Living for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s