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.

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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 One – Basic Human Needs

Knowledge Shared:

  • Breathing Problems
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Elimination

Skills Learned:

  • Bedside Commode – transferring from Bed to Commode and back again
  • Peri-Care after elimination in bedside commode
  • 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
  • Positioning
  • Pivot transfer from Bed to 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
  • Vaccines
  • 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:

  • Handwashing

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