Our sessions are mostly hands-on and are full of important care-giving information. Each session offers tried-and-true methods that nurses and nurse assistants use in hospitals, nursing homes, and rehab facilities.

Each session offers new information, take one or all five. All sessions taught by certified Program Instructors with a health care background.  Session locations, dates and times can be found by clicking on Class Dates and Locations. All participants must register online. Call 801.990.9333 for more information.

Training includes:
• Vital Signs                                           • Shower assistance
• Infection control                                • Bed bath
• Elder abuse                                        • Bed sore prevention
• Hand-washing                                   • Range of Motion
• Foot & nail care                                 • Transfer/ List techniques
• Peri-care                                             • Death & Dying
• Nutrition                                             • Living Wills
• Understanding medications           • Mobility assistive devices
• Changing an adult brief                   • Assistance with Grooming

Each session of the Family Caregiver class is different and caregivers can attend any or all sessions. For a breakdown of what is taught in each session, visit the Family Caregiver Course page. The training includes the use of special equipment including hospital beds, wheelchairs, shower chairs, gait belts, etc. Sessions also include lectures by an Education Nurse. Caregivers attending the class also receive hand-outs and resources to make caring for a loved one safer and easier.

Young and elderly people - Blue - Family Caregiver

KNOW THE FACTS….

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.

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

SESSION ONE:
Basic Human Needs
Knowledge Shared:                                 
Maslow’s Hierarchy
Oxygen Therapy & Breathing
Hydration
Nutrition
Sleep
Elimination
Skills Taught 
Use of bedside commode – Transferring
Use of bedpan and urinal
Taking Vital Signs

SESSION TWO:
Safety Essentials
Knowledge Shared:
Body Mechanics
Use of adaptive / assistive equipment
Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Skills Taught:
Assisting to Ambulate
Positioning
Pivot transfer Be/Wheelchair
Assistance with dressing
Assistance with bathing
Assistance with grooming
Assistance with eat
Moving a person up in bed
Range of motion exercises

SESSION THREE:
Comfort Measures
Knowledge Share
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
° Diabetes
Grief – the 5 stages
Living Wills and Power of Attorney
DNR orders
Vial of Life
How to Read a Medication Label
Skills Learned:
Handwashing
Denture Care / Oral Care
Trimming Nails
CPR – Basis

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