Training Programs for Family Caregivers Begin in February

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, a Division of Community Services, offers two training programs beginning in February for family caregivers of older adults, one focused on the hands-on skills of caregiving and the other on caregiver self-care.   

National Caregiver Training Program is a 21-hour course (meets once a week for 3 hours) that helps family caregivers acquire the skills needed to provide safe, confident home care for older loved ones.  Classes, taught by a registered nurse, provide detailed instruction, demonstration, and hands-on practice. Topics include caring for someone on bedrest, providing personal care, using a wheelchair safely, managing medications, taking vital signs, controlling infection, preventing falls, reducing caregiver stress, using local resources, and more.  Each caregiver receives Quick Tips for Caregivers, a home reference guide.  
Wednesdays, Feb. 5 – March 26 (no class on Feb. 19), 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., in Longmont
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 15-hour course (meets once a week for 2½ hours) that gives family caregivers the tools to deal with the emotional challenges of caregiving. Classes, taught by trained leaders, help caregivers learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate their feelings, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.  Each caregiver receives The Caregiver Helpbook: Powerful Tools for Caregivers. 
Tuesdays, Feb. 11 – March 18, 1:30 – 4 p.m., in Boulder
The courses are open to Boulder County residents providing local or long-distance care for a relative, partner or friend who is 60 or over, or of any age if the person has dementia. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Financial assistance for respite care (substitute elder care) during class periods is available.  
Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, please call 303-678-6116 or email

Gabi Boerkircher
Public Information Specialist

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