American Red Cross running caregiver educational program – begins Oct 5

Article from the Register Citizen –

SALISBURY — Noble Horizons and the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging are co-sponsoring the nationally renowned American Red Cross Caregiving Program, a free multi-session educational and skill development program to assist caregivers. The American Red Cross Family Caregiving Program teaches skills, helps reduce stress and provides the tools needed to care for individuals who are elderly, chronically ill or disabled. The free program, which will include a complimentary light supper, will run four consecutive Wednesdays on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 5:00-7:30 pm.

Participants are encouraged to take the entire training for a comprehensive learning experience, but may attend one or more sessions in any combination. The Caregiving series consists of eight topics:

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Home Safety: Learn how to provide a safe environment. Includes information on fire safety, infection control, medication safety and emergency preparedness. General Caregiving Skills: This session covers how to read and record vital signs, respond to sudden illness, give medication, communicate with healthcare providers, and organize tasks. Also includes time-saving ideas.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Positioning and Helping Your Loved One Move: You will learn the importance of good body mechanics when positioning or helping a person move, how to recognize and prevent pressure sores, and safe ways to assist in transferring and walking. Assisting with Personal Care: This session will help caregivers know when and how to assist with grooming, mouth care, dressing, bathing, shampooing and toileting.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Healthy Eating: Good nutrition is important for people at all ages. Caregivers will come to understand nutrition basics, special dietary needs, keeping foods safe, and how to help a loved one eat safely. Caring for the Caregiver: Recognize the signs of caregiver stress, a common issue overlooked by caregivers. In this session, caregivers will learn ways to take time for their own needs, access help through support groups, how to receive respite care and much more.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dementia: Helps caregivers know what to expect and how to deal with common, difficult behaviors. Also addresses how to comfort and communicate with a loved one suffering from dementia.Legal and Financial: Helps caregivers understand what is needed in the form of advance directives, including wills. Also includes information about funerals.

Each participant receives take-home training materials. To register (required), or for more information, please visit, or call 435-9851, ext. 190. Space is limited. Noble Horizons is located at 17 Cobble Road in Salisbury, CT.

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