PROVO Provo has an unusually high number of home caregivers compared to the rest of the United States, said Red Cross Health and Safety Director Ed Hall.
Since most caregivers "wing it" and go about their duties without any special training, a new publication from the American Red Cross should help.
Hall has had personal experience with caregiving.
He and his wife, Katherine, care for his 84-year-old mother.
The task has been made easier with a new book and DVD, "Family Caregiving, Be Red Cross Ready."
The 126-page, spiral-bound book has tabbed chapters for easy reference, such as Home Safety, Caregiving Skills, Body Mechanics, Personal Care, Healthy Eating, Caring for the Caregiver, Legal and Financial Issues, Dementia and Caregiving Resources.
The DVD gives visual instruction, which Hall said is a boon to knowing how to care for someone else in the home.
"The DVD shows (for example) how to move someone from a bed to a wheelchair. I do much better when I see it," he said. "It demonstrates the skills beyond what's in the book."
Organized as an easy reference with tips and illustrations, each chapter offers real-life examples and explains how to meet specific challenges that come with caring for a family member.
Hall will promote the book at the upcoming Mountainland Association of Governments' health fair at the Eldred Senior Center, 270 W. 500 North, on Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. He plans to also make the book available to caregivers through area home nursing companies.The book and DVD sell for $24.95.