CNM Receives $63,000 Grant to Train Family Caregivers

August 9, 2016 -- The City of Albuquerque has awarded CNM a one-year $63,000 grant to train family caregivers of Bernalillo County residents age 60 years or older They will participate in a free training program where they will learn certain medical/nursing and personal care skills in face-to-face and online interactions taught by faculty members from CNM’s School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS).
August 09, 2016

“In the state of New Mexico, there are approximately 419,000 family caregivers,” said Angela Poppe, RN and HWPS program coordinator. “A recent AARP New Mexico survey revealed that New Mexico caregivers think training is important and would like to have a qualified person show them how to do it.”

Many of these caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks without any preparation. The number of people needing care by family caregivers is expected to grow significantly in coming years. By 2030, New Mexico will rank fourth in the nation in percentage of people age 65 and older. The state’s 80 and older population is projected to grow 80.5 percent between 2015 and 2030. Currently, there are about 95,928 persons 65 years and older in Bernalillo County, the majority of whom live in Albuquerque, Poppe noted.

The trainings, scheduled to start this fall, will incorporate medical/nursing tasks of caregiving, communication skills with family members, understanding of medical professions, self-care and end-of-life issues.

“Our goal is train up to 72 family caregivers over the next 12 months,” said HWPS Dean Tamra Mason

In addition, CNM will incorporate emotional support for family caregivers in the training.

CNM family caregiver faculty members will visit the homes of care recipients when family caregivers enrolled in the training are administering care. The faculty, who will be nurses or other healthcare professionals, will see the caregiving student apply what they have learned and provide feedback to improve care as needed

Classes will be offered at Main and Westside campuses.

For additional information, contact the Program Coordinator, Angela Poppe, at (505) 224-4000, Ext. 53144.