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Skills Lab


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Guiding Lights' onsite clinical competency training lab houses a hospital bed, wheelchair, walker, blood pressure measurement equipment, thermometers, dressings, and other equipment commonly used in the caregiving setting.

Family Caregivers

Family caregivers may use the Guiding Lights' skills lab to familiarize themselves with equipment, ultimately helping them provide better care for their loved one's specific needs. Guiding Lights' professionals are available to guide family caregivers through use of skills lab equipment. The skills lab is free of charge to family caregivers and can be reserved by making an appointment with Guiding Lights either by phone (919-371-2062) or by email at

Examples of Skills Enhancement include:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Medication safety
  • Taking good care of your back
  • Tips for safe transfers:
    • Bed to wheelchaiir
    • Safe car transfers
    • Gait belt use
  • Fall prevention
  • Personal care
  • Bathing- partial or complete bed bath including perineal care
  • Making an occupied bed
  • Promoting continence and managing incontinence
    • Toileting help
    • Incontinence products and how to apply
  • Urinary catheter care
  • Vital signs
    • Temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and blood pressure
  • And many more basic skills

Professional Caregivers

Professional caregivers seeking to prepare for the state competency exam or recertification or those who simply want to improve their skills can use the Guiding Lights' skills lab for a fee. This fee includes supervision by an RN. The skills lab can be reserved by professional caregivers by  making an appointment with Guiding Lights either by phone (919-371-2062) or by email at



The training that we got was exactly what we were looking for. We are new caregivers for my mother who is 96 years old and had lived at her home independently until recently. Caregiving has been a bigger task that I had expected and appreciate help and advice like that given by Sandy. Sandy showed us how to use a short sheet on the bed to assist in moving my mother in the bed. She also gave us advice like using a pillow behind the knees while sleeping to relieve back pain. She explained several simple things that meant a lot like placing our foot in front of my mother's foot when she is standing to prevent her from sliding. We were also given helpful websites. I feel that my mother is safer now as well as my wife and I are safer as caregivers.

Regards, Gilbert

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