Caregiving Courses and Workshops

Caregiver and care recipient
Caregiver and care recipient

Caregiver courses and workshops are collaborations between UI Family Services and a variety of campus and community partners including the University of Iowa College of Law Clinical Law Program and Human Services Extension and Outreach. Courses and workshops are offered at no cost to UI faculty and staff.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate feelings
  • Balance your life
  • Increase ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a series of six classes which begin August 1 and will be held consecutive Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm in the second floor conference room at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

View the ISU Extension & Outreach video, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, which provides more information on this national program.

Finances of Caregiving

Serving as a caregiver may stir up feelings of guilt as families struggle with what is best for the person in need and how it affects the rest of the family.

Understanding your choices means knowing your current situation. The Finances of Caregiving, a course offered through Iowa State Extension and Outreach, will guide participants through finding and collecting that information. Materials and guidance will be provided to assist caregivers in protecting their assets and prepare for their retirement while providing care.

  • Classes coming this FALL

Course Outline

Lesson 1 (on-campus)

  • Understanding Your Starting Point
    Completing personal worksheets

Lesson 2 (online)

  • Why It’s Essential to Plan
    Wills, Living Wills
    Durable Power of Attorney for healthcare and other financial matters

Lesson 3 (online)

  • Caregivers: Don’t Forget to Plan for YOUR Retirement
    Retirement Plans - Ways to continue tax-deferred savings while caregiving

Lesson 4 (online)

  • Paying for Care
    Long-Term Care Insurance
    Veterans Benefits, Medicare, Medigap, and Medicaid

Lesson 5 (on-campus)

  • Effective Communication
    Taking Time and Planning Ahead