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
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