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 of Children with Special Needs

    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

    Classes will be held Thursdays, February 1-March 8, 2018 (6 weeks) from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Wellness Services Conference room at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. For more information or to enroll, contact

    View the ISU Extension & Outreach video, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, which provides more information on this national program. Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs will include a presentation on local resources and those available through the Center for Disabilities and Development. 

    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 will be held Wednesdays, April 4-May 2, 2018 (5 weeks) from 3:30-5:00 pm in Atrium A & B of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. For more information or to enroll, contact

    Course Outline

    Lesson 1 

    • Understanding Your Starting Point
      Completing personal worksheets

    Lesson 2

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

    Lesson 3 

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

    Lesson 4 

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

    Lesson 5 

    • Effective Communication
      Taking Time and Planning Ahead