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.

      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 Wednesday, October 3-October 31, 2018 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the first floor conference room of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Area. Register by visiting the Iowa State University  Extension and Outreach website. Contact familyservices@uiowa.edu with questions!

      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

      Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illness

      Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide tools you- the family caregiver- the skills you need to take care of YOURSELF. Six, ninety-minute classes held once a week are led by certified class leaders from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  

      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

      When you take care of yourself, everyone benefits.

      New sessions coming soon! Contact familyservices@uiowa.edu with questions! 

      Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

      Feeling stretched caring for a child or young adult with special health and behavioral needs? 

      Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide tools you- the family caregiver- the skills you need to take care of YOURSELF. Six, two-hour classes held once a week are led by certified class leaders from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  

      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

      When you take care of yourself, everyone benefits.

      New sessions coming soon!  Contact familyservices@uiowa.edu with questions.