When caregivers take better care of themselves, they can provide better care to their loved ones. That’s the philosophy behind Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a series of classes provided by ISU Extension and Outreach.
Family caregivers learn how to reduce stress, improve their caregiving confidence and establish balance in their lives. They also learn to communicate their needs, make tough decisions about their loved ones’ care and locate resources that will help them in their everyday caregiving role.
Extension and Outreach schedules classes for caregivers in local communities throughout the year and offers training and certification sessions for class leaders twice a year. An April training session is in Urbandale.