Finances of Caregiving Series-A Family Affair

A unique group of ‘Family Caregivers’ living in our community are providing unpaid caregiving for adults who because of physical impairments or failing memory can no longer complete their day-to-day activities. Regardless of how to make first caregiving actions or take complex money decisions, a March 2018 “Finances of Caregiving” five-week workshop series brings national resources, community partners and tools assisting family caregivers to Iowans to protect their finances. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program registration closes, Monday, March 19th.
 
Iowa caregivers documented in 2015 they provided 24 to 40 hours helping with household chores, shopping to transportation. Their roles included managing finances, medications and overseeing nursing and medical tasks spending some $5,531 annually out of their own pockets.
 
The “Finances of Caregiving” research evidence based program provides materials to assist caregivers in protecting their assets and prepare for their retirement while providing care. This five-week program, beginning March 22, 2018 – April 19, 2018 (5 consecutive Thursdays); will meet at the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach Office from 11:30am-1:00pm.  The workshop fee of $35 provides attendees workshop resources.  Participants feel free to bring your own sack lunch or snack.
 
“Understanding caregiving choices means knowing your current situation,” says Carol Ehlers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Science Specialist, Family Finance. “This workshop series provides caregivers and care receivers guides and tools to explore information and resources for a tailored response to adult’s day-to-day affairs. 
 
This program is offered through a collaboration including; Pocahontas Community Hospital, Pocahontas County Public Health, Pocahontas County Home Care Aide Agency, and ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County.
For more information, brochure, or to register, contact Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach Program Coordinator, Holly Frerk, at 712-335-3103 or email hfrerk@iastate.edu.  

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