Training offered for caregivers

Sue Schmitz from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Jill Scott from Windsor Manor Assisted Living recently completed training to be a class leader for Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Every day over 65 million Americans act as family caregivers. They provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides statewide coordination for this national program disseminated by Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an independent, non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Over the course of six weeks, family caregivers learn about tools needed to take care of themselves as they care for an older adult. If family caregivers learn to take good care of themselves, they will be better prepared to take good care of their loved ones. Caregivers learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate their feelings, balance their lives, increase ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.

Class is scheduled to start June 5 for more information call Schmitz at ISU Extension at 832-9597.