(Red Oak) - Over 50 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis and the Montgomery County Iowa Extension is offering a program to teach caregivers how to take care of themselves properly. Sandra McKinnon, Family Life Program Specialist for the Montgomery County Extension Office, tells us what the program is all about...
“Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program that is an educational series designed to provide tools that family caregivers need to take care of themselves. If these caregivers are able to take good care of themselves, they will be better prepared to take care of a loved one. For example, when my mom was taking care of my father, she was under a lot of stress, it was hard to make decisions, and she didn’t know where to get resources to help her and that is what Powerful Tools for Caregivers is all about. It’s about linking people to resources that might help and the program can also increase the ability to make tough decisions. The program helps the caregivers to be able to better communicate with their family members, balance life more easily, and reduce a lot of stress.”
If you are thinking about taking the Powerful Tools for Caregivers sessions...
“Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class for six weeks that begins on July 8th. The classes will be held at the Montgomery County Extension Office, in Red Oak, and they will be teaching the classes in the evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There is a $30 fee for the program, but you get a Caregiver Helpbook for that; which is necessary. Scholarships are available through the extension office.”
To register for the Powerful Tools for Caregivers sessions, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 712-623-2592. For more information about this program, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/montgomery.
July 1, 2013