Powerful Tools For Caregivers Course To Be Offered

Sheldon, Iowa — If you are a caregiver of a child or children with special health and behavioral needs, there is a workshop coming up in Sheldon that you may like to attend.

Mackenzie DeJong
Mackenzie DeJong

It’s called “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” and it’s a six-week course designed specifically for family caregivers. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie DeJong tells us that it’s for parents, grandparents, other caregivers and school personnel.

She gives us some details.

She says the course will be at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. Classes consist of six, 2-hour sessions held once a week – every Monday evening. A light meal will be provided at 5:30 p.m., followed by class from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help participants take the tools they learn and put them into action in their family and/or professional life.

This Powerful Tools for Caregivers program is free for all participants. The program is being hosted as a collaborative effort between ISU Extension and Outreach and the Sioux Rivers and Northwest Iowa Care Connections Regions.

Pre-registration is required by September 7, 2016. To register, visit or contact the O’Brien County Extension and Outreach office at 712-957-5045 or

She says while this class is for caregivers of children with special health and behavioral needs, they do offer a similar class for those who take care of adults too. She says if you are interested in learning about care giving for older adults, she is going to host a conversation about aging at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley over the noon hour on Wednesday, September 7th. Otherwise, she says to keep watching for the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” class for those who take care of adults, coming up within the next year. Again, you can call your local extension office for more information.

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