Iowa State University Extension and Outreach next month will host the first of five classes aimed at connecting family caregivers to materials that will help them protect their assets and prepare for retirement while providing care. 

“Care does not have to mean that the person lives in your home,” said Mary Weinand, ISU Extension Family Finance Field Specialist. “It may mean that you provide transportation or other services to a person who still lives in their own home.”

For most working Americans, this still requires flexible work schedules or using personal leave days, sometimes without pay.

The Finances of Caregiving program will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays in meeting room B at the Burlington Public Library from Aug. 16 through Sept. 20. There will be no class Aug. 30.

When making the decisions about long-term care, it is important to review and discuss financial documents.

“Reviewing financial documents together provides families an opportunity to ask and understand the wishes of the care receiver and an opportunity to resolve any conflicting views,” said Weinand “By beginning the discussion early, you will have a better understanding of the funds available to pay for long-term care and their sources.”

For more information or to register, contact Weinand at mweinand@iastate.edu.