For Caregivers

Caring for an ailing family member can be one of the saddest and most difficult experiences in a family’s history. Yet, it can also be one of a family’s most fulfilling and meaningful experiences. A lot of love, and even laughter, can be shared as the patient and family learn to live fully today while preparing for tomorrow.

It’s a delicate balancing act that Iowa City Hospice can help with. While we know caregivers are often stretched for time, taking time to learn, reflect and connect with other caregivers is essential to the health and success of our community’s caregivers.

Our organization has a number of resources in place to address the challenges caregivers face:
 
Caregiver Support Group

A free caregiver support group, sponsored by Iowa City Hospice and Pathways Adult Day Health Center, is open to everyone and provides emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, in Iowa City. As a service to assist caregivers who want to attend, free respite care is provided to patients by Pathways Adult Day Health Center. Reservations must be made ahead of time by calling 319-339-6162.

For more information on the support group, contact Polly Porter (319-351-5665 or polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org) or Jeff Kellbach (319-339-6162 or jkellbach@abbe.org).

Caregiver Education & Online Resources

Iowa City Hospice has presented a number of educational sessions that focused on a variety of topics affecting caregivers. Please see the link and information below for resources and video recordings of educational sessions.

Visit our video gallery to view previous educational sessions.

Current educational programs can be viewed on Iowa City’s channel 4 at the following times:

  • Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday at 4:30 a.m.
  • Monday at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday at 1 a.m.
  • Wednesday at 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Thursday at 9 a.m.
  • Friday at 12:30 p.m.

These sessions are for anyone who provides care to a seriously ill person – family, neighbors and friends. Caregiving might be as simple as helping with grocery shopping or as involved as providing 24-hour care. Caregiving roles continually evolve as the needs of the patient changes. We provide resources for the challenges at every stage of the caregiving journey.

SeriousIllness.org

There are many responsibilities associated with caring for a seriously ill friend or relative. Iowa City Hospice offers seriousillness.org/iowacity to help caregivers navigate the caregiving journey.

Through this valuable resource, we provide:

  • Educational articles (medical concerns, emotional-spiritual issues and important decisions)
  • Caregiving tips
  • Directory of community programs
  • Links to national resources
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • A family blog tool
  • “Share Your Story”
  • “Ask The Expert”

Iowa City Hospice is proud to provide this educational resource to support our community of caregivers who so tenderly care for frail or ill loved ones.