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(515) 255-1310
(800) 747-5352

Family Caregiver Program

Caregiving is having a concern and then taking action on behalf of another person’s well-being.

Many family members do not describe themselves as caregivers but

If you provide:

  • grocery shopping
  • homemaking
  • meal preparation
  • rides to appointments
  • assistance with bathing, dressing, walking, feeding

If you help:

  • identify care options
  • assist with legal/financial issues
  • communicate with healthcare providers
  • provide emotional and social support

If you face:

  • discussing difficult decisions with family members
  • dealing with siblings’ different opinions
  • grieving the loss of a parent or spouse’s health
  • the fear of not knowing what to do to help

If you answered yes to any of these responsibilities, you are a caregiver!

You might be providing care for a parent, an ill spouse, disabled sibling or grandchild, occasionally or daily. You might be miles away from your family member or across the street caring for a close friend. If you are doing just a few of these things, you are probably managing. But, if you are handling several of these jobs and juggling other responsibilities, it is a challenge!

Be the best caregiver you can be … we can help.

The Family Caregiver Program can help you:

  • Assess your family member’s situation
  • Discuss options by phone or in-home
  • Answer your questions
  • Inform you of services to assist in caring for your family member
  • Educate you on caregiving, memory loss and programs to help pay for services
  • Provide relief/respite and financial support for equipment to aid caregivers

Please contact Aging Resources at (515) 255-1310 or 1 (800) 747-5352 and ask for a Family Caregiver Specialist.

Downloadable Documents

Family Caregiver Brochure
Family Caregiver Program Guidelines
Family Caregiver Application for Services (Fillable PDF Form)
Family Caregiver Intake Form (Fillable PDF Form)
Family Caregiver Respite Invoice
Older Relative Caregiver or Adults with Disabilities Intake Form (Fillable PDF Form)

Elderly Waiver

Elderly Waiver Application Packet
Medicaid Eligibility for Elderly Waiver (Home-Based) or Nursing Home Expenses

Alzheimer’s Disease

Advanced Dementia: A Guide for Families
Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
Alzheimer’s Disease Fact and Figures 2018
Alzheimer’s From the Frontlines: Challenges a National Alzheimer’s Plan Must Address
Becoming an Exceptional Caregiver
Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors
Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers
Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
Living Well with Dementia in the Community
Stages of Alzheimer’s Fact Sheet
Ten As for Alzheimer’s Care
World Alzheimer Report 2018: The State of the Art of Dementia Research

Senior Housing Options

Assisted Living with Dementia Care Housing List
Independent & Assisted Living Housing list
Nursing Facilities in Central Iowa
Seniors and Fair Housing


American Psychological Association (APA) Caregiver Briefcase
Becoming an Exceptional Caregiver
Caregiver Cues
Caregiver Face The Facts Guide for Holidays
Caregiver Resource Sheet
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease
Family Involvement in Care Training for Dementia Caregivers
Home Care: A Family Caregiver’s Guide
Multiple Sclerosis Caregiver
So Far Away
Taking Care of Yourself
Working Caregivers: Finding a Balance


At the Crossroads: Family Conversations about Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia & Driving
We need to talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers