The Iowa I & R Center is located in Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Our medical director is Dr. Lynn K. Struck and coordinator is Crissanka Christadoss.
The I & R Center provides educational materials, establishes and maintains support groups and offers free support for the state. A quarterly newsletter is mailed to over 1600 individuals, and other events are planned such as seminars, workshops and an annual conference.
It is said by some authors that “caregiving is as natural a process as learning to walk.” In some way we are all caregivers and care receivers, moving in and out of these roles throughout our life. Something occurs that thrusts us into a caregiver role, a diagnosis, surgery, an automobile accident or age. It is written that a caregiver is an individual who provides care for another person who, ordinarily, would not require care. A caregiver must recognize and understand the needs of the care receiver, then determine the best way to meet that need.