Caring for LGBTQ Individuals

If you are a caregiver or provider who is caring for an LGBTQ individual, then these resources are for you. Providers: Remember that even if a client hasn’t openly identified themselves as LGBTQ, you should still work with the premise that you may have or will eventually have LGBTQ clients.  The ICA has identified many … Continue reading Caring for LGBTQ Individuals

Are You a Grandparent Raising a Child?

According to the U.S. Census, 10,161 of Idaho children live in homes with grandparent householders where grandparents are responsible for them. Of these children, 4,592 have no parents present in the home. The GrandFacts state fact sheet is an excellent resource for grandparents or other relatives who are raising children.  This resource provides not only … Continue reading Are You a Grandparent Raising a Child?

Choosing a Care Facility – 5 Helpful Tips

There may come a time in your caregiving journey where your loved one may need a facility that provides rehabilitative, restorative, or ongoing skilled nursing care.  Consider these helpful tips from AARP. 1.     Narrow your search, visit in person 2.     Remember infections are not always reported adequately 3.     Discount the ‘Chandelier effect’ 4.     Learn complex … Continue reading Choosing a Care Facility – 5 Helpful Tips

12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

June is world elder abuse awareness month.  The University of Southern California provides many resources on how to take action.  The need to provide respite to caregivers is highlighted in 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse.    Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect  Talk to friends and family members about how we … Continue reading 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

Navigating the Child Welfare System?

Grandparents and other relatives or friends who care for children whose own parents are unable to care for them are often referred to as “kinship” caregivers. The Child Welfare Information Gateway System has created a factsheet for kinship caregivers to provide resources that help these caregivers effectively navigate the child welfare system.  Click here to download a free … Continue reading Navigating the Child Welfare System?

10 Tips for Staying Active During COVID-19

As you work to keep your loved one safe and healthy at home, you may find that you and your loved one’s activities are limited.  AARP shares the following tips: Read and share: Help your loved one pick out a new book – Even more, set-up a virtual book club for your loved one to … Continue reading 10 Tips for Staying Active During COVID-19

8 Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

Caregiving from a long-distance presents many challenges. Here are 8 tips from the National Institute on Aging that may be helpful in your long-distance caregiving role. Know what you need to know as a long-distance caregiver. Learn as much as possible about your family member and resources that are available. Plan your visits with an … Continue reading 8 Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

Caring for Rural American Indian Elders

There is an expected increase of American Indian elders in the near future. With the rise of this population, there is also a rise for a long-term care system that allows elders to remain in their own home and community settings. The National Resource Center on Native American Aging shares a Caregiver Curriculum that focuses … Continue reading Caring for Rural American Indian Elders