Podcasts can be a great way to unwind, make housework more enjoyable, or make a daily commute less stressful. The San Diego Tribune has compiled a list of caregiving specific podcasts that share stories from different perspectives. Some are specific to medical conditions of the care recipient, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Others … Continue reading A List of Helpful Podcasts for Caregivers
AARP has released updates regarding being a family caregiver in light of COVID-19 pandemic. They have collected data from nursing homes around the country and shared their findings in this Policy Report. The statistics show that nursing homes have faced staffing shortages, have run out of personal protective equipment (PPE), and suffered more challenges than … Continue reading Are You a Caregiver That Works Full Time?
If you have questions about the coronavirus vaccine requirements, registration, or any other inquiries, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Office of Emergency might be able to help. They provide a phone hotline that addresses COVID-19 related concerns. There are translators available that can speak many different languages and explain information clearly. … Continue reading Need COVID-19 Information in Spanish?
The U.S Department of Veteran Affairs has shared a program by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Family Caregivers. This program is called Operation Family Caregiver. This eight week program was designed years ago, but has been updated to include more recent support tactics. It was made for family caregivers of military veterans, but can help … Continue reading Are You a Caregiver in a Military Family?
A New Year has arrived and with each New Year, brings new resolutions, opportunities, and a chance to reset and set new goals. Here is a quick reminder to ensure you prioritize yourself and include your own self care in your daily task list. Stretch and Breathe- You don’t have to join a gym or … Continue reading Caring For the Caregiver: 5 Self Care Tips
In recent weeks, cold weather has swept through Idaho, and as our winter continues, so does the cold temperatures and precipitation. For caregivers of any age, this can make the task of caring for your loved one a bit more difficult. Trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, doctor’s visits, etc., may take longer, as … Continue reading Caregiving and Winter Conditions
Being a caregiver is stressful enough without the added pressure of the holiday season. Especially during these uncertain times. You most likely have a lot of expectations from your care recipient, your family, or a combination of both. Although you want to make this time special for everyone else, remember to prioritize yourself. AARP offers … Continue reading The Season of Giving Back to Yourself
Our country and the world are doing all they can to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This can be an extremely stressful time for everyone, especially those caring for a loved with a compromised immune system. Simple tasks like grocery shopping, picking up medication at the pharmacy, or even seeking routine medical care can seem … Continue reading Caregiving during COVID-19
As the holiday season draws near, so does increased stress due to the list of extra chores, responsibilities, commitments, and obligations. Though the work of being a caregiver doesn’t take a break, it is important to remember to ensure you are taking some time for yourself, and enjoying those special moments with family and friends, … Continue reading Take Care of Yourself First
As a family caregiver, worry of not being able to get it all done, to ensure everything and everyone is tended to, can be a daily thought and struggle. The overwhelming sense of coming up short or falling behind can be consuming. We all have feelings like this, but when you are a caregiver to … Continue reading Today… You Showed Up