Shared Caregiving Stories


Idaho caregiver, Jeannette D. Mayer, shares her story of letting go in the following blog post titled  Lessons Learned: Sometimes We Just Have to Say ‘Goodbye’   All of us living in a military family have those friends and family members who just don’t seem to understand “a day in the life of a military … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

HIke 2 Heal


Hike 2 Heal releases a quarterly newsletter for cancer survivors and caregivers. In this issue, they talk about the great support they received during Idaho Gives and about their hikes/backpacking trips.  If you’d like to stay connected to John & Junes Mission, Inc. Hike 2 Heal, follow the link here https://www.johnandjunesmission.org/

9 Steps to Respite Care


ARCH (Access to Respite Care and Help) National Respite Network in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation created a 9 Steps to Respite Care guide for Military Caregivers. This guide, although specified for military caregivers, is another great resource for the non-military caregiver.  The 9 Steps to Respite Care for Military Caregivers provides 9 great … Continue reading 9 Steps to Respite Care

Caregiving in Idaho: Respite Summit


This past July the Idaho Caregiver Alliance and the Idaho Commission on Aging visited North Idaho to host the Caregiving in Idaho: Lifespan Respite Summit. While we were in Coeur d’Alene, we were embraced by so many lovely individuals who support Idaho’s family caregivers. One of those wonderful organizations was Hospice of North Idaho.  To … Continue reading Caregiving in Idaho: Respite Summit

Opportunities for States to Support Caregivers


Idaho is one of six states working with the Center for Health Care Strategies, identifying ways states can help recognize and support family caregivers. One piece of their work was pulling this fact sheet together, providing examples of how states are increasing the effectiveness of caregiver supports. To view this fact sheet click on the … Continue reading Opportunities for States to Support Caregivers

Shared Caregiving Stories


Guest blog by Jeannette D Mayer, a caregiver and R4 Board Member Happiness was grabbing that handful of popcorn mixed with chocolate M&M’s® to find the Peanut M&M’s® hiding in there. For many years, these delightful milk chocolates wrapped around tasty peanuts were jokingly called “Happy Pills” in my house. My favorite snack was mixing … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Shared Caregiving Stories


How Expo Markers Saved Our Military Family. Guest blog by Jeannette D. Mayer. Every day I look at my husband and am reminded how lucky I am that he was able to come to me… to us! DeWayne came home to our daughter Addy and me after using five of his nine lives from May … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Shared Caregiving Stories


Why I go to the gym Guest Blog, Jeannette D. Mayer For as long as I can remember, my husband and daughter have given me a hard time about getting up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. Over the years it hasn’t been easy overcoming the negativity that comes from them about my … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Reflection on our Legislative Lunch


On March 19, 2019, the Idaho Caregiver Alliance hosted our first legislative lunch at the Idaho State Capitol. The event was open to all caregivers, their loved ones, and our legislators. The lunch, sponsored by Blue Cross of Idaho and Molina Healthcare, was an opportunity to help connect caregivers with their legislators in a setting … Continue reading Reflection on our Legislative Lunch

Uniquely Yours but Similar Enough


As a caregiver you’ve faced several challenges that are uniquely yours. Although these challenges (both good and bad) are unique there are similarities to somone else’s caregiver situation. Sharing your story and opening your heart are two very generous gifts you can offer a fellow caregiver.  Here is an Inspirational story of opening your heart … Continue reading Uniquely Yours but Similar Enough