Are You a Caregiver in a Military Family?


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?

Caring For the Caregiver: 5 Self Care Tips


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

Caregiving and Winter Conditions


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

The Season of Giving Back to Yourself


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

Caregiving during COVID-19


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

Take Care of Yourself First


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

Today… You Showed Up


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

Caregivers: Members of the Healthcare Team


As healthcare professionals our number one priority is to our patients. But how do we begin incorporating family caregivers into the health care team, and how do we effectively communicate to all individuals involved? There are a few things we as healthcare professionals need to keep in mind in these circumstances.  Ask about their role … Continue reading Caregivers: Members of the Healthcare Team

Caregiver Spotlight


Our first Caregiver Spotlight, features Barbara (Bobbi) Rogers, who is a caregiver to her 91 year old mother Alice. Bobbi was a high school paraprofessional and special education teacher’s aide for 21 years before taking early retirement three years ago to care for her mom with Alzheimer’s. The biggest challenges of the transition have been … Continue reading Caregiver Spotlight