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

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

Shared Caregiving Stories

Guest blog by one of Idaho’s caregivers, Jeannette D. Mayer. Stand Closer, It’s Shoter than You Think This age-old joke never gets old. How many of them can you think of? How many of you have some hanging in your bathroom? They all are great to get a giggle. Now to get to the touchy … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

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

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