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
When current Boise State Public Health major Hailey Merrick found herself single and pregnant at 19 in 2010, many people told her she “couldn’t do it on her own”. This alone would have made many doubt themselves, but not Hailey. “This pushed me harder to be the best mother I could be” she said. 10 … Continue reading Caregiver Spotlight
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
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
Today, November 3, is Election Day! If you are registered to vote, there are many different options available to fit your needs. Voting in Person: Voting in Ada County is available at, but not limited to, Boise Basque Center, Meridian and Boise City Halls, Eagle Hope Lutheran Church, and Ada County Election Office. The polls … Continue reading Today is the Last Day to Vote!
What is compassion fatigue? Compassion fatigue is empathizing with people that are dealing with trauma. Because you have so much compassion, it can cause feelings of burnout and emotional exhaustion. Compassion fatigue and burnout are not the same, but some of the symptoms overlap. Researchers like to think of this condition as second hand trauma. … Continue reading Tips to Manage Compassion Fatigue
Election Day is only 11 days away! If you are registered to vote, there are many different options available to fit your needs. Early voting in Ada County is available at Boise Basque Center, Meridian and Boise City Halls, Eagle Hope Lutheran Church, and Ada County Election Office. On weekdays, the polls are open from … Continue reading Have You Made a Voting Plan?
When you first start caring for a loved one, you might have some expectations about what it will be like. Most people assume that it will be a smooth journey while working together effectively. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Centers Choice Homecare provides a guide on how to have open communication with those … Continue reading How to Make the Hard Tasks Easier
Wondering what halloween will look like this year? The Center of Disease Control has created a list of fun and safe activities to celebrate. If you are caring for a child, they may be disappointed that regular trick or treating is not an option this year. Even if you are caring for an adult, it … Continue reading Getting Ready for Halloween?