Caring for a loved one can be challenging work. Not only that, of the thousands of Idahoans who care for another individual with a disability, chronic or mental health condition – 70% are also employed. Not to mention all the other responsibilities that come with a busy life.
We know it isn’t easy being a caregiver, so we’d like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for the love, care and hard work you put into caring for the loved ones in your life. We also want you to know you are not alone! 1 in 4 Idahoans is a caregiver and there is support out there for people like you. Below are some free resources to get you started:
Are you a #CaregiverAnd a teacher, nurse, cook, or fisherman? What hobby, passion or profession do you do in addition to your caregiving? We want to hear about it! Click here to share a photo and an example of a passion you pursue in addition to caregiving. We’ll give you a social media graphic to use for the month of November and you’ll be entered into our raffle to win Caring for Caregiver Kit! What’s that, you say? Scroll down this page to learn more!
The Idaho Commission on Aging has many virtual trainings for caregivers from Alzheimer’s training to the Let’s End Loneliness campaign.
Stuck at home? Check out the dozens of AARP virtual events ranging from workshops on social security benefits to Idaho Movie Night!
Area Agencies on Aging exist in every corner of the state with the mission to support older Americans and those with disabilities to lead safe and healthy lives. Contact them to learn more about the Consumer-directed Respite program that provides caregivers with budgets to hire the respite provider of their choosing.
On Monday November 8th, Governor Brad Little declared November National Family Caregiver Month in Idaho.
Has your stress or depression reached unmanageable levels? The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline can help, just call or text 208-398-4357. You don’t need to be suicidal to call – their volunteers are available 24/7 to provide support and listen.