Tips for New Caregivers

Finding yourself as a caregiver for the first time can be scary. Sometimes it is a gradual change, other times you are thrust into it with no warning. Whatever the situation may be, know that you are not alone. As you go through this journey you will learn what works for you and the loved … Continue reading Tips for New Caregivers

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

Living with, or caring for someone, with Alzheimer’s and related dementias can be challenging and rewarding. These progressive disorders will keep you both on your toes as cognitive abilities decline over time. People diagnosed with dementia will begin to have a difficult time remembering things, especially anything to do with numbers like dates and recipes. … Continue reading Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

Redefining Your Identity

It begins with a diagnosis, an undetermined future. Families come together and fall into their roles as they help their loved ones through the treatment process. At first, everyone is ready to help, but over time some family members step down from their duties to live their own lives. Often, one person is left to … Continue reading Redefining Your Identity

Protecting Seniors from Scammers

Protecting Seniors from Scammers Imagine, you are sitting on the couch and an unknown number calls you. You answer the phone just to find that it is a robot call telling you that your vehicle warranty is about to expire and you need to speak with a customer service representative to prevent it from expiring. … Continue reading Protecting Seniors from Scammers

Daily Self-Care Apps

As a family caregiver, you spend your days taking care of the ones you love., but are you taking care of your own needs too? Research has shown that some family caregivers struggle with asking for help when they begin to feel exhausted. In essence, asking for some kind of help may feel like admitting … Continue reading Daily Self-Care Apps

Tips For Helping Those Who Refuse Help

The holidays are a time of giving, joy, and helping others. However, what do you do when someone does not want to be helped? This is especially common in aging adults with a “I can do it myself” mentality. Unfortunately, this mindset can prevent loved ones from accepting the help they need. This holiday season, … Continue reading Tips For Helping Those Who Refuse Help

How To Stay In Touch With Friends and Family

In light of the pandemic, it can be difficult to stay in close contact with friends and family. As family caregivers, life might never seem to slow down. However, keeping in contact with loved ones is essential for maintaining a support system. With a strong support system, risk of burnout and emotional exhaustion are lowered. … Continue reading How To Stay In Touch With Friends and 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

Caring for LGBTQ Individuals

If you are a caregiver or provider who is caring for an LGBTQ individual, then these resources are for you. Providers: Remember that even if a client hasn’t openly identified themselves as LGBTQ, you should still work with the premise that you may have or will eventually have LGBTQ clients.  The ICA has identified many … Continue reading Caring for LGBTQ Individuals

Are You a Grandparent Raising a Child?

According to the U.S. Census, 10,161 of Idaho children live in homes with grandparent householders where grandparents are responsible for them. Of these children, 4,592 have no parents present in the home. The GrandFacts state fact sheet is an excellent resource for grandparents or other relatives who are raising children.  This resource provides not only … Continue reading Are You a Grandparent Raising a Child?