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?

Choosing a Care Facility – 5 Helpful Tips

There may come a time in your caregiving journey where your loved one may need a facility that provides rehabilitative, restorative, or ongoing skilled nursing care.  Consider these helpful tips from AARP. 1.     Narrow your search, visit in person 2.     Remember infections are not always reported adequately 3.     Discount the ‘Chandelier effect’ 4.     Learn complex … Continue reading Choosing a Care Facility – 5 Helpful Tips

12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

June is world elder abuse awareness month.  The University of Southern California provides many resources on how to take action.  The need to provide respite to caregivers is highlighted in 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse.    Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect  Talk to friends and family members about how we … Continue reading 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

Caring for Rural American Indian Elders

There is an expected increase of American Indian elders in the near future. With the rise of this population, there is also a rise for a long-term care system that allows elders to remain in their own home and community settings. The National Resource Center on Native American Aging shares a Caregiver Curriculum that focuses … Continue reading Caring for Rural American Indian Elders

Managing Grief Through a Pandemic

By Doreen Marshal, Ph.D. During a pandemic, we may not have the opportunity to grieve those that we have lost the way that we may have wanted to. The circumstances that we are in make grief messier than it already is. If you are experiencing grief during this time of uncertainty, here are some things … Continue reading Managing Grief Through a Pandemic

New Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released its “VA Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers.” This guide provides caregivers with resources to help them care for both Veterans and themselves. It’s imperative to seek support in times of need and be able to access these resources easily. Caregivers should also visit the VA’s Caregiver Support … Continue reading New Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers

Which Face Mask is Most Appropriate for You and Your Loved One?

As Idaho reopens its economy, it is important that we continue to keep our families and communities safe through the use of face masks. The Idaho State Independent Living Council developed a face mask guide to help individuals identify which face mask is most appropriate for them. Click HERE to view the guide.

Are you Caring for Someone with Dementia?

Did you know the Alzheimer’s Association has a free 24/7 Helpline available at 800.272.3900, online, or through chat?  The helpline is staffed by master-level clinicians and offers translation services in more than 170 languages.  The helpline can provide assistance with the following topics: Memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease Medication and treatment options that may … Continue reading Are you Caring for Someone with Dementia?