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
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
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
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
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?
According to the CDC, nutritious food is necessary for a strong immune system. During COVID-19, a well balanced diet might be more difficult to maintain. During times of high stress, nutritious food options are the last priority. Many individuals skip meals or forget to eat during the day. This pattern of behavior can lead to … Continue reading Do You Qualify for SNAP?
While caring for a loved one, you could encounter more individual costs than you might expect. There are resources for dealing with surprising and seemingly ongoing expenses. The AARP provides a compiled list of costs you might not see coming and how to prepare accordingly. For other information, sign up for the FREE online Hope … Continue reading Are You Seeking Financial Assistance?
Being a caregiver can sometimes be isolating. It is important to know that although each caregiver is in a unique situation, there are others that have gone through similar experiences. Aging Care provides a list of books related to caregiving ups and downs. These books are a great way to connect to stories of other … Continue reading Book Ideas for Caregivers
Today is Grandparents Day, an amazing chance to celebrate those so close to our hearts. The role of grandparent is different within every family; for those of you involved in kinship care, your efforts are especially applauded and appreciated. If you are a kinship caregiver, 211 Idaho provides local resources and support for your journey.