Tips to Manage Compassion Fatigue

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

Have You Made a Voting Plan?

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?

Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot?

Flu season is coming up and will likely overlap with the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot every year and provides answers to commonly asked questions about the virus. To prepare, an article from Care.com created a list of tasks to be completed before flu season, such as annual checkups, voting, and … Continue reading Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot?

Tips for Navigating Challenging Family Members

Caregivers often face negative feedback from family members that may not fully understand the situation. Especially as we approach the holiday season, navigating family relationships while caregiving can be difficult. An article from Daily Caring provides advice for having those conversations with loved ones and setting boundaries for the holiday season.

Are You Seeking Financial Assistance?

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?

Preventing COVID-19 Loneliness

Johns Hopkins Medicine has created a guide to ensure caregivers can give the best care possible during COVID-19. During times like this, social distancing can feel like complete social isolation. Johns Hopkins suggests engaging in scrapbooks, using technology to communicate with others, and other activities that can help fight loneliness.The article is a reminder that … Continue reading Preventing COVID-19 Loneliness

Family Caregiver Navigator

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Family Caregiver Navigator pilot project. Serving families in SW Idaho by telephone, Navigators offer FREE support and resource referral to unpaid or family caregivers. Receive an action plan to address your personal wellbeing and prevent caregiver burnout. This research-based model is shown to reduce caregiver stress. … Continue reading Family Caregiver Navigator

Caring for a Vet this Independence Day?

Are you caring for a Veteran this Independence Day? If so, then you may find this article from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs helpful.  Read Tips for Veterans Celebrating Independence Day for advice on recognizing triggers of trauma your loved one may experience, as well as self-help tips and relaxation exercises. 

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