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

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

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

A List of Helpful Podcasts for Caregivers

Podcasts can be a great way to unwind, make housework more enjoyable, or make a daily commute less stressful. The San Diego Tribune has compiled a list of caregiving specific podcasts that share stories from different perspectives. Some are specific to medical conditions of the care recipient, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Others … Continue reading A List of Helpful Podcasts for Caregivers

Need COVID-19 Information in Spanish?

If you have questions about the coronavirus vaccine requirements, registration, or any other inquiries, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Office of Emergency might be able to help. They provide a phone hotline that addresses COVID-19 related concerns. There are translators available that can speak many different languages and explain information clearly. … Continue reading Need COVID-19 Information in Spanish?

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

Caregiving and Winter Conditions

In recent weeks, cold weather has swept through Idaho, and as our winter continues, so does the cold temperatures and precipitation. For caregivers of any age, this can make the task of caring for your loved one a bit more difficult. Trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, doctor’s visits, etc., may take longer, as … Continue reading Caregiving and Winter Conditions

The Season of Giving Back to Yourself

Being a caregiver is stressful enough without the added pressure of the holiday season. Especially during these uncertain times. You most likely have a lot of expectations from your care recipient, your family, or a combination of both. Although you want to make this time special for everyone else, remember to prioritize yourself. AARP offers … Continue reading The Season of Giving Back to Yourself

Caregiving during COVID-19

Our country and the world are doing all they can to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This can be an extremely stressful time for everyone, especially those caring for a loved with a compromised immune system.  Simple tasks like grocery shopping, picking up medication at the pharmacy, or even seeking routine medical care can seem … Continue reading Caregiving during COVID-19

Take Care of Yourself First

As the holiday season draws near, so does increased stress due to the list of extra chores, responsibilities, commitments, and obligations.  Though the work of being a caregiver doesn’t take a break, it is important to remember to ensure you are taking some time for yourself, and enjoying those special moments with family and friends, … Continue reading Take Care of Yourself First