Isolation and Loneliness

Loneliness and caregiving often go hand in hand. And especially now during a pandemic, loneliness and isolation is an undeniable issue, now more than ever. According to Dr. John Cacioppo, University of Chicago psychologist, human beings need a combination of the following 3 elements, to combat the feeling of loneliness:  1.  Intimate connectedness: A feeling … Continue reading Isolation and Loneliness

Caring for Someone Sick With COVID at Home

Caring for someone sick with COVID in the home setting can be stressful. So much information about COVID has been distributed, and it can make us feel overwhelmed and discombobulated, especially trying to care for someone who is actually sick and is considered high-risk. Providing the right support in this situation is necessary for both … Continue reading Caring for Someone Sick With COVID at Home

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?

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

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

Should You Continue Respite Care?

Guidance regarding COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, and the decision to receive respite care is not an easy decision for many families.  The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center has released a Family Decision Guide to help families consider risks, benefits, and barriers before making an informed decision on whether or not to receive respite … Continue reading Should You Continue Respite Care?

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.

Be Careful of COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 scams have been trending across the country.  Please share these potential scams from The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office with anyone you feel might be at risk.   Diagnosis Testing Scams: Scammers offer fake COVID-19 testing kits, particularly door-to-door. Treatment/Cure Scams: Scammers offer fake or unproven treatment regimens that are particularly dangerous because they … Continue reading Be Careful of COVID-19 Scams

Better Protections for Nursing Facility Residents

This past week, Justice in Aging and 45 other national and state organizations partnered in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting better protections for nursing facility residents during COVID-19. The request included the following six recommendations: Require immediately that nursing facilities disclose whether residents or staff have been infected … Continue reading Better Protections for Nursing Facility Residents

Questions about disability waiver services?

Do you have questions related to adult developmental disability waiver services and COVID-19? On April 17th, at 1 pm MST, Art Evans will be hosting a special Zoom meeting to answer questions from individuals and family members related to Adult DD Waiver Services and COVID-19.  Art Evans is the Developmental Disability Services Bureau Chief with … Continue reading Questions about disability waiver services?