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

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

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

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

Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

According to an article from Harvard Business Review, “77% of caregivers ages 18 to 34 said the pandemic has made them feel more burned out than ever before, compared to 57% of caregivers aged 65 and older.” Clearly burnout and stress rates are increasing. Family caregivers are faced with so many responsibilities. It is important … Continue reading Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

Talking About Caregiving with the President

A woman, named Susie, had a conversation with President Joe Biden about her role as a caregiver. Living in Texas, Susie started as a caregiver for a family member. She now works for a home care organization. She identifies caregiving as her passion and something she always felt called to do. She tells Biden that … Continue reading Talking About Caregiving with the President

Keeping a Caregiving Journal 101

Many people keep a journal as an outlet, but it can be especially helpful for caregivers. AARP has published an article detailing the positive impact a journal can have. Studies have shown that journaling can help prevent depression and stress. Some people use it to write down daily gratitude affirmations. Although, others use a journal … Continue reading Keeping a Caregiving Journal 101

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?

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

Today… You Showed Up

As a family caregiver, worry of not being able to get it all done, to ensure everything and everyone is tended to, can be a daily thought and struggle. The overwhelming sense of coming up short or falling behind can be consuming. We all have feelings like this, but when you are a caregiver to … Continue reading Today… You Showed Up