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

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?

Do You Qualify for SNAP?

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?

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.

The ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers

Do you have questions about respite? There are many different types of respite, including in- and out-of-home models. The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center shares their publication The ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers. This guide explores not only the many types of respite, but also how to select the … Continue reading The ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers