How To: Prepare for Power of Attorney

In the face of Alzheimer’s or related dementias, there are changes that can occur unexpectedly. When their cognitive function starts to decline, big decisions must be made. This is when power of attorney and other types of conservatorship are often mentioned. However, in the article from US News, the potential challenges behind this process is … Continue reading How To: Prepare for Power of Attorney

Does Your Workplace Have Caregiver Support?

Despite a large percentage of Americans being caregivers, there continues to be a lack of support in the workplace. It is difficult to manage caring for a loved one while also being productive at work. This can create both burnt out employees and caregivers simultaneously. In order to combat this overwhelmed workforce, employers need to … Continue reading Does Your Workplace Have Caregiver Support?

Want a Break from Bleak News/Media?

Sometimes, staying updated on current events can be draining. The Good News Network provides news that may put a smile on your face. You can visit the website for articles that are funny, heartwarming, or inspiring. Although this is not a primary news source, it can be beneficial to take a break from regular news. … Continue reading Want a Break from Bleak News/Media?

A How to Guide: Caregiver Apps

Need a little extra help as a caregiver? There are numerous apps available to assist with caregiving responsibilities. AARP has developed a list of helpful apps you can download to your phone, Apple watch, iPad, or any other device. These apps are free to download and easy to use.    Carezone: Carezone makes balancing many … Continue reading A How to Guide: Caregiver Apps

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

Are You a Caregiver That Works Full Time?

AARP has released updates regarding being a family caregiver in light of COVID-19 pandemic. They have collected data from nursing homes around the country and shared their findings in this Policy Report. The statistics show that nursing homes have faced staffing shortages, have run out of personal protective equipment (PPE), and suffered more challenges than … Continue reading Are You a Caregiver That Works Full Time?

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

Caregivers: Members of the Healthcare Team

As healthcare professionals our number one priority is to our patients. But how do we begin incorporating family caregivers into the health care team, and how do we effectively communicate to all individuals involved? There are a few things we as healthcare professionals need to keep in mind in these circumstances.  Ask about their role … Continue reading Caregivers: Members of the Healthcare Team

Today is the Last Day to Vote!

Today, November 3, is Election Day! If you are registered to vote, there are many different options available to fit your needs.  Voting in Person: Voting in Ada County is available at, but not limited to, Boise Basque Center, Meridian and Boise City Halls, Eagle Hope Lutheran Church, and Ada County Election Office. The polls … Continue reading Today is the Last Day to Vote!