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!

How to Make the Hard Tasks Easier

When you first start caring for a loved one, you might have some expectations about what it will be like. Most people assume that it will be a smooth journey while working together effectively. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Centers Choice Homecare provides a guide on how to have open communication with those … Continue reading How to Make the Hard Tasks Easier

Family Caregiver Navigator

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Family Caregiver Navigator pilot project. Serving families in SW Idaho by telephone, Navigators offer FREE support and resource referral to unpaid or family caregivers. Receive an action plan to address your personal wellbeing and prevent caregiver burnout. This research-based model is shown to reduce caregiver stress. … Continue reading Family Caregiver Navigator