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
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
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
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
Are you caring for a Veteran this Independence Day? If so, then you may find this article from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs helpful. Read Tips for Veterans Celebrating Independence Day for advice on recognizing triggers of trauma your loved one may experience, as well as self-help tips and relaxation exercises.
Caregiving from a long-distance presents many challenges. Here are 8 tips from the National Institute on Aging that may be helpful in your long-distance caregiving role. Know what you need to know as a long-distance caregiver. Learn as much as possible about your family member and resources that are available. Plan your visits with an … Continue reading 8 Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released its “VA Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers.” This guide provides caregivers with resources to help them care for both Veterans and themselves. It’s imperative to seek support in times of need and be able to access these resources easily. Caregivers should also visit the VA’s Caregiver Support … Continue reading New Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers
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.
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
Please be cautious of the imposter phone and email scams. With the US census starting, the political season heating up, and well, just methods of scamming are becoming more refined, government imposter phone and email scams have increased. Here is an excellent notice released by the Administration for Community Living on January 30, 2020. ACL has partnered … Continue reading Be informed: imposter phone and email scams