Should Your Family Continue with Respite Care During COVID-19?

Guidance regarding COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, and the decision to receive respite care is not an easy decision for many families.  The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center has released a Family Decision Guide to help families consider risks, benefits, and barriers before making an informed decision on whether or not to receive respite … Continue reading Should Your Family Continue with Respite Care During COVID-19?

Assistive Technology: Tools and Tech to Use While at Home

As many people with disabilities and seniors are spending more time at home to reduce risk of serious or fatal complications from COVID-19, there is an increased need for assistive technologies (AT) to help with every day tasks.   AbleData has published a series of blogs focused on AT devices that can help with a variety … Continue reading Assistive Technology: Tools and Tech to Use While at Home

Are you Caring for a Veteran this Independence Day?

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. 

Caring for LGBTQ Individuals

If you are a caregiver or provider who is caring for an LGBTQ individual, then these resources are for you. Providers: Remember that even if a client hasn’t openly identified themselves as LGBTQ, you should still work with the premise that you may have or will eventually have LGBTQ clients.  The ICA has identified many … Continue reading Caring for LGBTQ Individuals

Are You a Grandparent or Relative Raising a Child?

According to the U.S. Census, 10,161 of Idaho children live in homes with grandparent householders where grandparents are responsible for them. Of these children, 4,592 have no parents present in the home. The GrandFacts state fact sheet is an excellent resource for grandparents or other relatives who are raising children.  This resource provides not only … Continue reading Are You a Grandparent or Relative Raising a Child?

Choosing a Care Facility – 5 Helpful Tips

There may come a time in your caregiving journey where your loved one may need a facility that provides rehabilitative, restorative, or ongoing skilled nursing care.  Consider these helpful tips from AARP. 1.     Narrow your search, visit in person 2.     Remember infections are not always reported adequately 3.     Discount the ‘Chandelier effect’ 4.     Learn complex … Continue reading Choosing a Care Facility – 5 Helpful Tips

12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

June is world elder abuse awareness month.  The University of Southern California provides many resources on how to take action.  The need to provide respite to caregivers is highlighted in 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse.    Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect  Talk to friends and family members about how we … Continue reading 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

Are you a Kinship Caregiver who Needs Help Navigating the Child Welfare System?

Grandparents and other relatives or friends who care for children whose own parents are unable to care for them are often referred to as “kinship” caregivers. The Child Welfare Information Gateway System has created a factsheet for kinship caregivers to provide resources that help these caregivers effectively navigate the child welfare system.  Click here to download a free … Continue reading Are you a Kinship Caregiver who Needs Help Navigating the Child Welfare System?

10 Tips for Keeping You and Your Loved One Active at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

As you work to keep your loved one safe and healthy at home, you may find that you and your loved one’s activities are limited.  AARP shares the following tips: Read and share: Help your loved one pick out a new book – Even more, set-up a virtual book club for your loved one to … Continue reading 10 Tips for Keeping You and Your Loved One Active at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

8 Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

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