Area Agencies on Aging in Idaho
The Area Agencies on Aging provide resources, referrals for caregivers of all ages, respite vouchers for qualifying individuals who are caring for a loved one over the age of 60, and services for individuals over the age of 60. Contact your local AAA to find out more and for referrals to agencies in your area that provide free or affordable transportation.
Centers for Independent Living
Transportation referrals may also be available through the various Centers for Independent Living (CILs). For a complete list of CILs in Idaho, go to the Idaho State Independent Living Council website.
Idaho Parents Unlimited
The Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL) is a state-wide organization that serves parents and families of, and individuals with, disabilities.IPUL strives to support, educate, and advocate for Idahoans with disabilities.
Advanced Care Planning
No matter the age or stage advance care planning conversations should be taking place. Yet, it is not good enough just to have a conversation. Make sure the correct documentation is in place to help inform medical providers of what medical decisions you’d like made for you when you are unable to communicate. Honoring Choices Idaho has put advance care planning a top priority and made it a little easier to understand.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) provides education for caregivers on stress reduction, emotion management, self confidence, and awareness of community resources. Many of the Area Agencies on Aging provide PTC throughout Idaho, for a full listing please contact your local AAA.
Access to affordable transportation is one of the biggest barriers preventing adults with disabilities from being able to go to accomplish daily tasks like going to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments, etc. Resources vary by community, but here are a few:
- Valley Ride Access Bus, provided by Valley Regional Transit, serves both Ada and Canyon county residents (208) 345-7433
- Scrip Taxi Program aka BOISE CITY SCRIP: This subsidized taxi program is available to people whose disability inhibits their ability to drive. Participants must live in the Boise City limits and may purchase coupons for discounted taxi rides by calling Valley Regional Transit at (208) 345-7433.
- Kootenai County’s orgin-to-orgin or curb-to-curb paratransit services– A Kootenai County Paratransit Elegibility Application will need to be filled out to determine eligibility.
- Veterans Affairs Transportation Program (VTP) provides transportation solutions to Veterans who need to get to and from their VA health care facilities.
There are hundreds of books available on caregiving. Here are a few tips to find the books that will best fit your family’s needs:
- Visit your local library – You can perform a search in the library’s database yourself, or you can ask the librarian to help you.
- Support Groups – If you participate in a support group, ask other members for referrals
- AARP – AARP maintains a list of books to help family caregivers navigate a variety of caregiving concerns. Visit http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/bookstore/home-family-caregiving/AARP–
- Idaho has developed a comprehensive guide for caregivers in Idaho; A Resource Guide for Idaho Family Caregivers.
- Diagnosis Specific Websites – Many websites, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, offer a list of helpful resources.
- Talk to your friends, neighbors, church, and civic groups
- ALS: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/
- Alzheimer’s Disease: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp
- Autism: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism
- Cerebral Palsy: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
- Down’s Syndrome: http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/What-Is-Down-Syndrome/
- Epilepsy: http://www.epilepsy.com/
- Lewy Body Dementia: http://www.lbda.org/
- Mental Health: http://www.mentalhealth.gov/
- Muscular Dystrophy: http://www.mda.org/
- Multiple Sclerosis: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS
- Parkinson’s Disease: http://www.pdf.org/about_pd
- Schizophrenia: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Information-Page
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml