We often assume that caregiving is a one-way street---that the sick person, the recipient of care, has nothing to offer. This is a radically impoverished view of human relationship that inevitably frustrates the healing process. If we can recognize that caregiving is a form of communion with one another, that because of difficult circumstances offers unique opportunity to serve, to learn and to develop deep and abiding relationships, then we can experience the giving and receiving of care as a blessing and not a burden."
Caregiving almost always presents both challenge and opportunity! The task of providing for a loved one living with long term illness often takes one by surprise.
Caregiving places demands on people. Caregiving often changes the familiar to the unfamiliar. There is no one profile of a caregiver, a caregiver's situation, or the duration of the caregiving experience. Caregiving can range from periodic phone calls and visits from distant caregivers, buying groceries or managing money, to the daily duties of personal care. Caregiving responsibilities may also be spread over several households and beyond family to friends and acquaintances.
Information, training, decision support, respite, problem solving alternatives, and social support are among the things offered as services to caregivers. In Idaho there are several programs to aid caregivers with their responsibilities and challenges.
Who is eligible for these services?
- Family Caregivers (18+) of older Adults (60+)
- Family Caregivers (18+) of individuals with Alzheimer's or related dementia (any age)
- Grandparents and relative caregivers (55+) of children (under age 18)
- Grandparents/relative caregivers (55+) of adult children (18-59) with a disability
For more information contact us at the Area II Agency on Aging.
Idaho Lifespan Respite
Caregiver and Provider Capacity Assessment Report
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- How to be a Resilient Caregiver
- Home Care Resources for Disabled Veteran's
- Family Caregiver Alliance - Connections Newsletters
- Caregiving in the US 2015
- Medicare Home Health Compare - locate and compare Home Health agencies
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshops
- Free Online Workshop for Caregivers of Veterans
- Booklet: Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Money and Retirement
- Hospital Discharge Planning: A Guide for Families and Caregivers
- Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease Guide
- Information & Support for In-Home Dementia Caregivers
- Telephone Caregiver Support Group
- Six Resources for Caregivers
- Friends in Action of Treasure Valley
- Senior Companion Program of Magic Valley
- Senior Companion Program of Panhandle Health District
- Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center
- Aging Network Volunteers
- Senior Safety - Caring for the Ones You Love
- Legacy Corps Caregiver Support for Veteran/Military Families