The demands on caregivers are endless. There is no one profile describing 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 immediate 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.
The Area Agency on Aging offers a Support Group for Caregivers. It is held monthly at the Area Agency on Aging offices at 214 East Center Street on the 4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm.
For additional information, see below.
In-home respite is a service designed to encourage and support efforts of caregivers to maintain functionally or cognitively impaired persons at home. Paid respite staff and volunteers provide companionship or personal care services, or both, when needed and appropriate for the care recipient and the caregiver.
Respite is a break for caregivers providing care to someone of any age with a significant disability, special need or chronic illness.
Caregivers may hire from their support network such as family member, friend or a familiar individual.
Caregivers set their respite schedule, hire who they choose as a provider and manage their budget.
— Caregivers must be at least 18 years old and an Idaho resident.
— The caregiver must be providing unpaid care to their loved one.
— Currently not receiving paid respite care through another agency or program.
— The caregiver lives with the care recipient, or if the primary caregiver does not live with the care recipient, the caregiver must be providing frequent on-site visits throughout the day, which are essential to assure the client’s health and safety.