BOISE, Idaho – An estimated 300,000 people in Idaho provide critical home health care for their loved ones every day. These caregivers are now at the center of a project aimed at promoting their mental health.
Marilyn Sword is the coordinator of the Idaho Caregiver Alliance – a nonprofit that provides essential support to caregivers.
“We are providing a free navigator,” explained Sword. “They can be accessed over a phone or online. If you are an adult caring for your child with developmental delays, or you are a senior caring for your spouse or anything in between, and you” when you have the pressures of caring feel, you can call or go online and do a quick screener and one of our navigators will be in touch and do a full assessment. You develop a plan to maintain your resilience as a caregiver. “
The project is funded by Medicaid and is free for nurses. Hundreds of people have been helped so far.
“Most of the services focus on the patient or client, but this focuses on the indivisible caretaker behind the scenes,” said Sword. “It’s very touching and very personal.”
To join the Idaho Caregivers Alliance, you can call 208-426-5899 or visit the group’s website.