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Caring for a parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a 24/7 job that is emotionally, physically and financially difficult. That’s why AARP works tirelessly to support family caregivers, striving to make your big responsibilities a little bit easier.
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Boise, ID – In Idaho, more than 200,000 hardworking family caregivers are performing largely unnoticed but critical at-home medical services on family members and loved ones. Institutions and healthcare professional play a role in helping Idahoans live independently, but family caregivers in the Gem State are equally important by contributing an estimated $2 billion worth of unpaid care.
A family caregiver may be a parent caring for a child with serious medical issues, or a young adult taking care of a grandparent with a heart condition. A caregiver may be a sister caring for a brother with schizophrenia, or a husband supporting and caring for a wife with dementia. Often, caregiving involves a combination of roles - everything from a simple trip to the grocery store or a medical appointment - to 24/7 care involving medication administration or comoplex medical services. A caregiving role may last a few months or a lifetime. And with caregiving come lots of questions. This guide provides answers. Download the  AARP Idaho Caregivers Guide
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As you age, will you be able to take care of yourself or need to rely on others? What services and supports will you need? Are they available in your community?
Emergency Caregiving Respite (ECR) is a respite care program designed to assist 24/7 family caregivers. Through ECR any Idaho caregiver providing 24/7 care to any person of any age (child, adult or elder) is eligible to apply for funding.
Idaho Family Caregivers Provide $2.2 Billion In Unpaid Care According to AARP Study
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