Finding Respite in Washington State

July 10, 2023 — A Brief Overview Respite offers a short-term break for caregivers and those they support. Time apart can boost well-being for all: While caregivers temporarily shift their focus to self-care, care recipients have time to meet new people and explore new interests. Modern families come in many styles. Primary caregivers may be a parent, a child,... Read More

For Care Partners/Caregivers of Individuals Living with Parkinson’s Disease

April 23, 2023 — There are many active organizations working on research to treat and cure Parkinson’s Disease and support individuals living with PD and their caregivers. At Lifespan Respite WA, we focus on caregivers. Our team gathered resources from these organizations to help caregivers in their lives and their caregiving work. American Academy of Neurology’s Brain&Life website has... Read More

Tip Sheets for Dementia Care

April 4, 2023 — Family caregivers will appreciate these short informative one-page documents, which can be read online, downloaded, or printed. Available in English, Español (Spanish), and やまと (Japanese). Pick just the topic you need, or get them all in one document package (the package is in English and Spanish only at this time). Developed by Alzheimer’s Los Angeles... Read More

Why is Dad So Angry All the Time?

February 28, 2023 — “The stress of an illness or disability can lead to a care receiver’s behavior becoming difficult. His personality and behavior may change because of the emotional and physical changes he is experiencing. A person who has always had a difficult personality may become even more difficult.

“Steps for seeking solutions”

January 9, 2023 — -adapted from Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance) Check out the original article: Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance)

“We can’t control everything!”

January 3, 2023 — -excerpted from Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance) Many times, attitudes and beliefs form personal barriers that stand in the way of caring for yourself. Not taking care of yourself may be a lifelong pattern, with taking care of others an easier option. However, as a family caregiver you must... Read More

“Communication is key”

December 22, 2022 —   -excerpted from Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance) Being able to communicate constructively is one of a caregiverʼs most important tools. When you communicate in ways that are clear, assertive, and constructive, you will be heard and get the help and support you need. The box below shows basic... Read More

“Asking for help”

December 13, 2022 —               -excerpted from Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance) When people have asked if they can be of help to you, how often have you replied, “Thank you, but I’m fine.” Many caregivers don’t know how to marshal the goodwill of others and are reluctant to ask for help. You may not... Read More

Pathways to Respite Toolkit

November 16, 2022 — Pathways to Respite Toolkit (online document and tool): This online tool offers definitions, information, resources, and check-lists for care givers in WA. The Pathways to Respite Toolkit is a good place to start conversations among families, for care givers, and to support one another. 

Temporary Caregivers of Military Children: Guide to Essential Information

October 25, 2022 — If you are a grandparent, other relative, or family friend taking care of children while their parent or parents are deployed or on other duty, this guide to essential information is intended to offer you help and resources.  It contains useful information about military benefits that provide help with schools, medical care and supports and... Read More