Quick Contact Info for Caregiver Services: Elders & Adults

July 17, 2024 — Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) is the state agency in charge of care for those who need long-term support They have programs for older adults and individuals with disabilities, including several Medicaid waiver programs that provide respite care. General Information Line: 360-725-2300. Check out their web page on Long-Term Care Services and information. Community... Read More

Camps for Individuals with Special Needs

May 3, 2024 — Summer’s coming and families are looking into camp options! Here is a list of camps in Washington State (and a few just over the border in Idaho) that offer programming and trained staff for individuals with special health conditions or disability. The list includes free camps, camps partnered with Lifespan Respite WA where families can... Read More

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