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

“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

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. 

Family Caregiver Handbook

July 8, 2022 — This downloadable handbook (pdf) is specific, detailed and practical, written for WA State residents by the Aging and Long Term Support Administration at Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Topics include, but aren’t limited to: You can also order a free, printed copy.

Family Caregiver Decision Guide

February 10, 2022 — This guide was originally created to help family caregivers whose family members were living with a life-limiting condition or illness, but can be useful for many family caregiver situations. The guide walks you through four steps to help with decision-making: The guide was created by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at... Read More