As a caregiver, I can personally attest to how difficult it is for families trying to care for a loved one who is critically ill, physically impaired, in the last days of their life, or has other disabilities. It tears family members up watching their loved one suffer and it takes a very strong person to be a caregiver, whether it is care for a family member or not. I did this for my mom for quite some time and it is very taxing. When she finally got put into a 24-hour care center it took a lot of my stress away. Many families don’t have that option or can’t allow that to happen for their loved one.
Another sad factor is that some families or persons don’t qualify for in-home care from a service such as the one that I work for. It is unfortunate that people fall through the cracks in our healthcare system and for these families acting as caregivers the toll is incredible. The stress can at times be through the roof and can lead to very heavy depression.
Legacy Corps provides a brief respite for caregivers. Jannus, the company overseeing the volunteer project says that over 300,000 people in Idaho, 1 in every 4, are family caregivers. What this means is that they are the caregiver for a family member and they take critical ongoing responsibility for loved ones who are physically disabled, chronically ill, or emotionally disabled.
Jannus is trying to get people to volunteer for 10-12 hours a week through Legacy Corps. This allows caregivers to get out of the home for a short break and much-needed respite. The volunteers receive training, $167 a month and a $1,500 scholarship. Those over the age of 55 who work as a volunteer can gift that scholarship to a child or grandchild.
Currently, there are 3 information sessions available:
- Monday 1-2 p.m. at the Jannus Building, 1607 W. Jefferson St. in Boise
- Tuesday 1-2:30 p.m. at the Boise Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road in Boise
- Wednesday 1-2 p.m. at the Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program office, 411 E. Hawaii Ave. in Nampa
Jannus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that changes lives every day. For 40 years, Mountain States Group has served individuals and families to change their lives for the better. The legacy of those years is people who are healthier physically and mentally, children who gained a strong start in life with proper care and nutrition, entrepreneurs who created companies and jobs, and new Americans who were given the support they need to live productive lives here.
The one thing each of the programs has in common is assisting individuals and families in transition. The idea of helping people in transition is central to everything they do. A dedicated staff of over 130 works with an annual operating budget of nearly $14 million sponsoring over 20 programs.
We educate children and families
We support healthy living
We connect family caregivers with resources
We support efforts to maintain the health of our elders
We analyze policy impacts to vulnerable populations
We coordinate the resettlement and related services to hundreds of refugees in Idaho
We counsel entrepreneurs in development and start-up of small businesses
We support the voice for mental health consumers and families
We understand rural health and work with communities and partners to improve health care access and service in rural communities
If you would like the opportunity to volunteer and help these families in need out please contact Jannus at 1607 W Jefferson St, Boise, Idaho (208) 336-5533