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 d…
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
For those of you that are meat lovers, there is a great special that Albertsons runs all the time. It is going on today until Tuesday. It’s the Buy 1 get 2 Free and the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale.…
For those of you that are meat lovers, there is a great special that Albertsons runs all the time. It is going on today until Tuesday. It’s the Buy 1 get 2 Free and the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale. What this means for you as a shopper is that you can get 2 huge pre-seasoned pork shoulder blade steaks in each package. I bought 3 packages for a total of 6 steaks that cost about $14 total. I also took advantage of their beef steak sale and got 2 packages, each containing 3 petite sirloin steaks. They were on special, buy 1 get 1 free, so I got 6 steaks total for about $14.
I buy these particular cuts of pork steaks all the time and have a great recipe for cooking them up to perfection. Albertsons has them on sale sometimes buy 1 get 1 free, but when you can catch the buy 1 get 2 free sales you rake in a great deal. They also have pre-seasoned chicken leg quarters which are wonderful and big!
Here is what the pork steaks look like out of the package.
As you can see they are seasoned. The pan that I cook them on is a 9 1/2″ X 14″ baking pan with a rack insert. You can tell just by the size of the pan how truly big these steaks are. The side view shows that the steaks are nice and thick!
I set the oven at 425 degrees and spray both sides of the steaks with a canola cooking oil. I cook them on one side for 20 minutes and then flip them over and cook them an additional 20 minutes. They come out juicy and tender.One of these steaks will feed 2 people so you can get 4 meals out of 1 package. If you are going to split 1 steak between 2 people I would cut them after cooking so that the steak retains the juice.
Here’s what our dinner looked like.
On a 1-5 star rating for Albertsons sale, it gets 5 stars across the board for the price, cut, and quantity!
DCMJ, a community group fighting for equal rights for DC cannabis users, growers, and their families, plans to hand out 4,200 free joints on Donald Trump’s Inauguration day in Washington D.C.…
DCMJ, a community group fighting for equal rights for DC cannabis users, growers, and their families, plans to hand out 4,200 free joints on Donald Trump’s Inauguration day in Washington D.C. to anyone who wants them. They will be handed out in Dupont Circle. All the protesters who are willing to will light up their gifted joints at The National Mall at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s Presidency. The 4,200 joints and the 4 minutes and 20 seconds is code for cannabis that started in the 70’s and is in reference to the term 420 and smoking cannabis.
Adam Eidinger is the founder of DCMJ. His organization worked diligently to get initiative 71 passed in D.C.This makes it legal for anyone to carry up to 2 oz in our nation’s capital. At this point in D.C. pot can only be gifted, not sold.Now, here’s the kicker, it is legal to smoke pot in your home but not in public in Washington D.C., so anyone who lights up at the National Mall is subject to arrest or being ticketed.
Why you may ask are they doing this? Adam says, “We’re defending our initiative against the federal government because we’re concerned that Jeff Sessions will try to overturn our local laws here,” he told CNN on Wednesday. “We’re being proactive to share marijuana, which is our right before it’s too late. We also want to educate Trump supporters that we can do this legally.” Further, he states, “I’ve seen the healing power of the plant,” he said. “I’ve seen so many people get better with marijuana use, whether it’s (multiple sclerosis), or cancer or AIDS. I think it’s a great injustice to put people in jail for something so benign and so beneficial.”
We have seen similar protests here in Idaho when Serra Frank, founder of Moms for Marijuana International and Boise Hempfest event coordinator planned to light up on January 1, 2017, at the Capital Building in Boise at 4:20 pm in an act of civil disobedience. She had been arrested earlier in the week for marijuana possession, possession of paraphernalia and resisting/obstructing officers. Frank has interstitial cystitis and has been prescribed many different opioids, but she says that only smoking pot helps.
She brought out her bag but didn’t light up and when the police asked her to hand it over she complied. There were only about 20 protesters and the protest was peaceful. Frank let the police know about the protest beforehand and it caught the media’s attention. Serra has strong reasons for her protest and states that “This isn’t just about a drug. This isn’t just about getting high. This is about liberty, this is about freedom, this about — medicine, yes — but it’s about more than that, even,” she said. “It’s about an 80-year long prohibition that has been a toxic mess against our society.”
I am not a 420 participant or any other drug for that matter, however, as a caregiver, I see what the definite benefits could be for some of my clients that suffer daily with pain and other debilitating symptoms that could be helped with cannabis. Here are only 10:
I really wish Idaho would get on board. The tax revenues alone would be so beneficial to our state. They could put part of that tax revenue into mental health programs, and considering Idaho is ranked one of the worst, 45th, in mental heath care accessibility and assistance they should really get off their un”high” horses and reconsider the stance of Idaho on cannabis legalization.
Please read my earlier blog “Idaho needs to get off the “pot” and legalize marijuana.”
In my family, smoking pot was allowed at home by my parents. My parent’s line of thinking was that they would rather have their kids smoking pot at home than drinking and being out on the roa…