Friends in Action is a unique program serving family caregivers and those they care for. We are a program of the nonprofit Mountain States Group Inc.
More than 40,000 Treasure Valley family members, friends, and neighbors provide regular, unpaid assistance to adults and children living with chronic or advanced illnesses and disabilities. We call these unsung heros "family caregivers." Family caregivers coordinate appointments, assist with medical and personal needs, manage households, cope with legal and financial challenges, and do whatever it takes to care for loved ones at home. Doing "whatever it takes" takes its toll on the caregiver. Caregivers experience physical, emotional, and financial stress. Friends in Action helps family caregivers cope with these stressors, connect with quality resources, and navigate their caregiving challenges.
Friends in Action uses highly trained volunteers to lead nationally recognized, evidence-based education programs; provide caregiver respite and support; and assist in planning the annual Family Caregiver Conference. Our professional staff consults with business leaders to help employers and employees address the challenges of "working caregivers". Every FIA service is designed to sustain the efforts of family caregivers. Every caregiver helped is an accomplishment of hope.
Since 2004 we have been making a difference in the lives of family caregivers and elders in the Treasure Valley.
We invite you to learn more about Friends in Action. Learn about our classes for family caregivers. See how we make a difference in the lives of caregivers every day. Become a volunteer. Donate and help us serve more caregivers. Help us broaden our capacity to serve families, and promote health, independence and dignity for all of our neighbors. We welcome you to Friends in Action.
Call to Action for Family Caregivers from the Idaho Lifespan Respite Coalition: Statewide Survey of Informal Caregivers
The vision of the Idaho Lifespan Respite Coalition is to create an integrated network of respite support for informal (unpaid) caregivers and care recipients of all ages. The Coalition is comprised of representatives from public and private organizations, caregivers, and recipients of care throughout Idaho. Friends in Action is a member of the Coalition and invites you to participate in a statewide survey of informal (unpaid) caregivers and/or share this message with caregivers you may know. The survey is designed to gather information about the needs of caregivers and the results will be used to guide the actions of the Coalition. The survey is anonymous. Participation will not affect any services or benefits a caregiver is receiving because we will not know who answered the survey. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Toevs, Center for the Study of Aging (208-426-2452,email@example.com) or Pam Catt-Oliason, Commission on Aging (208-577-2852, Pam.Catt-Oliason@aging.idaho.gov).
Anonymous survey link: Click here to complete Caregiver Survey.
The 3rd Annual Family Caregiver Conference was held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Boise State University's Student Union Building. 400 family caregivers and more than 40 resource organizations participated! Learn more about the Conference here.
Show your gratitude to Veterans in our community! Support the Legacy Corps Program....a volunteer-powered caregiver support program for veteran and military families. Friends in Action seeks business partners who want to be recognized as champions of veteran and military families who care for a loved one at home.
Jake and Elwood want YOU at FIA's Annual Fundraiser, The Prom! Join the Blues Brothers Rock N' Soul Revue as they rock the house in support of Friends in Action on Saturday, April 5. Learn more and purchase your tickets here.
Legacy Corps receives DAV Charitable Trust funding!
28 Jan 2014 - The Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust has selected Friends in Action's Legacy Corps program to as grant recipient for 2014. The sole mission of the DAV Charitable Service Trust is to make sure our brave veterans get all the care... read more
New Tool for Struggling Elders: EconomicCheckUp®
10 Dec 2013 - The National Council on Aging is launching a new online tool to help older adults improve their financial security. EconomicCheckUp® asks a series of questions to help seniors identify benefits and services that could save them money, cut expenses... read more
Take a Moment to Thank a Family Caregiver.
12 Nov 2013 - November is National Family Caregivers Month. How many “thank you’s” would be needed to acknowledge family or informal caregivers in Idaho? An estimated 300,000! And what is the value of this care? To families it’s priceless and to states... read more