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Friends In Action
Last updated on June 26, 2014

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Friends in Action is a unique program dedicated to supporting family caregivers. We help family caregivers reduce stress, solve problems, make tough decisions, and find help.

Description:
Friends in Action (FIA), a program of the nonprofit Mountain States Group, is a unique organization dedicated to providing person-centered support for family members who care for adults and children living with chronic and disabling health conditions. FIA provides: in-home respite services for family caregivers; nationally recognized self-care education programs to help family caregivers maintain their own health and well-being (Powerful Tools for Caregivers and the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program); JumpStart Caregiver Coaching which provides an individual assessment of caregiver needs resulting in an action plan for connecting with information, training, and support; and an annual Family Caregiver Conference, a one-day education event connecting over 400 family caregivers with quality information, resources and mutual support.

History:
Friends in Action opened its doors in 2004 to provide companionship, help with errands and transportation for frail elders in the greater Boise area. In 2005 we launched a caregiver respite service. Demand for these services was significant from the beginning, and we have steadily increased our capacity to serve through partnerships with multiple community organizations (social service, health care and government agencies; universities, and local businesses and foundations). These services currently provide over 500 hours of assistance to nearly 100 families every month across the Treasure Valley.

In 2009 we launched a nationally-recognized caregiver education program called Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC). PTC provides valuable information and teaches practical skills, empowering caregivers to successfully manage their challenges and maintain their own well-being. In 2010 we launched a second award winning, evidence- based education program called Living Well in Idaho, teaching participants how to manage long term illnesses and the impact of those illnesses on their lives. To date these education programs have impacted over 200 caregivers and 180 elders living with a chronic disease. In late 2011 FIA hosted its first Family Caregiver Conference, a one-day educational event that connected over 250 family caregivers with quality information, community resources and mutual support. This annual event expects to draw 500 family caregivers in early 2015. In 2014, FIA began the pilot phase of JumpStart Caregiver Coaching which allows caregivers to meet with professional staff by phone or in-person to provide an individual assessment of caregiver needs and worries resulting in an action plan for connecting with information, training, and support to the meet the caregiver’s needs.

In April 2012, FIA was one of five national recipients of the prestigious “Innovations in Caregiving Award” presented jointly by the MetLife Foundation and National Alliance for Caregiving. This award will be used to develop a workplace-based eldercare and caregiver education program.

Most of FIA's services are provided by a cadre of over 150 trained volunteers who are dedicated to providing support for family caregivers.

Contact people:

 General Information, Volunteer & Caregiver Coord., (208) 333-1363, (email)
Melissa Radloff, Volunteer Coordinator, (208) 333-1363, (email)
Kelle Sweeney, Education Coordinator, (208) 333-1363, (email)


Office fax number: (208) 336-0880

Address:

 1607 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.fiaboise.org

Directions:

 Corner of 16th and Jefferson in the Mountain States Group Building.
Last updated on June 26, 2014

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