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Friends In Action
Last updated on September 17, 2013

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Friends in Action is dedicated to sustaining quality of life and independence for frail elders and their families. Our programs and services are focused on improving the health and well-being of family caregivers and the elders they care for. All of our services are provided through volunteers!

Description:
Friends in Action (FIA) is dedicated to developing community support for family caregivers and providing assistance to the elders they care for. FIA provides: transportation, help with errands, companionship, and home safety upgrades for frail elders in Ada County; in-home respite services for family caregivers caring for an elder; 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); and an annual southwest Idaho Family Caregiver Conference, a one-day education event connecting over 250 family caregivers with quality information, resources and mutual support. All of FIA’s services are the building blocks of an emerging Center for Excellence in Family Caregiving, a community-wide collaboration spearheaded by FIA to provide a broad continuum of education, skills training, direct support, and advocacy on behalf of family caregivers.

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 70 elders every month across Ada County.

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 elders 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 2013.

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.

All FIA services are provided by trained volunteers and are the building blocks of an emerging Center for Excellence in Family Caregiving, a community-wide collaboration spearheaded by FIA to provide a continuum of education, skills training, and direct support to family caregivers and the elders they care for.

Contact people:

 General Information, Volunteer & Caregiver Coord., (208) 333-1363, (email)
Melissa Radloff, Volunteer 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 September 17, 2013

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