Letters to the Editor

Chally letter: Caregivers

Dr. Sarah Toevs recently published a piece in the Statesman regarding the importance of caregivers, those individuals who take care of a husband, wife, mother, father or child who has a chronic disease or injury. They do this out of love. They are dealing with different conditions with few solutions. The impact on the caregiver is immense. The caregiver must make appointments, dispense prescriptions, and prepare meals and many other day-to-day tasks. Even with supportive family and friends this is a lonely task, often with sleepless nights and long days. This goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They need a break, the chance to take a breath.

I am a 70-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran providing respite to these families as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. We give the caregiver four hours/week to get away to do what they want — see friends for lunch, shop, work in the yard or just relax. In the three years as a volunteer, I’ve seen the impact this provides caregivers. Legacy Corps needs volunteers. We have over 100 caregivers who need a break, and now would be a good time to volunteer for this important work.

Contact Legacy Corps at 208-333-1363 www.jannus.org/legacy-corps

Jim Chally, Boise