FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
Valley Caregiver Resource Center (VCRC) offers a unique, comprehensive umbrella of services designed to help elders and their families master the challenges that accompany the aging process. As long-standing advocates and collaborators in preserving the health and quality of life of others, our aim is to promote personal and community well-being.
The Valley Caregiver Resource Center system helps families and communities master the challenges of caring for adults with brain impairing conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's and traumatic brain injury.
To be eligible for services, a client must be caring for an adult with a cognitive impairing condition that occurred after the age of 18 (for example: dementia, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease), or someone 60 years and older in need of assistance with daily living activities (services for those caring for someone 60 and older are available in various counties where VCRC has the Family Caregiver Support Program).
Information & Assistance
Valley Caregiver Resource Center provides information and assistance on all aspects of care.
We assist caregivers in exploring immediate and long term care options, and provide support and guidance in decision making.
In addition to facilitating our own support groups, we provide referrals to other existing support groups and assistance in establishing groups where needed.
for current support groups.
Valley Caregiver Resource Center offers a wide variety of free classes and training for all caregivers.
for current classes.
Legal & Financial Consultations
A free consultation is available with an attorney experienced in issues relevant to caring for adults with brain impairment. The attorney will provide advice in such areas as establishing durable powers of attorney, conservatorship, financial planning and clarification of community property laws.
Short-term counseling with family members is available to help identify problems and explore solutions. Assistance is given in obtaining on-going counseling when needed.
Respite for Caregivers
Subsidies are available for in-home care, day care and transportation that assist families caring for a brain-impaired adult at home.
Training & Conferences For Families and Professionals
Specialized education about research, diagnosis, behavioral management, stress reduction, and other issues related to caregiving can be arranged.
VCRC will provide speakers on caregiver and senior-related topics to any interested group. We welcome opportunities to share this information with professional associations, community groups, senior centers, faith-based organizations, unions, women's groups, political clubs, benevolent organizations, and any other interested group. There is no charge for this service. Call our office staff for more information or to schedule a presentation.
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