The purpose of this program is to establish
support networks that provide: information about the availability of support services;
assistance in gaining access; individual counseling to help make decisions and solve
problems; and respite care. It would establish an infrastructure of program resources
and assistance to family caregivers and older individuals who are relative caregivers
through state and area agencies on aging, service providers, and consumer organizations.
Service categories include: information to
caregivers about available services; assistance to caregivers in gaining access
to services; individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver
training to assist in making decisions and solving problems; respite care to enable
caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities.
Service Priority: When serving caregivers, priority shall be given to caregivers
who are Older individuals (60 years of age or older) with greatest social need and
greatest Economic need (with particular attention to low in-come); if serving caregivers
of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, priority shall
be given to those caring for older individuals (60 years of age or older).
This program is currently provided via a contract
between the Merced County Area Agency on Aging and the Valley Caregiver Resource
Center. Contact the Merced area representative at (209) 723-7530.