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Families/Caregivers

If you regularly aid an older relative to maintain his or her quality of life, you are a caregiver. This section has programs that are specifically to support families and caregivers. If you are looking for services for your loved one, visit the Older Adults webpage

Caregiver Support

Family Caregiver Support Program 

The Family Caregiver Support Program recognizes the critical need for training, assistance, and relief, for caregivers in a role that can last for years. The goal of this program is to offer a seamless system of home and community-based caregiver support services for the caregiver.

  

Caregiver Coalition

The Caregiver Coalition of San Diego is a volunteer group of senior service providers that work to identify and address the needs of caregivers through education, support, advocacy, and member collaboration. They provide free information and limited services, with referrals to other services as needed. Click here for more information about the Caregiver Coalition of San Diego and services provided. 

Dementia Care and Support 

There are resources and programs available to support those living with dementia, their caregivers, and families, such as safety programs, dementia-friendly communication tools, and more! Explore the initiatives below and learn about the supports available to you and your loved one.  

  

Respite

The County of San Diego offers affordable respite services to help give caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia a much-needed break. The service is offered in partnership with two providers: Coast Care Partners and Southern Caregiver Resource Center.

For details, contact either provider:


  

Choose Well

Choose Well is a free, innovative, web-based program sponsored by the County of San Diego that helps older adults and their families make informed decisions when selecting assisted living homes. Visit the Choose Well website to explore the specially evaluated facilities that have voluntarily agreed to be scored on 11 measures of quality.

For additional details or to get involved as a member, call 858-221-4862.


  

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for residents in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, as well as investigates abuse in other licensed facilities. An Ombudsman listens to concerns, provides information and assistance when requested and will investigate and resolve complaints related to care or personal rights.


  

Project C.A.R.E.

Project Community Action Reaching the Elderly – C.A.R.E

Project C.A.R.E. identifies and supports older adults and/or individuals with disabilities to prevent social isolation, loneliness, neglect, and abuse. The program works to maintain effective contact and empower individuals to remain as independent as possible in a safe environment. 


  

Adult Protective Services: Self-neglect

Adult Protective Services (APS) serves adults 65 and older and dependent adults 18 and older, who are harmed, or threatened with harm, to ensure their right to safety and dignity. APS investigates elder and dependent adult abuse, including cases of self-neglect where an older or dependent adult fails to take care of themselves and meet daily living activities.
 
If you observe, know, or suspect senior or dependent abuse, call APS at 800-339-4661. Mandated reporters can register to use an online system to make a referral.