Caregiving Resources in the San Francisco Bay Area
Home Safety for Seniors provides free home safety assessments to residents of East and Central Contra Costa County age 55 and older. Trained volunteers go to the home to perform safety assessments and make minor installations, such as anti-slip mats, and provide products that can make living in the home safer and easier, such as flashlights. The program also gives information about other resources and services in the area. To find out more call (925) 472-5771.
The Center for Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito offers spiritual and emotional support to children and adults with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers. The program has support groups specific to caregivers as well as groups focused on bereavement. The organization’s website at www.attitudinalhealing.org provides lists of the current month’s support groups. A telephone interview is required before attending a group for the first time. The center volunteers offer direct emotional support to children and adults at home or in the hospital who are unable to attend the programs due to severe illness, allowing people the opportunity to talk about their feelings and emotions and discuss what choices they have to improve their quality of life. For more information, call (415) 331-6161.
For those with health insurance questions: Linda Rebiejo-Dawal is a Health Insurance Information Service Coordinator out of Washington Hospital Healthcare System in Fremont. Linda is available to answer questions about health insurance including Medicare, Medi-Cal and HMOs. Linda accepts calls from across the state and will also take calls from outside of California. Callers can leave voice mail for a call back. For more information about this free service, call (800) 770-9447.
ELLIPSE Penninsula AIDS Services offers supportive services to San Mateo County residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS as well as to their family members and friends. Services offered include: case management and assistance in applying for public benefits, peer support, family and individual services, a food pantry and home delivered meals. All services are free. For more information, please call (650) 572-9702.
If you suspect that an elder in Alameda County is being abused physically, financially or emotionally, or is suffering from abandonment and neglect, you can call the Victim /Witness Assistance Division Elder Abuse Unit of the Office of the District Attorney for assistance. Victim consultants can speak with you about your questions regarding the suspected abuse or neglect, advise you on how best to proceed and provide you with appropriate referrals. Victim consultants can also assist the elderly victim with applying for State Compensation benefits. If the abuse case is charged and goes to court, consultants are available to provide emotional support, explain court procedures and provide transportation to and from the courthouse. The Victim/Witness Assistance Division works with cases in which Adult Protective Services are either involved or not involved. For help, please call (510) 569-9281 or (510) 272-6180.
Project Sentinel Mediation and Housing Services is an organization that provides free mediation and counseling services to people wanting to settle a dispute. The organization assists with issues regarding tenant/landlord relations, community and neighborhood disagreements and consumer disputes. The Project also provides fair housing investigations and enforcement services, HUD counseling and legal referrals. Services are provided in Santa Clara, Southern Alameda, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties. For further information, please call (888) 324-7468.
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