The Center for Caregiver Training will hold a free caregiver training program in September called Caregiving 101. Families, friends, partners and professionals will learn from working healthcare professionals about topics such as navigating the health care system, pain and symptom management, accessing community resources, and managing nutrition and medications. Contact Celi Adams at (415) 563-9286.
The California HealthCare Foundation has developed Calmedicare.org for California Medicare beneficiaries, their families and friends. The new site provides information about the Medicare program in California, as well as options for covering healthcare costs not covered by Medicare. For more information, visit www.calmedicare.org.
A Third Party Notification System for Caregivers is now provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Caregivers and friends of elders may request notification when a late notice is mailed by PG&E in response to an unpaid bill. Both the elder and third party must sign the request. The designated third party is not obligated to pay any part of the customer’s bill. For more information, call (800) 743-5000.
The Marin Humane Society sponsors a program called SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships). SHARE consists of several programs that provide a variety of services for people who have a special bond with pets. The SHARE program provides pet care assistance to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities (Side-by-Side), brings animals to facilities to visit people who can no longer share their lives with pets (Animal-Assisted Therapy), conducts adoptions for pets of home-bound individuals (Special Adoptions), and collects pet food donations to be distributed to pet owners in need (Pet Meals on Wheels). For more information, call the SHARE Program Coordinator at (415) 883-4621 ext. 255.
Rainbow Adult Community Housing (RACH) creates and sustains a residential community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors in San Francisco. In addition to providing a residential community, RACH offers culturally sensitive services that help maintain independence and wellness, and provides assistance to seniors. Call (415) 281-0800 or visit www.openhouse-sf.org.
FCA’s Camp for Caring is a weekend retreat for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke or a related disorder. Caregivers are given the opportunity to have 48 hours of respite while their loved one enjoys a two-night stay with trained staff, an around-the-clock nurse, and volunteers in a one-on-one, noninstitutional, scenic Bay Area setting. Activities include arts and crafts, singing and dancing, low-impact exercises, group games, and socializing. Persons who are frail, incontinent, noncommunicative or non-ambulatory are welcome to participate. Our next camp is scheduled for October 4-6, 2002. For more information or to find out how you can volunteer at this or future camps, please call Jennifer Hull at (800) 445-8106.
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