FCA WINS AWARD AS INNOVATOR IN CAREGIVING
SAN FRANCISCO--The National Council on the Aging has awarded Family Caregiver Alliance its Innovations in Independent Living 1997 Caregiving Award. The award is one of six offered nationally.
According to NCOA, the Innovations Awards "recognize ongoing programs and services that exemplify the best caregiving programs in the country…. The overarching purpose is to create awareness about the often underserved population of caregivers and really address their needs." We hope that other states will look at the program and create similar ones," said officials from NCOA. The award carries with it a grant for $4,000. Pfizer, Inc. is a co-sponsor of the awards.
Family Caregiver Alliance is the lead agency in California's statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers for families of adults with brain impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and stroke. FCA also serves as the Caregiver Resource Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering information, education and support services to the thousands of families providing long-term care at home. As part of its information services, FCA operates a website at www.caregiver.org, which offers a broad range of information and online services.
FCA Executive Director Kathleen Kelly said, "We are delighted to be recognized for innovation in the field of caregiving. Since our inception 20 years ago, we have put our energies into developing cost-effective services that truly benefit family caregivers. We appreciate this honor from NCOA and Pfizer and will use the award to continue our model support services."
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