San Francisco is a GOOD place to be a caregiver!

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Four innovative SF agencies offer support, referrals and advice for families and friends caring for those with debilitating health conditions

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2013 – Families and caregivers in San Francisco have access to some of the most innovative programs in the country for help in caring for loved ones with chronic or disabling health conditions such as Alzheimer's, stroke and AIDS.

In a special outreach program just in time for Older Americans Month in May, the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services is helping to get the word out about these supportive services for caregivers.

These well-respected nonprofit organizations offer highly skilled staff, proven services and culturally diverse programs that focus specifically on caregivers' needs. Most services are free or low-cost.

  • Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) – For residents of the six-county San Francisco Bay Area, FCA serves as a point of entry to a range of supportive services: information, emotional support, consultation on care planning, links to community programs, legal/financial consultation, respite services, education and multi-lingual publications. (800) 445-8106 or
  • Kimochi provides culturally sensitive care for seniors primarily serving the Japanese-American community. Services include congregate nutrition, home-delivered meals, transportation, senior center activities, adult social day care, social services, caregiver support, respite care, in-home care. (415) 931-2294 or
  • Openhouse helps Bay Area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services, and community programs, including an HIV support group, health and wellness workshops, yoga, meditation, monthly discussion groups, cultural events, outings and a volunteer Friendly Visitors Program. (415) 296-8995 or
  • Self-Help for the Elderly – Initially a service in SF's Chinatown, Self Help serves seniors and caregivers in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties. Adult day services, bilingual (Chinese) homecare and hospice, employment training and placement, computer learning, activity centers, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), senior housing, social services. (415) 677-7600 or

Anne Hinton, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, said, "These four organizations are among the many wonderful groups that serve aging adults in the City, and offer caregivers tremendous help when they need information or are feeling overwhelmed. No one has to feel alone or isolated when they are caring for elderly or ill loved ones. We're glad to be able to spread the word about these outstanding programs."

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Media contact: Leah Eskenazi, Family Caregiver Alliance, (415) 434-3388 or email her.

Monday, April 15, 2013