Family Caregiver Support Program
The California Department of Aging, with funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging, contracts with 33 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to coordinate local community-service systems for assisting caregivers of seniors. Services are available to family and other unpaid caregivers supporting older individuals, as well as grandparents and older relatives caring for children. Each AAA is responsible for determining the array of services, including caregiver information, assistance in gaining access to services, counseling and training support, temporary respite, and limited supplemental services to complement the care provided by caregivers. Services are provided directly by AAA staff, or through partnerships with other public or private agencies.
The AAAs Information and Assistance (I&A) program provides accurate and up-to-date information about caregiver support programs and services available within the local community. The California Department of Aging supports a toll-free information line for use from anywhere in the state. Regardless of the area, the caller can dial 1-800-510-2020 (using a land-line phone) and be automatically connected with the local I&A service provider. If information is needed about other areas, the caller will be referred to service providers in those regions. The aging services network is committed to helping seniors remain in their own homes and maintain a high quality of life for as long as possible. California can only do this by supporting our primary resource for long term care the family caregiver.