Day Break II Respite and Caregiver Support Services, a special program run through Catholic Charities of San Jose for Asian family members caring for an elderly loved one, allows elders to live at home for as long as possible. Services offered include adult day programs for elders with and without dementia, case management and support groups. Bilingual volunteers provide in-home respite and escorted transportation services. Asian families residing in Santa Clara County, particularly Chinese and Vietnamese families, are encouraged to contact the program at (408) 282-1134.
Through the Looking Glass provides free and sliding- scale services to Bay Area families with a disabled child or disabled parent. Services are also available to parents with cognitive impairments caused by neuromuscular diseases, strokes, or brain injuries. Home-based services offered include parent/child assessments, use of adaptive strategies and assistive equipment. Emotional support resources include counseling, family therapy and support groups. The program also runs a National Resource Center for Disabled Parents, which publishes a newsletter and facilitates a parent-to-parent network available nationwide. Call (510) 848-1112 or visit www.lookingglass.org.
Center for Independence of the Disabled is a non-profit organization committed to assisting disabled adults and frail elders to live independently for as long as possible. The Center provides information on independent living skills, home modifications for safety purposes, benefits counseling and money management. The Center can match those needing a paid attendant with a homecare worker from the Center’s attendant registry of screened homecare workers. Grocery shopping and delivery is also available to homebound individuals. The Center charges a one-time only registration fee of $10.00. Residents of San Mateo County may call (650) 595-0783; residents of other Bay Area counties should contact their individual center for information on available services in their area. For Northern Alameda County: Center for Independent Living, (510) 841-4776; Southern Alameda County: Community Resources for Independent Living, (510) 881-5743; Contra Costa County: Independent Living Resource, (925) 363-7293; Santa Clara County: Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, (408) 894-9041; San Francisco County: Independent Living Resource Center of SF, (415) 543-6222; Marin County: Marin Center for Independent Living, (415) 459-6245.
New Leaf Outreach to Elders offers a range of social services specifically for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual elders over the age of 60 who reside in San Francisco. Services include information and referral; social work assessment; friendly visits; support/discussion groups; a bi-weekly lunch program; social and recreational events and a monthly newsletter. New Leaf also has a multidisciplinary team of licensed therapists and a psychiatrist to assist elders with depression and medication management issues. Call (415) 255-2937 or visit www.newleafservices.org
Openhouse (formerly Rainbow Adult Community Housing) is a nonprofit organization committed to creating and sustaining mixed income senior housing and related services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in San Francisco. For information, call (415) 296-8995 or visit www.openhouse-sf.org.
FLEX Shuttle is a free paratransit service offered by the City of San Leandro. The shuttle serves residents over the age of 60 who are unable to drive or use regular public transportation and need transport within San Leandro. Two types of shuttle services are offered: a shuttle bus with a fixed route and curb-to-curb service for pick-up and drop-off at a specific location. Curb-to-curb services are by appointment only and for seniors 75 years or older. Both services are provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In July, service expands to five days per week. For more information, call the City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services office, (510) 577-3462.
Crossroads Bereavement Program regularly offers a free daylong grief workshop that assists individuals in understanding and dealing with the experience of loss. The workshop includes group sharing, discussion, meditation, art, music and creating ceremonies that remember and honor the deceased. Participants bring a brown bag lunch and Crossroads provides beverages and desserts. Preregistration is required and group size is limited. Call Karen Geiger, Bereavement Coordinator, (415) 682-2111.
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley provides support and services to residents of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Sunol who are aged 60 and over. The program helps seniors maintain health, safety and independence in their homes and in the community. Services include case management, health screenings, in-home counseling, home care attendant registries, respite, support groups, friendly visitors, a senior alcohol/drug program, and a nutritional and activity program. Call (925) 931-5379.
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