For residents of the six county San Francisco Bay Area, FCA serves as a point of entry to specialized caregiver services: information, emotional support, consultation on care planning, links to community programs, legal/financial consultation, respite services, counseling, publications and educational programs. All services are free or low cost.
Information and Referral
- Information about a broad range of caregiving issues, including care for someone with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and strategies for taking care of yourself.
- Fact sheets, newsletters, reports and other publications on health conditions, care planning, legal issues and more. Many FCA publications are available in Spanish and Chinese.
- Referral to community programs such as daycare, support groups, home care, respite and more.
Free Family Consultation
- In-home assessment of your individual care situation.
- Information about our legal, education, counseling and respite services.
- Help with long-term planning.
- Referral to community and respite resources.
- Ongoing telephone support and consultation.
Education and Support
- FCA offers workshops and classes throughout the Bay Area on diverse caregiving topics such as understanding dementia behaviors, stress management, care planning, practical caregiving skills and more.
- Caregivers share ideas, resources and concerns in FCA-sponsored in-person or online support groups including a Spanish dementia support group in San Francisco. Online support groups include Link2Care; an LGBT group; HD/movement disorders group; and a general caregiving group. Call FCA or visit www.caregiver.org for more information.
- Inspiration and rejuvenation at special one day caregiver retreats throughout the Bay Area.
- www.caregiver.org. You can find FCA's publications, newsletters, online support groups and more, on our award-winning website.
- Link2Care. This is a secure password-protected dementia care website for our clients offering a caregiver discussion group, free access to health and legal experts, journal with guided exercises, and care-related articles.
- Learning Together. Sign up online to find out about up coming events, classes and workshops.
- Caregiving PolicyDigest. This bi-monthly e-newsletter focuses on public policy issues.
Who is eligible for FCA's services?
FCA works with families caring for someone with an adult-onset brain impairment such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's, MS, ALS, Huntington's disease, TBI, AIDS dementia and brain tumor, regardless of the care recipient's age. We also assist family caregivers of older adults (60 and older), regardless of diagnosis, in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Caregivers can be low, moderate or higher income. Our no- or low-cost services are partially funded by the California Department of Mental Health and five Area Agencies on Aging through the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Families, friends and caregivers also donate to Family Caregiver Alliance to help us continue our services. Services are available to caregivers regardless of race, ancestry, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, income or age.
How do I contact FCA?
You should know that it is neither selfish nor a sign of weakness to need support and information about caregiving. You can call us at (800) 445-8106 or reach us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Family Consultant will speak with you about your caregiving situation, provide emotional support, and offer information about community programs, such as daycare and support groups. If you wish, you can ask to meet with an FCA Family Consultant (Family Consultants have master's degrees in social work or gerontology) for an in-depth home assessment and care planning session, including referral to our other services. FCA is a nonprofit organization; all services are free or low-cost.
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