Free Caregiver Support Groups and Educational Seminars
The Adult Day Services Center at WISE & Healthy Aging provides free emotional support, information, and referral to community resources for those caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke. These support groups are open to the community. Enrollment requires initial phone consultation with our group facilitator. Center staff will provide care for your loved one at no cost during the time of the support group meeting (applies to daytime sessions only). Please call (310) 394-9871 for more information.
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 10:30 a.m. – Noon
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 5 – 6:30 pm
Mental Health Services for Caregivers
In addition to physical health issues, some caregivers also face mental and emotional issues. WISE & Healthy Aging provides a variety of well-being support for caregivers. These services include:
- Caregiver Support Groups Being responsible for the care of another person can be stressful. WISE & Healthy Aging also offers support groups for caregivers through its Peer Counseling Program. For more information, call (310) 394-9871, ext. 373.
- In-Home Psychotherapy To be eligible for these services, the client must be 55 years of age or older and be MediCal eligible, uninsured or under-insured. Clients with Medicare only may be eligible. (Clients who have Medicare and a medigap insurance plan or who have Medicare HMO coverage are not eligible.)
- Mental Health Services These services for caregivers include individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy. The services offer also include psychosocial assessment and testing, psychiatric consultation, care management and management of medications. Crisis intervention is also available. For more information on these services, call (310) 394-9871, ext. 211.
- Peer Counseling This renowned program uses intensively trained volunteer seniors to counsel individuals, couples or families. Each counselor receives ongoing supervision in counseling. For an appointment, call (310) 394-9871, ext. 373.
How to Select a Long-Term Care Facility
Selecting a long-term care facility so that it is the best fit for the person who will be living there and for the family is an important decision. A safe, well-managed long-term care facility with the necessary services will present fewer problems over the long term.
It can be especially helpful to think about long-term care before a crisis occurs. This allows time for discussions with healthcare providers, family members and financial advisers.
How to Approach the Selection Process for Long-Term Care
Going through the following steps will help make the many options and decisions regarding long-term care clearer:
Decide what you need. Consult with the senior’s primary physician to determine the level of care that is needed. The following questions will help guide the process:
- What type of assistance is needed?
- Is assistance needed for activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, etc?
- Is assistance needed with activities such as shopping, housework, meal preparation or bill paying?
- Is assistance needed with health care activities such as remembering to take medicines, diabetes monitoring, getting oxygen, etc.?
- Are there location issues to be considered?
Research care choices. There are many types of long-term care and living choices for older people. A nursing home is not the only option for long-term care. Ways in which you can get information about the available options include: your doctor, your local social service agencies or hospitals or online databases. Online sources of information about long-term care solutions include: Research options for paying for long-term care. Talk to your financial advisor about financing long-term care. A discussion of various options can be found in the Paying for Long-Term Care section of the Medicare web site
- California Registry is a state licensed, free referral agency for seniors and their families. Founded in 1939, it provides care options, counseling, referrals and facility evaluations free of charge. They have up-to-date information on more than 7,500 facilities in California. They also provide information by phone at (800) 777-7575.
- Home Health Compare, a Medicare database, which allows you to select home health agencies by location and services needed.
- Nursing Home Compare, another Medicare database, allows you to select nursing homes and compare their services.
- Nursing Home Guide created by the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform™ with in-depth information on the more than 1,400 nursing homes in California. The guide includes comparisons, violation information, staffing and services.
- Residential care is a project of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and provides information on assisted living or board and care facilities.
Identify your best options. Ways of doing this include asking friends and others who have experience with long-term care programs and services about their experiences. Call the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program office (go to the Contact Us section of this website).
Visit facilities and assess them using the WISE & Healthy Aging Ombudsman Program Nursing Home Checklist.