Caregivers responsible for taking care of family members often work a full time job as well. This can leave them struggling to balance time between work and the loved one that needs regular care. San Diego offers numerous resources that can help caregivers better manage the situation, from support groups for assistance, to a care management coordinator, and even respite care.
The County of San Diego offers a Health and Human Services Agency, responsible for providing a range of services to elderly community members and their family that takes care of them. Caregivers who take care of a family member over the age of 60 are accommodated. The agency also helps grandparents responsible for taking care of their grandchildren. Multiples services are provided as needed:
• Care Management Plan
• Support Groups
• Respite Care
• Minor Home Modification (providing grab bars, railings, and safety checks)
• Comprehensive Assessment
• Grandparent Caregiver Support
Voluntary contributions are welcomed, as services provided through this National program are free. Applicants can call (800) 827-1008 to speak to someone at the Southern Caregiver Resource Center.
The Southern Caregiver Resource Center provides access to support groups that are facilitated by professionals. The groups are free of charge, and meet on an ongoing basis. Participants can come as needed, whenever their schedule permits. There is a regular group held at the SCRC itself. There are two sessions each month, on the second and fourth Thursdays. Both sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. To join the group, caregivers may call (858) 268-4432. The extension is 106 to speak to the group’s facilitator.
Clairemont Lutheran Church hosts a group on the second and fourth Wednesdays. It runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The MSW Family Consultant can be reached at (858) 268-4432, EXT. 105.
On the first and third Thursday of each month, The Remington Club I of Rancho Bernardo holds meetings. They last an hour and a half, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The same number can be called a previously stated, with EXT. 102. This allows caregivers to speak directly to the group’s coordinator, Jocelyn Merino.
The Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California, which is just a 15 minute drive from San Diego, offers a Caregiving at Home Class. It discusses the physical aspects of caregiving. Both family members and paid caregivers can attend the class for free. The class teaches:
• home care basics
• body mechanics
• personal care
• avoiding injury while providing care (particularly during transfers)
A registered nurse instructs the class, ensuring they receive training on the proper techniques and safest care routines. The class is held from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays at the Briar Patch Building F of Sharp Grossmont, Rooms 13 and 14. To join the class, caregivers can call (1-800) 827-4277 and sign-up for their session.
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