Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
DIETARY ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES (DASS)
This program provides centralized dietary services including food service oversight at food production locations, menu development, in-service training, and technical assistance for AAA nutrition service providers. DASS also provides nutrition education for Congregate Meals and Home Delivered Meals participants.
For services, call (800) 510-2020
FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM (FCSP)
Who are the eligible caregivers under the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP)?
FAMILY CAREGIVER: An adult (age 18 or older) family member or another individual who provides unpaid care to an older individual (age 60 or older) or to an individual of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
GRANDPARENT OR OLDER INDIVIDUAL WHO IS A RELATIVE CAREGIVER: A grandparent, step-grandparent, or other relative (age 55 or older) who cares for a child related by blood, marriage, or adoption. This caregiver must be living with the child and identified as the primary caregiver through a legal or informal arrangement.
The following Service Categories are provided under FCSP:
- Information Services
- Access Assistance
- Support Services
- Respite Care Services
- Supplemental Services
1. Information Services provide public information on caregiving and/or community education on caregiving, including information about available services.
- Public Information on Caregiving is designed to provide information about available FCSP services and other caregiver support resources and services.
- Community Education on Caregiving is designed to educate the community and community groups of current or potential caregivers and those who may provide them with assistance about available Family Caregiver Support Program and other caregiver support resources and services.
2. Access Assistance services provide caregiver information assistance and caregiver legal resources:
Information and Assistance services provide caregivers with information on services available within the communities and link caregivers to the services and opportunities that are available within the communities. Through the Traditional Legal Assistance Program (TLAP), caregivers are provided with one-on-one guidance by an attorney (or individual under the supervision of an attorney) in the use of legal resource and services when dealing with caregiver-related legal issues.
For Information and Assistance on caregiving, please call the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging Information and Assistance (800) 510-2020
3. Support Services for caregivers include the following services:
Caregiver Assessment is conducted by trained and experienced case managers/counselors to assess caregiver’s needs. A plan is developed which will identify type and duration of services to address those needs.
- Caregiver Counseling provides information, referral, education, and individual counseling to family members caring for an older loved one. Services are conducted by trained and experience case managers/counselors that deliver a level of counseling services that is appropriate for the client. Counseling may range from guidance on the responsibilities and role of the caregiver to therapy for stress, depression, and loss. Services may involve the caregivers informal support system and may also include individual direction sessions and/or telephone consultations.
- Caregiver Support Group is provided to a group of 3-12 caregivers that is led by an experienced facilitator. Group sessions are conducted at least once a month within a supportive setting. Sessions may also be moderated online or teleconference. The purpose of the group share experiences and ideas to ease the stress of caregiving and improve decision making and problem solving skills related to caregiving roles. There is great strength in knowing your are not alone.
- Caregiver Training consists of workshops or one-on-one individually tailored sessions. Sessions are conducted either in person or electronically by a skilled trainer. Training assist caregivers in developing the skills and gaining the knowledge necessary to meet and develop their caregiving roles. Trainers generally address the areas of health, nutrition, and financial responsibility. Caregivers will earn a variety of self-care tools and strategies to reduce your stress, communicate more effectively with family and healthcare providers, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions.
- Case Management service are designed to assess the needs, monitor, and coordinate the services provided to caregivers who are finding it hard to care for themselves due to mental impairment or temporary severe stress and/or depression.
4. Respite Care means a brief period of relief or rest from caregiving responsibilities. Respite is provided to caregivers on an intermittent, occasional, or emergency basis. Respite is available to suit the individual needs and preferences of the caregivers and those they care for. This services is provided to a caregivers who cares for an individual with two or more activities of daily living limitations or a cognitive impairment. It is also provided to a caregiver or a care receiver who is the grandparent or older adult relative caring for a child.
Examples of Temporary Respite Care:
- Intermittent – Time off a few hours, once a week, for a limited time to give the caregiver a planned or unscheduled break.
- Occasional – Time off for the caregiver to attend a special event.
- Emergency – Extended break to address circumstance such as caregiver emotional stress or hospitalization and recovery.
Respite In-Home Supervision is a temporary respite care that includes friendly visiting in order to prevent wandering and health or safety incidents.
Respite Homemaker Assistance is a temporary respite care that includes assistance with meal preparation, medication management, using the phone, and/or light housework. This service is provided with care receiver supervision.
Respite In-Home Personal Care is a temporary respite care that includes assistance with eating, bathing, toileting, transferring, and/or dressing. This service is provided with care receiver supervision and related homemaker assistance by an appropriately skilled provider.
Respite Home Chore is a temporary respite care that includes caregiver assistance with heavy housework, yard work, and/or sidewalk and other routine home maintenance (but not structural repairs) associated with caregiving responsibilities.
Respite Out-of-Home Day is a temporary respite care where the care receiver attends a supervised/protective, congregate setting during some portion of a day, and includes assess to social and recreational activities.
5. Supplemental Services are offered on limited bases to help a caregiver and strengthen their caregiving efforts. Supplemental Services for caregivers include the following services.
- Assistive Devices for Caregiving may involve the purchase, rental and/or service fee of any equipment or product system (ranging from a lift chair or bathtub transfer bench to an emergency alert fall prevention device) that will facilitate and enhance the caregiving role.
- Home Adaptations for Caregiving makes any minor or major physical change to the home in order to facilitate and enhance the caregiving role (ranging from installation of grab bars or replacement of door handles to construction of an entrance ramp or roll-in-shower).
- Caregiving Service Registry is a listing of dependable, qualified self-employed homemaker or respite care workers who may be matched with caregivers willing to utilize personal resources to pay for assistance with their caregiving responsibilities. Both the caregiver and the self-employed worker will be advised about appropriate compensation, performance expectations, and follow-up to ensure the match is functioning effectively.
HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING & ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP)
Supported by trained volunteers, HICAP provides community education and counseling assistance with Medicare and related health insurance issues through advocacy or legal representation. For individuals who are home bound, in-home consultation is also available.
Center for Health Care Rights
520 S. Lafayette Park Place, Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA 90057
For services, call (800) 510-2020
TRADITIONAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Traditional Legal Assistance Program is provided to individuals 60 years of age or older who have economic or social needs. This valuable service is provided by a member of the California State Bar or a non-attorney supervised by a member. Other services include consultation at senior center sites, in-home consultations with individuals confined to the home, and monthly community legal education seminars at selected sites.
3250 Wilshire Blvd., 13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010