Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) offers services to family caregivers of adults with chronic and disabling conditions or diseases. With a team of highly-qualified, professional staff, SCRC supports families through a full range of programs and services.
To be eligible for services, a client must be assisting/caring for an adult with a cognitive impairing condition that occurred after the age of 18 (for example: dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease), or someone age 60 years and older in need of assistance with daily living activities. Services are for residents of San Diego and Imperial counties.
All services come at no cost to the family caregiver. Both home and office visits are available by appointment. Click on any of the following services to learn more:
For additional information about any of our services, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (858) 268-4432 or (800) 827-1008.
SCRC provides information on chronic and disabling conditions and diseases, aging, caregiving issues and community resources. SCRC also has an extensive caregiver resource library containing numerous fact sheets, books and DVDs.
Family Consultation/Case Management Services
SCRC’s professional staff works with families and caregivers to provide support, alleviate stress, examine options and enable them to make decisions relating to the care of adults. SCRC also helps identify existing and potential services to assist caregivers in coping and meeting their needs, as well as the needs of care recipients. SCRC’s Family Consultants provide an assessment of caregiver needs (in home or our office), short and long-term care planning, and ongoing consultation.
SCRC can fund respite services to relieve caregivers of the stresses of constant care. Respite is designed to provide care to a loved one for a brief period of time so the caregiver has the opportunity for relief and rest. This service may be provided in the individual’s home, or in an out-of-home setting such as a day care center or assisted living facility. SCRC contracts with select, professional agencies/facilities to provide this service.
SCRC offers up to six (6) one-hour individual counseling sessions to caregivers seeking emotional support, skill development and helpful strategies to better cope with their caregiving situation. SCRC has licensed clinicians and staff in the process of licensure that provide this service.
SCRC staff can consult with clients on the various legal and financial issues related to caring for an adult. This may include planning for eligibility for public assistance programs, understanding Advance Healthcare Directives and Powers of Attorney, and identifying issues that the client may want to raise with an attorney. If it is felt that a client would benefit from consultation with an attorney or other professional, he/she may be referred to a qualified attorney or legal service provider. Professional legal assistance can help caregivers with a variety of issues including estate planning (trusts, wills, and qualification for MediCal), conservatorships, durable powers of attorney, patient’s rights and insurance issues.
Education and Training
SCRC provides education and training on a variety of issues related to caregiving. SCRC’s professional staff can organize education for groups of caregivers and community professionals. SCRC can also provide CEUs for professionals as appropriate. SCRC staff can provide education and training at a variety of settings including community support groups, corporations/small and large businesses, churches, assisted living facilities, large and small community events – just to name a few. If you or someone you know is interested in our current educational offerings, click here. To inquire about having SCRC customize a training for your group or organization, call Martha Rañón, Director of Education & Outreach, at (858) 268-4432. To see a full list of the available training topics, click here.
REACH and CALMA are a FREE educational series offered to family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Southern Caregiver Resource Center, in partnership with San Ysidro Health Center and North County Health Services offers REACH throughout the County of San Diego. REACH can help you learn more about memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, find helpful resources available in your community, help you better cope with your caregiving situation, learn stress management techniques, learn how to better care for yourself and your loved one and develop effective family communication skills. To learn more about our nationally-recognized REACH and CALMA programs and their impact in the community, please watch this video.
Operation Family Caregiver
Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) coaches the families of returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties that come with returning home. OFC is a personalized program, tailored specifically to the struggles of each family. Through proven methods, the program teaches military families the skills needed to best navigate their challenges, resulting in stronger and healthier families. The OFC program provides free and confidential support to the families of those who served our nation. Our specially trained coaches help military families learn how to overcome the obstacles they face and to manage any challenges that might come along. They work for community organizations, not the military, and will come to your home, or meet by phone/Skype, to customize a 16 -to -24 week program that is unique to your family. OFC services families in California and throughout the United States. To participate in this program, please contact us at (800) 827-1008 or email@example.com. For more information on OFC please visit www.operationfamilycaregiver.org.
Please watch this video to learn more about Operation Family Caregiver.
*Are you a Hidden Hero? To learn more about this program or to register please click here.
The SHARE program helps families manage the challenges of today, while preparing for the future by assisting care partners in understanding their chronic condition and care issues, decreasing stress and confusion surrounding care, educating on available resources in the community, and overcoming barriers to care now and in the future. SHARE Coaches guide families of persons with chronic conditions through either 6 in-person or 6 telephone sessions focused on providing information, education, and support. SHARE is a research study through the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, with funding from The Retirement Research Foundation, designed to provide information and resources to older adults living with chronic conditions not involving memory loss. To participate in the SHARE program, please contact us at (800) 827-1008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCRC offers a variety of Support Groups that meet monthly at various locations throughout San Diego County. These groups enable caregivers to share experiences and ideas to ease the stress of their caregiving role.