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 helps 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. Click on any of the following services to learn more:
For additional information about any of our services, contact us by email at email@example.com, 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.
Partners in Caring (PIC)
The Partners in Caring program offers a full range of services at no cost to family caregivers through a collaboration of agencies including Southern Caregiver Resource Center, The Alzheimer’s Association, The Glenner Memory Care Centers, Jewish Family Services, Elder Law and Advocacy, and Casa Familiar. Services include consultation/case management/care planning, counseling, support groups, respite, minor home modifications, legal consultation, caregiver training/community education and an intergenerational computer lab.
The CALMA and CUIDAR programs are evidence-based, educational series for Hispanic caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (based on the REACH model). Depending on client needs, classes are offered either in group settings with other caregivers or one-on-one in the client’s home. Classes are available in English and Spanish and focus on helping caregivers better cope with their caregiving situation, take better care of themselves, learn stress management techniques and develop effective family communication skills. To learn more about our nationally-recognized CALMA and CUIDAR programs and their impact in the community, please watch this video.
Operation Family Caregiver
Operation Family Caregiver is a specialized program targeting family caregivers of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) coupled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). San Diego is home to the largest population of military personnel in the nation, and more and more veterans are returning home with life-altering injuries. SCRC, in partnership with the VA Healthcare System, the San Diego Naval Medical Center and other key agencies, provides education and training to family caregivers of veterans and connects them to SCRC’s comprehensive caregiver support services and other available community resources.
SCRC offers eldercare alternatives to assist employers in meeting the needs of employees with caregiving responsibilities. Onsite support groups, resource fairs and personal consultation can be provided.
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.
Link 2 Care
SCRC offers a closed, secure Internet site offering information on every facet of caregiving including care planning assistance; medical, legal and financial advice; online support group; relevant articles; and an opportunity to “ask the expert.” This service is available 24 hours a day. Please contact SCRC at (858) 268-4432 or (800) 827-1008 to inquire about enrollment.
*This assistance is limited by the availability of funds and may have to be curtailed when designated budgets are exhausted.