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Caregiver Services

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For more information on resources available through Coast Caregiver, please call (805) 569-8950. Our offices are located at 2415 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA. 

Caring for a loved one with a cognitive disorder or another disabling condition forever changes the lives of family and caregivers. There can be devastating effects on those providing long-term care at home: financial pressures, legal quandaries, health problems, and emotional turmoil. Coast Caregiver has several resources and support groups that can assist families in their time of need.

Coast Caregiver Resource Center

CCRC provides family and other unpaid caregivers with meaningful information, referral, consultation, and other support, enabling them to provide competent care to their loved ones at home. CCRC serves as a point of entry to services available to unpaid caregivers to ease the tremendous burden shouldered by families providing long-term care.

In particular, CCRC helps families through:

  • Short- and long-term care planning
  • Problem-solving consultations
  • Specialized information on caregiving issues, impact of diagnosis, care options, and appropriate community resources
  • Short-term counseling
  • Training and retreats for caregivers
  • Support groups
  • Respite (substitute) care

Caregiver Counseling

Caregiver Counseling may be for you if you are an unpaid caregiver of an older adult, or of an adult of any age with cognitive impairment, and are struggling with any of the following:

  • Stress, fatigue and unrelenting demands
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Controlling frustration
  • Dementia-related behaviors
  • Difficulties speaking with doctors
  • Communicating with other family members
  • Conflict about caregiving at home vs. in a facility
  • Recovering from a loved one’s stroke
  • Your loved one nearing the end of life

Coast Caregiver Resource Center has in-house and community counselors available to help.

  • Call (805) 805-569-8950
  • Toll Free outside of Santa Barbara (888) 488-6555, ext. 14
  • E-Mail: info@coastcrc.org

  • Address: 2415 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA

Or contact your family consultant directly:

  • Alyce Crawford (San Luis Obispo) (805) 534-9234
  • Ericka Dixon (Santa Barbara County) (805) 962-3600 x 13

Free Respite (Substitute) Care Available for Unpaid Caregivers

If you are a family or friend caregiver in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo county in need of short term substitute care and are unable to pay privately, we may be able to help.

Short-term respite is available to unpaid family or friend caregivers who provide care for:

  • An adult of any age who requires supervision due to cognitive impairment, or
  • An adult aged 60 or older who requires assistance with two or more activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, walking or transferring to/from bed or chair)

Funds are targeted to those unpaid caregivers who need a break and wouldn't otherwise be able to pay for a substitute caregiver.

For further information, or to make a referral, please contact Coast Caregiver Resource by calling (805) 569-8950, or sending an e-mail to: info@coastcrc.org.

Caregiver Support Groups

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For more information on resources available through Coast Caregiver Resource Center, call (805) 569-8950

Coast Caregiver Resource Center Support Groups provide educational, emotional and social support for caregivers. Caregivers learn strategies and skills to solve problems; to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health; and to provide the best care they can for those who are dependent upon them.

Support group meetings are held in a variety of venues in the Tri-Counties and offered at no charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Stroke/Brain Injury Support Group

For family or friend caregivers of those recovering from stroke and other brain injury.

Project Re-entry, a weekly community reintegration and socialization program for stroke survivors, is held every Friday in an adjoining room from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Please contact Therapeutic Recreation at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, (805) 569-8999 ext. 82101 for more information about Project Re-Entry.

When: 3rd Friday of the month 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital
Meisel Conference Room 1-2
2415 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara
For more information: (805) 962-3600 ext. 13

Support Group for Caregivers of those with Neurological Impairment

For family or friend caregivers of those recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other serious brain damage.

The group helps caregivers develop methods and skills to solve problems and encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for an adult with neurological impairment.

Sponsored by Coast Caregiver Resource Center. Funds provided by Area Agency on Aging and California Department of Health Care Services

When 1st Wednesday of the month 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where The Villages at the Palms
Exercise Room
55 North Broad Street
San Luis Obispo
Facilitator Alyce Crawford
CCRC Family Consultant
534-9234

Ventura Caregiver Support Group

This support group is open to all family members caring for loved ones.

The meeting room varies according to availability. Look for a goldenrod flyer taped to the door. The group occasionally has speakers requested by group members.

Co-sponsored with Community Memorial Hospital, and Alzheimer’s Association of the Central Coast.

When 2nd Friday of the month 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where Community Memorial Hospital, 8th floor, 147 North Brent Street
Ventura
Facilitator Carolyn Kopp
CCRC Family Consultant
(805) 492-0601

Conejo Valley Stroke Support Group

Meetings are for stroke survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends. Attendees meet all together for about 30 minutes, and then separate in two rooms for the last hour, when there are two facilitators, one for survivors and one for caregivers.

Co-sponsored with Los Robles Hospital and Southern California Stroke Association.

When 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Where Los Robles Hospital
East Campus, Cafeteria
150 Via Merida
Westlake Village
Facilitator Carolyn Kopp
CCRC Family Consultant
(805) 492-0601

Richard Randall
Coordinator
(805) 498-2632

Alzheimer's / Dementia Caregivers Support Group

Support group for all caregivers of those with dementia.

Supervised socialization of the person with dementia provided in adjoining room.

Co-sponsored with Alzheimer’s Association of the Central Coast

When 3rd Thursday of the month 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Where First Baptist Church
Activity Building
1900 Los Osos Valley Road
Los Osos
Facilitator Alyce Crawford
CCRC Family Consultant
534-9234

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

Facilitated meetings for family caregivers caring for a loved one with any kind of dementia. 

Co-sponsored with Alzheimer’s Association of the Central Coast

Hosted by Belmont Village Assisted Living

For information call facilitator Carolyn Kopp, MS, Family Consultant: 805-492-0601

When 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where Belmont Village Assisted Living
(fourth floor Day Care Room)
3680 North Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Facilitator Carolyn Kopp, MS
CCRC Family Consultant
805-492-0601

Directions: Belmont Village is located just north of Olson Road on the east side of Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. The meetings are held on the fourth floor. Ask the concierge at the door for directions to the room.

Santa Maria Huntington's Disease Support Group

For those living with Huntington’s Disease, their family members, and friends.

The group provides information, emotional support, and a social network for those living with Huntington’s, and their family members and friends. Separate “Break-out” sessions for family caregivers and people with HD, allow for a safe environment to discuss separate issues facing caregivers and those diagnosed with HD.

Sponsored by Coast Caregiver Resource Center. Funds provided by Area Agency on Aging and California Department of Health Care Services When 2nd Monday of the month Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Where Bethel Lutheran Church
624 East Camino Colegio
Santa Maria
Facilitator Ericka Dixon, LCSW
CCRC Family Consultant
962-3600 ext. 13
(Toll free 888-488-6555)

Melissa Biliardi
HD Advocate
(805) 934-9614

Caregivers of Parkinson's Support Group

This support group provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. The group helps caregivers develop methods and skills to solve problems and encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for a loved one with Parkinson's Disease.

Sponsored by Coast Caregiver Resource Center. Funds provided by Area Agency on Aging and California Department of Health Care Services

When Last Wednesday of the month 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Where Arroyo Grande
Call 534-9234 for exact location
FREE