Family Caregiver Resources

Local Organizations

  • HICAP-The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – North Bay HICAP the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program provides objective information to help seniors and persons with disabilities in Marin County on Medicare make good decisions about their health care coverage.  CALL:  1-800-434-0222
  • Choices for Living – A comprehensive housing resource guide, includes a listing of all older adult housing options, including independent, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Marin County.

  • Institute on Aging  – The Institute on Aging (IOA) is a Non-profit organization offering counseling, psychiatric services, senior case management, home care and personal assistance, fiduciary/money management, bill paying and geriatric assessment services.   Marin County Call – (415)750-4111.   San Francisco Call – (415) 750-4111
  • California Veteran’s Homes (Cal Vets) – The mission of the CalVet Homes is “to provide the state’s aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential, and medical care and services in a home-like environment.” This mission acknowledges the tremendous sacrifice California veterans have made and recognizes them for their noble service to our nation.

National Organizations

  • Benefits Check-Up – This website sponsored by the National Council on Aging is set up to help you find what state, federal and local government health and financial programs are available in your area.
  • Eldercare at Home – Sponsored by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging, you will find nearly 30 articles excerpted from their book “Eldercare At Home”. Although not specific to end of life care, these articles cover many common issues including physical problems, mental/social problems and caregiving techniques and strategies. Each one is organized so that it explains the problem, describes what you can do to at home, and highlights when you need to seek professional help.
  • Medline Plus – Caregivers – This resource is loaded with information to help a caregiver with coping, specific conditions, aging-related issues and financial issues. It also offers a section on aging research, dictionaries and glossaries related to aging.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance –  This site offers information and resources for those family members caring for loved ones.
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Testimonials

 Eldercare Specialists 

“Helping Older Adults Manage the Challenges of Aging”

Eldercare Specialists provides caring case management services,  solutions, counseling and consulting to support families and older adults as they age and are faced with health issues, dementia, depression or psychological changes. Our geriatric care managers ensure our clients have the best services and professionals to optimize their health and quality of life at home, in assisted living or skilled nursing.


Testimonials

I became a client of Eldercare Specialists when I learned my mother had severe aortic stenosis and was in need of a value replacement within the next 6 months and she didn’t want surgery. My mother said she was ready to “go.” I wanted to honor her wishes, yet also make sure she was ready. I reached out to Eldercare Specialists for a consultation initially. They were professional, caring, knowledgeable and compassionate. They offered a wide array of services. They met with my mom to assess her readiness and discovered she was largely afraid of the surgery vs. desiring to pass. The geriatric care manager provided healthcare advocacy to secure a second opinion from a highly regarded specialist.  The care managers helped get my mom’s wishes documented and made sure her durable power of attorney for healthcare and other legal documents matched her wishes.  Eldercare Specialists was able identify the best cardiac surgery facility, advised us on skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities and ultimately on getting cardiac rehab. I’m delighted with the services and to say my mom has received her cardiac rehab “certificate of completion” and she is back to her normal active self. I highly recommend them and would use them again in a heartbeat.   I have been asked “What is a care manager?”.  My response is they are healthcare professionals that provide the support and expertise needed to help manage our parents care.

Carmen A.