“There are only four kinds of people in the world
Those who have been caregivers,
Those who are currently caregivers,
Those who will be caregivers,
And those who will need caregivers.”
One of the core programs of North Coast Opportunities is the Redwood Caregiver Resource Center (RCRC). RCRC helps families and communities master the challenges of caring for adults with chronic and disabling conditions.
More than 30 years ago, a small task force of families and community leaders in San Francisco came together to create support services for those struggling to provide long-term care for a loved one who did not “fit” into traditional health systems. This included adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury and other debilitating disorders. The diagnoses were different, but families shared common challenges of isolation, lack of information, few community resources, and drastic changes in family roles.
RCRC was formed in 1985 to provide information and assistance to families and caregivers of adults with brain impairments due to injury or disease, as well as to the caregivers of the frail elderly. Funding comes from the California Department of Mental Health, grants, fees for services, and gifts from our generous donors. All services are free or low cost.
The program serves unpaid family caregivers of adults living with a neurocognitive disorder such as: Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, brain tumors or brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, and any family member over 60 years old that needs help with activities of daily living.
RCRC operates by utilizing trained family consultants who help families understand the meaning of a diagnosis and will develop a personal plan of action which best suits the family’s caregiving needs. After a family consultation, additional services may also be offered such as individual and group support, legal consultations, and respite care.
When it helps just to talk, RCRC is there to listen to caregivers. Sometimes it’s one-on-one and in other cases it’s a group of people coping with similar concerns. To help caregivers share experiences and ideas to ease the stress of caregiving, RCRC offers counseling sessions, specialized classes, and support groups led by professionals in a supportive environment.
RCRC also offers personal consultation with attorneys experienced in estate and financial matters, conservatorships, powers of attorney, eligibility for government programs and other benefits.
RCRC helps families locate appropriate respite care for a loved one. Limited financial assistance may be offered to help with the expense of in-home aids, daycare, overnight care, weekend respite or transportation.
Program Director Nancy Powers-Stone explains, “Chronic illness and disability affects the whole family system. Long-term caregiving is challenging and can cause great turmoil and sadness within even the most resilient of families. RCRC offers services and support for caregivers throughout their entire caregiving journey.”
For more information please contact Program Director – Nancy Powers-Stone via email or call 707-542-0282.