Caregiving Initiative

What are the chances that YOU will be a caregiver or need a caregiver? Almost 100%. In fact, unpaid family caregiving is so common it makes the caregivers themselves easy to ignore, to the detriment of their health and happiness.

The Community Caregiving Initiative (CCI) develops and supports on-the-ground service networks for the county’s 70,000+ unpaid caregivers, who provide 87% of long-term care, yet are more or less invisible to the community and even to themselves.

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Strengthening Families on the Journey of Caring

While caregiving provides rewards, it also exacts a toll. Over 50% of caregivers spend forty hours or more per week on care. Caregivers are in poorer health than non-caregivers, twice as likely to suffer from serious stress, and well over half of them lack confidence to do all the necessary tasks of their role. We want to equip these invisible heroes to provide care and care for themselves.

Working with a broad range of service providers, CCI supports caregivers and connects community organizations by:

  • Integrating the Caregiver as a Medical Team Member
  • Broadening Access to Therapy for Caregivers
  • Encouraging Self-Identification and Engagement
  • Increasing the Effectiveness of Lay Health Workers
  • Increasing Support for Caregivers of Medically Fragile Patients and those with Dementia
  • Connecting and Educating Families of Alzheimer’s Patients
  • Helping Caregivers Visualize their Caregiving

CCI Community

Historically, services for caregivers have been somewhat disjointed and hard to find. These partners are building a network with CCI to make sure that services are available and easy to find and use.

Community Caregiving Initiative Grantees




Community Caregiving Initiative Partners

Santa Barbara County Adult & Aging Network

Antioch University

Area Agency on Aging – Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens

Atterdag Village

Community Action Commission

Community Counseling and Education Center

Community Partners in Caring

City of Lompoc – DeWees Senior Center

Friendship Center

Life Steps Foundation

Lompoc Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Partners in Caring Foundation

Sansum Clinic

Santa Barbara County Adult Services

Santa Barbara County Public Health

Santa Barbara Parkinson’s Association

Rona Barrett Foundation

Solvang Friendship House

Valley Haven

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care


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