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.
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:
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.
Santa Barbara County Adult & Aging Network
Area Agency on Aging – Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Community Action Commission
Community Counseling and Education Center
Community Partners in Caring
City of Lompoc – DeWees Senior Center
Life Steps Foundation
Lompoc Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation
Partners in Caring Foundation
Santa Barbara County Adult Services
Santa Barbara County Public Health
Santa Barbara Parkinson’s Association
Rona Barrett Foundation
Solvang Friendship House
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care