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:
Generational demographics impact society in dramatic ways. While caregiving has always been critical for vulnerable populations, demand for care is projected to reach new heights in the years ahead as the number of older people increases. The Santa Barbara Foundation and the Area Agency on Aging believe this is a challenge we can embrace and solve. That’s why we’re bringing Santa Barbara County together to find ways to strengthen family caregivers and ensure that key community institutions support and recognize their important contributions.
Community Caregiving Initiative Grants are available to pilot, develop, and bolster new projects and programs that build community capacity and systems for caregiver support—including work supported through this grant opportunity in the past two years. Competitive projects will address identified gaps and opportunities in existing services, exchanges, and connections that increase caregiver resiliency and competency.
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