VCAAA Announces Opening of New Family Caregiver Resource Center
Ventura, Calif. – The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) has opened the ¡La Buena Vida! Centro de Recursos para Cuidadores Familiares, a resource center designed specifically for family caregivers, to serve all residents of Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru, as well as monolingual Spanish speaking families throughout Ventura County.
¡La Buena Vida! Centro de Recursos para Cuidadores Familiares provides an accessible one-stop formal walk-in center that serves unpaid family caregivers of older adults with support, such as information, resources, and services to alleviate the high stress levels experienced by caregivers. These services are provided regardless of income level. Additional services include free medical equipment, home modifications such as grab bars, assistive devices such as walkers and shower chairs, in-home respite care, and connecting caregivers to Spanish-language support groups, trainings, and social services. The program also has a library full of information and resources related to family caregiving needs.
“The goal of the VCAAA is to provide clients with the opportunity to safely and securely maintain as much independence and dignity in their home environment as possible,” said Victoria Jump, Director of the VCAAA. “¡La Buena Vida! Centro de Recursos para Cuidadores Familiares
is designed to do just that by providing a continuum of care for vulnerable older adults.”
The services of ¡La Buena Vida! Centro de Recursos para Cuidadores Familiares, which were previously provided through the Oasis Catholic Charities program based out of Santa Paula, are immediately available to qualifying residents of Ventura County. For more information, please call (805) 477-7300 or visit www.vcaaa.org.
The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, an agency of the County of Ventura, is the principal agency in Ventura County charged with the responsibility to promote the development and implementation of a comprehensive coordinated system of care that enables older individuals, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers to live in a community-based setting and to advocate for the needs of those 60 years of age and older in the county, as well as individuals with disabilities, providing leadership and promoting citizen involvement in the planning process as well as in the delivery of services.