Free Respite Care Available for Unpaid Caregivers


Coast Caregiver Resource Center, a program of Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, has received a Family Caregiver Support Program grant from the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens Area Agency on Aging for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo  counties.


The grant provides brief respite (substitute care) for family members or friends who provide unpaid care to someone aged 60 or older who needs help with "Activities of Daily Living" (eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, walking or getting from bed to chair).  The grant can also provide respite for those providing unpaid care to an adult of any age with cognitive impairment.


Family members or friends providing care to older adults or adults of any age with cognitive impairment may be eligible.


 "Funds are targeted to those unpaid caregivers who need a break and wouldn't otherwise be able to pay for a substitute caregiver," said Mary Sheridan, director of Coast Caregiver Resource Center.


Those interested in applying for respite should contact a family consultant at the Coast Caregiver Resource Center by calling 962-3600 ext. 14, or sending an e-mail to:


Coast Caregiver Resource Center provides information and support to unpaid caregivers of adults with any kind of brain impairment, as well as providing respite care for unpaid caregivers of older adults.



Contact: Mary Sheridan

Coast Caregiver Resource Center

(805) 962-3600 x 11

 April 6, 2010