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Caregiving Resources

Information for family caregivers and those caring for aging or chronically ill adults


​Be sure to discuss information gathered from these resources with your health care providers to see if it is relevant to your individual situation. Health and medical information accessed through these websites is not intended to substitute for or to replace the advice or instruction of a health care professional. 

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Local Resources   

On this page you will find links to local organizations and agencies that help older adults and family caregivers in Santa Clara County (or the Bay Area region in general). Also check out the Local Resources page of our Later Life Guide for links to county-wide resources for specific needs or topics.

Helplines, Advice, and Local Assistance

hotline call center

Legal Assistance:


Medicare & Medicaid:


Senior housing options:

Emergency Contacts


To get vital information quickly to EMTs and other emergency personnel, write down essential details - and then put it someplace easily seen in a crisis, like taped to the back of the front door or bedroom door. What details are essential? An excellent example is the Santa Clara County Fire Department's L.I.F.E. form.

Download and print a copy of the L.I.F.E. form, or pick up a printed copy that a can go on a refrigerator or a metal file cabinet, from the Santa Clara County Fire Department (see link for details).

If there is a list or form posted in the home, be sure to note its location under emergency information in their cell phone. See the box for Don't Forget the Phone! under Planning Care and Organizational Tools for instructions how to do this.

Find Support Groups

support group circle

Local support groups for family caregivers:


If the person you care for is seriously ill, also look for national organizations that advocate for people with that condition. Often the support groups connected to advocacy groups have expert advice and news about current clinical trials or research to share.

Local Support for People with Mobility Issues

Here are some local organizations that offer support groups and other resources for people with mobility disorders and their family caregivers:


Local support agencies serving the blind or those with low vision:

Find Free or Low-Cost Medical Equipment

          wheelchairs, etc. in Monrovia market. Image by Erik (HASH) Hersman uploaded to Wikimedia Commons

These Bay Area organizations have loan closets or other programs that distribute new or used equipment in good working order:


For deaf or hearing-impaired people, these organizations help with lower-cost hearing aids and hearing assessment, accessible telephone communication devices, and more:


Reduce - Reuse - Recycle  For  how to recycle, donate, or properly dispose of used medical equipment, see:

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