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Caregiving Resources

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

Local Resources   NEW

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).

Helplines, Advice, and Local Assistance

hotline call center

Legal Assistance:


Medicare & Medicaid:

Emergency Contacts


The Santa Clara County Fire Dep't. has a standardized form to quickly share important information with EMTs and other emergency personnel, in the event of an emergency:

If you prepare a LIFE file and put it in the magnetic pouch on your refrigerator or a metal file cabinet, be sure to list those details (including the location) in the emergency information on a 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.

New  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:

New  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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