Supplemental Services are available for family caregivers living in San Bernardino County (all areas except Morongo Valley). They are intended to help make caring for a loved one in the home a little easier and safer. Please note that our ability to provide the following services depends on available funding. Also note these services are not provided on an ongoing basis.
Controlling the Frustrations of Caregiving is a series of eight classes for caregivers of adults with brain impairing conditions to learn new strategies to cope with the feelings of grief, loss, anger, frustration, and hopeless. This is an 8 week series meeting once a week for 2 hours.
It Takes Two is a series of four-week class that offers new skills and tools for family caregivers who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. This course is designed to help caregivers feel more confident and positive about the caregiving role. This is a 4 week series meeting once a week for 2 hours.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. This is a 6 week series meeting once a week for 2 hours.
Family Caregiver Educational Workshops
ICRC offers a wide range of educational workshops to help family caregivers cope with their caregiving situations. Below is an overview of the series of classes the agency facilitates. Please click here for a list of classes currently being offered.
Short Term Counseling
Caregivers often experience symptoms of depression, anger, or sadness. The causes may be physical, emotional, or a result of a stressful situation. Short term counseling can help with caregiving concerns such as loss, grief, unresolved relationship issues, role changes, anger, frustration, resentment, and conflict feelings.
Short term counseling is a brief problem-solving therapy for a maximum of 6 one -our sessions. Together with a trained professional, goals are established which may:
If additional counseling services are needed after the 6 sessions, appropriate referrals are made. Our ability to provide Short Term Counseling is limited by available funding and staff. If counseling is needed before ICRC can provide the service, appropriate referrals are made. Please note that before Short Term Counseling can be arranged, a client must have a Family Consultation with one of our Family Consultants.
Caregiver Support Groups
ICRC believes that the most valuable support a family caregiver can receive is from a peer, someone who has been through what they are going through and can truly understand what it is to care for a loved one 24/7. For this reason ICRC facilitates family caregiver support groups throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Groups meet once a month at a convenient time and location. Meetings are lead by trained staff or volunteers. Topics discussed can range from Sharing and Caring to having a guest speaker present on a topic of the group’s choosing. The agency also helps start new groups where needed. For a list of current ICRC Support Groups Click Here.
Family Consultation is ICRC’s core service. It consists of a meeting in person or over the phone with one of our Family Consultants to discuss the caregiving situation. Families who are caring for a loved one often need help in several areas.
For example, they may need:
Our Family Consultants are trained and experienced professionals who can tell the family about the services we offer to meet these needs – such as short term counseling, respite care, support groups, and educational workshops – as well as other public and private services they may wish to use. In addition, they help the family develop a strategy for managing their loved one’s care, which we call a care plan. After the first meeting, the family caregiver may contact their Family Consultant whenever they have a question or a concern regarding their caregiving situation.
Information and Referral
As a Resource Center, ICRC not only has valuable information regarding the services it provides, but also information regarding local resources for family caregivers and older adults living alone. Our very courteous staff is available to answer your questions, and should ICRC not be able to assist you, is prepared to refer you to the appropriate agency.
Family Caregiver Services
Who are family caregivers? Family caregivers are those who care for others in need: seniors, veterans, brain impaired individuals, and all those who can no longer care for themselves. The journey of a caregiver is not an easy one. ICRC is vested in caring for those who provide care. Family caregiver services the agency offers include information and referral, family consultation, support groups, short-term counseling, educational workshops, respite and supplemental services. For more information about each service, scroll down.
Our Respite Care Program provides short term, substitute care for loved ones who are being cared for at home. This gives family caregivers a break from the stress of constant care and reduces the likelihood of early out-of-home placement. In addition to finding the best respite service for each family, ICRC helps pay for it.
Our ability to provide respite is limited by available funding. Priority is given based on need, ability to pay for services, and whether the client has received respite in the past. Unfortunately this is not an on-going service. Clients are encouraged to attend ICRC Support Groups and Educational Training as respite is provided for those who participate.
To Place or Not to Place…That is the Question Deciding if, when, and where to place a loved one is often a heart-wrenching experience. Many family caregivers continue providing care far beyond their physical and emotional capabilities before they even consider placement as an option. This series of 7 classes is designed to assist family members with the difficult decision-making process of whether or not to place a loved one in residential care.