California’s Caregiver Resource Centers serve thousands of families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other disorders. California was the first state in the nation to establish a statewide network of support organizations for caregivers, and every California resident has access to a CRC in their area. To access the CRC for your area, please contact 211 and ask to be referred to the Caregiver Resource Center
The ADA will have a plethora of information related to disability laws, senior laws, up to date disability news and much more!
Department of Rehabilitation Phone: (916) 324-1313 TTY: (916) 558-5807 Website: http://www.dor.ca.gov Director: Joe Xavier
The Department of Rehabilitation Services will have resources to help a plethora of disabilities and individuals interested in working, staying at work, and or trying to become more independent. This is one of the best resources for all things disabled.
California’s health insurance marketplace offers information, guidance, special enrollment period information and comparisons between available health plans. Californians can also apply for Medi- Cal (Medicaid) using this portal. Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income and resources. If you qualify, you can enroll in Medi-Cal year-round.
Provides no-cost one-on-one counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. The agency can help with obtaining benefits, filing claims and understanding health care options. HICAP offices are located throughout California. Schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor at your HICAP office.
The IHSS Program is for low-income individuals who are disabled, blind or elderly. Services may include housecleaning, meal preparations, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services and accompaniment to medical appointments. The program can allow a program recipient to hire a family member to provide these services.
California requires home care organizations to be licensed and has created an online, public registry for home care aides who have gone through a background check. This program is intended to promote consumer protection for older adults and people who are blind or with disabilities when they hire private caregivers.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) administers California’s Paid Family Leave program. Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent- in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or registered domestic partner. Benefits are also available to parents who need time to bond with a new child entering their life either by birth, adoption or foster care placement.
All California employees who work for the same employer for at least 30 days are entitled to at least three paid sick days each year (or more under certain local laws). These can be used for yourself or a family member for the diagnosis, care or treatment of an existing health condition, preventive care, or needing time off related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Family members include a parent, child, spouse, registered domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild and sibling. Your paid leave is paid by your employer.
The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California veterans and their families. With nearly 1.6 million veterans living in the state, CalVet strives to ensure that veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of their military service. CalVet strives to serve veterans and their families with dignity and compassion, and to help them achieve their highest-possible quality of life.
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