Care for the Caregiver

Are you caring for an aging loved one? You’re not alone. Larimer County has a variety of supportive services, guides, and information to assist you along the way.

Caregiver

Caregiving Programs at UC Health Aspen Club – Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Stressbusters
(970) 495-8560

  • Jill Taylor, Senior Services Supervisor for the Aspen Club/UC Health discusses two important programs for caregivers offered throughout Larimer County
  • For more information, contact Jill Taylor at (970) 495-8560

Elderhaus Adult Day Program, Inc.
6813 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO  80525
(970) 221-0406

  • Elderhaus Adult Day Program offers weekly Caregiver Support Group sessions that provide caregivers with a forum to seek out best practices, make connections with professional services aimed at reducing the stress of caregiving, and to share with others the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia and other cognitive disorders.

Larimer County Office on Aging Family Caregiver Support  Program
(970) 498-7758

  • The LCOA Caregiver Support Program offers a variety of services to those who are caring for an older adult including:
    • Consultations
    • Respite assistance
    • Support groups
    • Classes and counseling

Lutheran Family Services
(970) 266-1788

  • Lutheran Family Services is a non-profit human services agency with a variety of services for children, families, and older adults including counseling, African American Caregiver Support Program, and care management.

Pathways
970-663-3500

  • Pathways provides compassionate, comprehensive care for those who have an advanced medical condition and those who are grieving.
  • Call or visit the website to learn more about hospice care, palliative care, advance care planning, and grief and loss support services.

Volunteers of America Caring Companions Program
(970) 472-9630

  • The Caring Companions Program provides a great opportunity for care recipients to find companionship with a new friend; while caregivers experience relief from the daily responsibilities of caregiving.
  • Volunteers visit with the care recipient in the care recipient’s home on a schedule that is agreeable to the volunteer and the caregiver and care recipient. Generally, volunteers visit weekly for approximately two hours.
  • All volunteers are screened and trained by completing an interview, a background check, and an orientation.
  • Care recipients must be age 60 or older, able to be without medical care and restroom assistance for the duration of the volunteer’s visit, be non-violent, and live in Larimer County.
  • This is a free program, but donations are accepted.
  • VOA also offers a variety of services including Meals on Wheels, senior housing assistance, veteran support and housing assistance, volunteer placement, a handyman program, senior dining, and more.
  • Contact the Volunteers of America Northern Colorado office at the number above or email larimer@voacolorado.org for these services.

Kinship

Aging Clinic of the Rockies at CSU
970 491-6795

  • Aging Clinic of the Rockies is a non-profit clinic that offers counseling and assessment services to community members on an affordable sliding fee scale based on gross annual income. Call the number above for more information.

Grand Family Coalition
970-699-2837

  • Grand Family Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports Kinship Families by providing social groups, day time support groups, mentor programs and family oriented activities
  • Grand Family Coalition offers a web-based library of resources, references, referrals and suggested reading for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

GRANDcares
970-491-8204

  • The GRANDcares project works with grandparent and kinship caregivers in order to strengthen parenting skills, promote self-care practices, and increase comfort with utilizing community resources.
  • GRANDcares offers a six-week program that utilizes Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) to help grandparents raising grandchildren manage the stress of dealing with the demands of raising grandchildren.
  • The GRANDcares Youth Club is a six-week program designed for children ages 9 – 12 being raised by a grandparent.

Larimer County Human Services
970-498-6300

  • Larimer County Human Services offers a variety of benefits for families, including Grandparents (or other relatives) raising children. Benefits include Relative Caregiver TANF (cash assistance for children that does not count Grandparents’ income); Food Assistance; Medicaid; Medicare Savings Program; Old Age Pension (cash grant to help supplement Social Security Income) and Low Income Energy Assistance Program (November 1st through April 30th each year. Helps with heating/cooling bills. Can also help weatherize home, repair furnace, etc.)
  • You can apply for benefits online via PEAK: https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com
  • Locations:
    • 1501 Blue Spruce Ft Collins 80524
    • 200 Peridot Avenue, Suite 2100 Loveland 80537
    • 1601 Brodie Ave Estes Park 80517

Larimer County Office on Aging
970-498-7750

  • Larimer County Office on Aging provides direct services, funds community partners, and provides leadership in the planning and coordination of services for older and disabled adults in Larimer County. The services provided enhance health and help those in the community to remain in their own homes and maintain their independence.
  • Key services include:
    • Information and Assistance for aging and disability resources.
    • Options Counseling to better understand long term care services and supports.
    • Benefits Counseling to help with Long Term Care Medicaid and Medicare savings program applications.
    • Family Caregiver Support offering caregiver consultations and respite assistance.
    • Long Term Care Ombudsman providing advocacy for residents in assisted living and nursing homes.

Namaqua Center of SummitStone Health Partners
970-494-4200

  • Namaqua Center’s Grandfamily Support Program provides ongoing outreach, case management assistance and support at no cost to grandparents raising grandchildren in Larimer County.
  • The Grandfamily Support Program provides community based services for grandfamilies raising grandchildren including support groups, parenting classes, case management services, clothing resources, food resources, emergency need resources, social activities, and more.

Links to Additional Resources

Colorado State University’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Website

  • This website was created with the goal of providing useful resources and reliable, current information for grandparents that have taken on the role as primary caregiver for their grandchildren.

Generations United

  • Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges.

Resource Guides

View the Answers on Aging Resource Guide an online-viewable PDF booklet with a list of aging-related resources in Larimer County. Use the Tips for Navigating the Answers on Aging Guide for helpful suggestions for navigating this database..

  • Information on caregiver services can be found on the following pages:
    • Caregiver Support, pp. 11-12

The Elder Care Network Member Service Directory can help you find local services. The network consists of 60 member organizations, providing a wide range of services and individual volunteers. Use the Tips for Navigating the Eldercare Network directory for helpful suggestions on navigating this database.

The Network of Care Service Directory is an online database that can help you find specific resources close to your home. Use the Tips for Navigating the Network of Care Service Directory for helpful suggestions on navigating this database.

  • Information on caregiver services can be found at the following link:

The Seniors Blue Book of Northern Colorado offers a comprehensive guide to aging-related resources, services, and activities in Northern Colorado. You can browse service lists here. Click Tips for Navigating the Seniors Blue Book Resource Guide for helpful suggestions on navigating this database.

  • Information on caregiver services can be found on the following pages:
    • Care management, pp. 13-15
    • Respite Care, p. 45
    • Support Groups, pp. 51-53

 http://www.grandfamilies.org/ 

  • Grandfamilies.org offers a searchable database of laws and legislation and free online legal resources in support of grandfamilies within and outside of the child welfare system.

Blogs/Articles

  • Yoga for Nurses – Designed for anyone seeking to fill their cup so that they can care for and fully be present for others.