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. If you need help navigating the website, View our video to better understand how to access the resources you may need.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services and hours may change or vary. Please visit each website or call for updated information.
Caregiving Programs at UC Health Aspen Club – Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Stressbusters
- 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
- 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.
- The LCOA Caregiver Support Program offers a variety of services to those who are caring for an older adult including:
- Respite assistance
- Support groups
- Classes and counseling
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for these services.
Aging Clinic of the Rockies at CSU
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 1501 Blue Spruce Ft Collins 80524
- 200 Peridot Avenue, Suite 2100 Loveland 80537
- 1601 Brodie Ave Estes Park 80517
Larimer County Office on Aging
- 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
- 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
- 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’s National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges.
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 under the following topics:
- Caregiver Support
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 under the following topics:
- Care management
- Respite Care
- Support Groups
- 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.
- Information and resources for all caregiving situations plus a toolbox and a free Caregiver Help Desk to connect with a caregiving expert.
- 12 Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About
– Read about a critical set of caregiving resources
- 8 Rules for New Caregivers
– Consider these actionable steps if you are getting started on the caregiving journey
- A Caregiver’s Roadmap
– Read about one daughter’s journey through her mother’s last weeks and the lessons she learned
- Helping a Family Member from Afar
– Tips for assisting a loved one who is in need of caregiving – at a distance
- Caregiving Question and Answer Tool
– Read for answers to common questions and concerns that arise when caregiving
- The Importance of Self-care
– Hear Jill Taylor’s account of how stressful caregiving can be and the importance of self-care.
- The Long Goodbye: Coping With Sadness And Grief Before A Loved One Dies – expert advice for managing anticipatory grief and difficult losses that come before the death of a loved one.
- Caregivers Draw Support By Mapping Their Relationships – CareMap is a tool that helps caregivers visualize and tap into their support networks
- When you are Shamed for Moving a Parent into a Care Center – Support for caregivers coping with backlash after choosing assisted living or nursing home care for a loved one.
- How to Cope with a Parent who Hoards – Understanding hoarding as a psychiatric disorder and offering helpful advice for caregiver mental health.
- Yoga for Nurses – Designed for anyone seeking to fill their cup so that they can care for and fully be present for others.