Causes: Family Services
Mission: The Network's mission is to advance the availability and quality of Adult Day Services in Alameda County so that older and disabled adults can continue living at home, strengthen their health and wellness, and enjoy a welcoming community of care that supports families and caregivers.
Target demographics: Low-income families in Alameda County caring for a frail elders and adults with dementia or disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 1,600 frail elders and their families.
Geographic areas served: Alameda County
Programs: The Network serves as the first point of contact for many caregivers in need of information, guidance and support when making decisions affecting the care of their loved ones. We provide free personalized referrals to more than 1,500 families each year, helping families connect with community options that best serve the needs of their loved ones and fit their individual caregiving situations. The Network supports awareness, understanding and access to adult day programs through educational outreach programs, and we work to enhance the value and scope of care at the day centers through county-wide quality initiatives. The Network raises and distributes funds for respite scholarships, counseling for caregivers, home safety repairs and other services. Also important, the Network works with local and statewide organizations to advocate for public policies that protect the safety net for vulnerable adults and ensure services are available to the growing number of families who need care. Core programs include Community Education & Outreach, Family Caregiver Support, Senior Injury Prevention, Enhancing Mental Health Care, Planning & Advocacy and Peer Group Exchange.