Family Caregivers

One in four families across the United States is involved in caregiving for a person 60 or older. Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) is the starting point for Pima County and long-distance caregivers for older adults who need assistance to learn about and access a wide range of community services and resources.

Pima Council on Aging Caregiver Specialists provide one-on-one consultation for caregivers. Caregiver Specialists are experienced master’s level social workers who provide individuals and families with expert guidance and support. They assist in examining options, locating resources, and helping caregivers maintain their own health while providing care to their loved one.  We offer:

  • Individual and family consultation
  • Information and assistance
  • Resources and referrals to local agencies that assist older adults, including caregivers
  • Support groups.
  • Classes designed to teach family caregivers practical skills

Call PCOA’s Helpline at (520) 790-7262.

Guide to Services: This is PCOA’s directory of aging and disability-related resources in Pima County.

ALTCS Information: The Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) is a part of AHCCCS – Arizona’s version of Medicaid. PCOA offers a class on ALTCS the second Thursday of each month. There is no charge to attend.

Caregiver Support Groups: PCOA family caregiver support groups are open to anyone providing care for a person 60 and older, or for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia of any age.

Caregiver Training: If you are a family caregiver, there is no charge to attend these workshops.

CarePRO: Workshops may be available to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Are you a kin caregiver raising grandchildren or other kinship caregiver for a child under 18? The KARE Family Center provides a wide range of services through its one-stop center for caregivers and adoptive families.

Information and Referral: PCOA’s Helpine is staffed by trained professionals who are knowledgeable about the resources and services available to seniors throughout Pima County.

Resources: PCOA has a wealth of resources for older adults in Pima County and their caregivers.

Respite: Respite Care may be provided by a trained caregiver for a few hours a week in the home, or through a temporary stay in an assisted living or nursing facility.

Selecting Residential Care of Older Adults: View PCOA’s list of retirement and assisted living facilities in Pima County and our list of nursing homes and rehab facilities. A list of questions to consider when selecting residential care is provided on the last page of each list.

Supplemental Services: This program provides limited assistance to unpaid, live-in caregivers of individuals aged 60 and over.

In addition to the above services, donated items may be available for low-income seniors or disabled individuals who are not eligible for tax-payer subsidized products. These items may include incontinence supplies, 911 cell phones, etc.  Availability may be limited. Call our Helpline at (520) 790-7262 for more information.