2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
Riverside County, CA
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
California

Care Pathways is a program designed for family caregivers who face challenges managing their caregiving responsibility for a senior friend or loved one. Participants are offered education in a support group setting where they receive training and the opportunity to engage with other caregivers. The program promotes higher quality care in the community and improves quality of life for caregivers and their loved ones, decreasing the risk of social isolation and depression among caregivers. This program was developed and is implemented by the R iverside County Office on Aging, a federally recognized Aging and Disability Resource Connection, and the program is funded through a partnership with the Riverside County Department of Mental Health, through the Mental Health Services Act.