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For Caregivers

You are not alone! 
Many resources are available to assist you in taking care of a loved one.

The Multipurpose Senior Center (MSC) in your area is your primary source of assistance for:

bulletCare management
bulletSenior services
bulletCaregiver support group
bulletHome care referrals
bulletHousing search & referrals
bulletLocal long term care referrals
bulletApplying for benefits
bulletAdult Day Services
bulletRespite care

The Multipurpose Senior Centers (MSCs) are selected and funded by the City or the County Department of Aging. They provide comprehensive services to seniors and their families. These community-based agencies have the resources and expertise to assess the needs of seniors and can assist you in designing a care plan for your loved one.

If you are trying to solve a problem, the MSC Case Manager is an expert who has probably encountered a similar situation before.

Because the MSCs are community-based, they are familiar with the local agencies serving seniors. MSCs usually do not have commercial ties and may give you a sincere referral based on their experience with the agency involved.

To find the Multipurpose Senior Center (MSC) closest to you:

bulletIn Los Angeles County, go to our Senior Centers page.
bulletIn Los Angeles County, during business hours call the County of Los Angeles Area Agency on Aging at (213) 738-4004.
Be prepared to provide a Zip Code.
bulletIn Los Angeles County, INFO-LINE can provide information and referrals 24 hours a day in many languages.
(800) 339-6993; TDD (800) 660-4026.
bulletNationwide, the following web site may assist you in locating a senior center:
bulletElder Care Locator
(800) 677-1116
(Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

The Alzheimer's Association

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is one of over 220 Chapters which make up the National Alzheimer's Association. It is a non-profit charitable organization made of 3000 members, health care professionals, and friends who have joined hands to fight this silent epidemic through:

bulletSupport groups

If you need help in Los Angeles County, call HELPLINE at:
Los Angeles (800) 660-1991
Nationwide (800) 272-3900
For more information see the Web site at

Choosing a Nursing Home

Go to our Long Term Care page for information on finding and selecting a nursing home. A lot of information is available on the Internet 24 hours a day to assist you with your research.

Solving a Problem

You may be trying to solve a problem or help a senior who is at risk.
Our Solve a Problem page addresses many difficult problems including:

bulletElder abuse - Physical & fiduciary
bulletSelf neglect & caregiver neglect
bulletAbuse in a long term care facility
bulletStaying independent
bulletConsumer fraud
bulletDenial of benefits
bulletEviction of a senior
bulletSafety concerns
bulletCrime against seniors

In the central Los Angeles City area, your local Multipurpose Senior Center is part of a problem-solving team: the Los Angeles City Attorney Elders at Risk Task Force. Agencies meet every month to solve complex problems affecting seniors and dependent adults that no single agency can resolve.



Inside This Page

The Multipurpose Senior
  Centers are your primary
  source of assistance.
Alzheimer's Association
Choosing a nursing home
Solving a problem

Useful Links

Problem-Solving Team
Los Angeles Caregiver
  Resource Center
National Family

  Caregiver Support

How to hire and
  supervise in-home help

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The Caregiver's Handbook
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This site was first published in April, 2001.

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