Caregiver Initiative

AAA Caregiver Initiative

Our Caregiver Initiative empowers and supports caregivers and care partners through their caregiving journey. We provide valuable information, resource coordination, and referrals to caregivers. We host ongoing educational events and special events. Programs are offered to caregivers of any age who assist a person age 60 or older (or of any age if the person has dementia).

Caregiver Training

We provide periodic caregiving training programs to support caregivers as they move through their caregiving journey as well as self-care for the caregiver. Learn more about our Caregiver Education Series here.

If you are interested in upcoming Caregiving Training opportunities, please contact us at infoCaregiver@bouldercounty.org.

You can also check out upcoming Caregiver training opportunities, the “Caregiving Corner”, and our other programs by signing up for our monthly newsletter, Aging Well in Boulder County. Send us an email at bcaaa@bouldercounty.org to sign up!

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and Caregiver Resources

Resource Navigators are able to provide information, answer questions, and make referrals for older adults, adults living with disabilities, family and informal caregivers, veterans, and service providers. All calls are free and confidential. Opción disponible en Español. Click the link above for further information.

Check out www.BoulderCountyHelp.org where you can find agencies, programs, or facilities near you.

Caregiver Respite Services

These services look different during the time of COVID-19. Please contact us for further information.

43.5 million caregivers take care of an older adult an average of 20 hours a week, and need regular breaks from their caregiving. This break is called respite.

Our Respite Services offer a temporary break that provides relief for a family member, partner or other person regularly caring for an older adult. Respite can range from a few hours to a full day depending on the needs of the care recipient. Our agency partners with local senior and older adult services from the cities of Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont and Louisville to offer the following two respite programs.

Respite Assistance Program

Financial assistance for respite services to family, friends, and informal caregivers of older adults in Boulder County. Grants are awarded and may be used in the home to reimburse a relative, friend, neighbor or professional care providers, at an adult day program, or in a long-term care facility for a limited stay.

For more information contact your local senior or older adult services agency.

  • City of Boulder Older Adult Services (303-441-4388)
  • City of Lafayette Senior Services (303-661-1499)
  • City of Longmont Senior Services (303-651-8716)
  • City of Louisville Senior Services (303-335-4919)

If you live in the mountains or unincorporated area, contact the BCAAA Resource Line at 303-441-1617.

Respite and Companion Volunteer Program (This program is currently on hold.)

Screened and trained volunteers are matched to provide one-on-one companionship with an older adult who is experiencing isolation or compromised health, thereby providing a break for caregivers. Volunteers visit two hours once a week and focus on companionship; they do not provide hands-on care.

Interested in volunteering? Make a connection with an older adult and help provide crucial support to a caregiver. Find more information on the Respite & Companion Volunteer program web page.

For more information:

Phone: 303-441-1617
Email: infoRespite@bouldercounty.org

Helpful Links

  • You can find helpful forms and checklists for family caregivers at the National Caregiver Library.
  • Check out AARP’s Prepare to Care Guide in English and Spanish.
  • The WellMed Charitable Foundation supports older adults and their caregivers with a special emphasis on wellness and prevention. Look here to participate in one-hour conference calls at no cost. You can get expert advice, ask questions and talk to other people who are providing care.
  • Maria Shriver is proof that even a lifetime of success and accomplishment cannot protect you from the challenges of caregiving. Maria’s website devotes a lot of content space specific to caregiving. Sign up for Maria Shriver’s newsletter and get involved in her projects, including The Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge.
  • Next Step in Care is a program dedicated to providing practical advice and easy-to-use guides that help in the process of transitioning your parent’s care from one location to another (e.g., hospital to nursing facility).
  • Carelinx.com is a site that that helps you find help in the home without using an expensive agency. Caregivers undergo a background check and post information about services they can perform.
  • Caregiver Action Network allows you to browse advice according to whether you’re new to caregiving or have been a caregiver for many years. It addresses challenges specific to long-distance caregiving and to working and caregiving.
  • Dementia Resources
    • The Alzheimer’s Association can connect you with your local chapter. This website is a great overall resource for everything and everyone else — regardless of diagnosis. To top it off, they also have a 24/7 Helpline!
    • Tam Cummings, PhD is a gerontologist that has spent years presenting the complexities of dementia in a simple manner. Tam defines the seven stages of dementia and downloadable tools to track the stages of dementia.
    • Validation began as the personal practice of a brilliant individual, Naomi Feil. Feil grew up in the Montefiore Home for the Aged in Cleveland Ohio, where her father was the administrator and her mother, the head of the Social Service Department. The older adults were her direct neighbors and friends. This gave Naomi unique empathy and insight into the world of older adults which became the foundation stones for the Validation method. The website provides information and training on the method.

Contact Us


Boulder County Area
Agency on Aging

Main: 303-441-3570

to the Aging Well e-newsletter.


Location

Sundquist Building
3482 Broadway Street
Boulder, CO 80304
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Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F


Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306