About Caregivers

Providing Support to Family Caregivers


Passages Caregiver Resource Center provides support to family caregivers in order to ease the physical and emotional challenges of care-giving.

Who is a Caregiver?

The term caregiver refers to anyone who provides physical, emotional, financial, or logistical support to a loved one with a disabling condition. While many people in this situation do not identify with the term “caregiver,” it is important for them to know about the resources available to support them as they care for their loved one. Some examples of caregivers include: a person caring for a spouse who has suffered a stroke; someone caring for a relative who has Parkinson’s disease; a grandchild providing assistance to a grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease; or a parent caring for a son with a traumatic brain injury.

If you help with any of the following tasks: Preparing meals, bathing and getting dressed, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, managing medications, arranging for services, paying household bills, getting in and out of bed, getting to doctor visits, then…YOU ARE A CAREGIVER!

Eligibility and Counties Served

The Caregiver Resource Center is available to caregivers who are caring for a person with a disabling condition that occurred after the age of 18.

Counties served: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity.

For a list of Caregiver Resource Centers servicing other counties in California, please visit our RESOURCES page.


In 1977, a small group of concerned families and professionals in San Francisco joined together to develop the first program in the country to recognize the needs of families caring for cognitively impaired adults. That first organization – now called Family Caregiver Alliance – was the model for California’s innovative system of 11 Caregiver Resource Centers established by the California Department of Mental Health. Passages Caregiver Resource Center is one of the eleven Caregiver Resource Centers in California serving families and caregivers of adults with cognitive impairments and caregivers of frail adults. It was established along with the other Caregiver Resource Centers in 1988. It is funded through the National Family Caregiver Support Program through the Area Agency on Aging and through the California Department of Health Care Services.

Funded by the California Department of Mental Health under the Comprehensive Act for Families & Caregivers of Brain Impaired Adults (Chapter 1658, CA Statutes of 1984, as amended). Partially funded by PSA2 & PSA3 Area Agency on Aging, and the California Department of Health Care Services.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for caregivers and those they care for by providing information, resources, and support that contribute to overall caregiver wellness.

Our Vision

♦ Healthy as they care for their loved one,
♦ Confident in their care-giving skills and decisions,
♦ Able to access resources and information as needed,
♦ Knowledgeable about, and practicing, self-care,
♦ Resilient in the face of challenges.