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Adult and Aging Services

The Adult and Aging Services Division works with individuals and the community to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable adults. Staff provides protective and supportive social services as well as community training and coordination. The staff advocates for and strives to achieve the goals of safety, health, dignity, and independence for older adults, veterans and persons with disabilities. To apply for services, call (707) 565-5900 or visit the office at 3725 Westwind Boulevard, Santa Rosa.

area plan Aging and Living Well in Sonoma County
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This Community Report reflects the findings from an extensive needs assessment conducted in the Fall of 2011.

It provides a demographic snapshot of Sonoma County's seniors and presents the Area Agency on Aging's four-year plan.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

Matter of balance logo 75 Volunteer to be a coach for award winning fall prevention program, "A Matter of Balance." Many older adults experience concerns about falling. "A Matter of Balance" is designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Trained facilitators conduct eight two-hour sessions where participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity.

The County of Sonoma will be conducting an eight hour training for "A Matter of Balance" coaches on August 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

For more information on the program or becoming a coach please contact Program Coordinator Beverly Winsor at bwinsor@schsd.org or call  (707) 565-5936.

Area Agency on Aging Senior Needs Assessment Survey

Older Couple thumbnail 75 If you are age 60 or over and a Sonoma County resident, the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) would like to hear from you.  The AAA is interested in your ideas, suggestions and concerns about what seniors need most to improve their health and quality of life in Sonoma County. A senior needs assessment survey will assist the AAA in developing a 4-Year Area Plan. Your input is vital. Please go to www.socoaaa.org to take the survey.

Volunteers Needed to Help Resolve Elder Financial Abuse Cases

Elder Justice Coalition 75The Sonoma County Elder Justice Coalition seeks  community volunteers with financial expertise to assist the new Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) in its mission to identify, investigate, prevent and remedy an increasing number of elder financial abuse cases. Read more about volunteering

(707) 565-5940 OR (800) 667-0404

Investigates suspected incidents of elder and dependent adult abuse, neglect or exploitation. Provides 24-hour response to life threatening emergencies involving elder and dependent adults. Educates the community about elder abuse prevention and identification. To report suspected adult abuse, neglect or exploitation, call the 24-hour hotline at (800) 667-0404. Fax reports to (707) 565-5969. 

(707) 565-5950

Coordinates planning and funding for programs allowing persons sixty years of age and older to maintain maximum independence in the community. The AAA Advisory Council, a 21-member volunteer committee, works closely with the Agency in the areas of planning, funding, and advocacy. The Council makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the needs of seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers.

In 1999, the AAA, with support of law enforcement, community-based agencies and interested community members, established the Elder Abuse Prevention Council. The council is active in education and training in the prevention of elder abuse and court advocacy for elder abuse victims. 

Website:  http://www.socoaaa.org/

(707) 565-5900

Provides in-home care to low income older adults and people with disabilities in order to help clients remain safely and independently in their homes. IHSS social workers conduct home visits to assess the client's needs and determine the number of hours a client can hire a caregiver. IHSS Payroll staff issue and process IHSS provider timesheets. 

(707) 565-5700

Maintains a Registry of screened caregivers to refer to IHSS consumers. Offers monthly training classes for caregivers and consumers. Serves as the "employer of record" for IHSS caregivers for the purposes of negotiating wages and benefits. 

The IHSS Advisory Committee, a 10 member committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors, provides ongoing advice and recommendations regarding IHSS to the Board of Supervisors, IHSS Public Authority, and IHSS Program. The Advisory Committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Adult and Aging Conference Center (3725 Westwind Boulevard). For more information about the Advisory Committee, call the Public Authority office. 

Website: http://www.sonomacounty-ihsspa.org/

(707) 565-5900

A short term case management program for adults who are 60 years or older and disabled. The purpose of the program is to promote client independence through arranging and coordinating services that help support individuals to remain safely at home. 

(707) 565-5970

Provides case management to Medi-Cal eligible, frail elders, age 65 and older. The Program's goals are to prevent placement in a nursing facility while fostering independence and dignity for seniors.

Public Administrator/Public Guardian/Public Conservator (PA/PG/PC)

(707) 565-5735

The Public Administrator (PA) investigates and may administer the estates of persons who die with no will or without an appropriate person willing or able to act as administrator. The Public Guardian (PG) or Public Conservator (PC) conducts the official County investigation into conservatorship matters. The PG/PC also acts as the legally appointed conservator for persons found by the Superior Court to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances or who cannot resist undue influence or fraud. Such persons usually are older, frail and vulnerable adults or persons suffering from severe mental illness.

(707) 565-5960

Provides assistance and advocacy for veterans and their dependents and survivors, and other eligible individuals and organizations to claim state and federal benefits. Provides information, assistance and referral in obtaining medical and other services. 

Website: http://www.scvets.org/

Contact Information

Diane Kaljian
Division Director
Adult and Aging Services
Human Services Department
Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
3725 Westwind Boulevard
Suite 101
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.510185, -122.796579

Senior Resource Guide

The Senior Resource Guide is a directory of services, agencies, and programs in Sonoma County which assist older persons, people with disabilities, and their caregivers in their daily lives.

You may pick up a free copy at the Adult and Aging office.

 

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