Faith in Action’s Senior Peer Counseling Program was added in May 2008. The program is designed to meet the needs of seniors who are experiencing mental distress, such as depression and anxiety as a result of isolation due to frailty or chronic illness. Peer support can be provided to both the care recipient or the family caregiver (if 60 or older).
Support is provided in several ways:
1 — 1:1 peer counseling in the home for 1-hour counseling sessions for homebound senior. These 1-to-1 sessions are weekly.
2 — For those seniors who desire group interaction, trained volunteers facilitate group counseling sessions. These groups also meet weekly, up to 10 weeks. These are ongoing groups. For more information, and to learn how to register, Care recipients wishing to attend a group are asked to speak with program staff. Please call for group locations.
3 — For Homebound seniors unable to leave their homes but who still desire group counseling, the agency offers Senior Voices, a virtual counseling group that meets via teleconference. Seniors enrolled in this group will call an 800 number (toll free) and enter a code specific to their group. Groups will run for 1 to 1-1/2 hours weekly, up to ten weeks.
Funding provided by:
- Solano County Department of Mental Health
- Kaiser Permanente