The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) is a nonprofit organization representing California’s 33 area agencies on aging and is the leading voice on aging issues in California. C4A works closely with the Administration on Aging, the California Department of Aging, Department of Social Services, Department of Rehabilitation as well as key provider associations. C4A and its members provide programs that enable older Californians to live independently for as long as possible.
Of the 33 area agencies on aging, 19 agencies are part of a county structure and typically are integrated within the local social service system, eight are created by joint power agreements when there are multiple counties involved, and the remaining six are non-profit agencies.
The association is an advocate for meeting the needs of the elderly and adults with disabilities. Issues range from working on policy initiatives that benefit older persons, making transportation and meals available to older adults and helping caregivers find support and services.
The area agency network also provides assistance, information, referral, and support. Each year the network provides clients, and their caregivers, with services critical to keep seniors in their homes and communities as long as possible, serving thousands of meals, and delivering home-maker services and personal care.
The purpose of C4A is to advocate on behalf of older persons, persons with disabilities, their caregivers and families, to provide leadership within the aging and disability communities, and promote a service delivery system that provides individual choice.
C4A’s primary goal for a long-term care system is maintaining individuals in their own homes in the least restrictive and most home-like environment. It is our goal that older persons and adults with disabilities have access to a wide range of options for community-based long-term services, enabling them to live in their local community with independence and dignity.
Over the last few years, C4A has committed itself to building networks, seeking partners, and developing coalitions. C4A has worked to bring senior organizations, service providers and allied associations to the table to promote understanding, trust, and a mutual agenda.
The vision for the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging is that all persons will live with dignity and choice.
Lead in developing a statewide, comprehensive, and integrated home and community-based service system that supports dignity, diversity, and choice for older persons and persons with disabilities, their caregivers, and families.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Advocate on behalf of older persons, persons with disabilities, their caregivers, and families, to provide leadership within the aging and disability communities, and promote a service delivery system that provides individual choice.
The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging is dedicated to a set of core values that underlie its basic organization and operation. These values are:
To be consumer and family centered
To hold others with respect
To act with fairness and integrity
To accept varying perspectives and opinions
To be accountable and responsible
To hold others with respect
To be compassionate and responsive
To honor our cultural diversity
In all these values C4A strives for excellence, professionalism, and integrity.
The key goals of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging are:
Public policy will reflect the priorities of C4A and its advocacy partners
All members of C4A will have access to the information, resources, and peer support necessary to fulfill their leadership role
The Association will have the financial resources to attain its Mission
The Association will have successful working relationships with all partners in the home and community-based services network
Educate and enlist the support of the public in furthering the priorities of C4A and its advocacy partners
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) joins with its many partners in the consumer network to provide leadership in the development and restructuring of California's long-term care system.
C4A’s primary goal for a long-term care system is maintaining individuals in their own homes in the least restrictive, most home-like environment. It is the goal that older persons and adults with disabilities will have access to a wide range of options for community-based long-term services, enabling them to live in their local community with independence and dignity. As such, C4A endorses the development of a long-term care system for the State of California, which is built upon the following principles:
A service delivery system built on the concept of self-determination.
A service delivery system that responds to the total needs of the person, including the individual’s mental, physical, social, and health needs.
A service delivery system that responds to the needs of individuals, their families, and caregivers.
A service delivery system that is responsive, effective, and efficient.
A service delivery system that recognizes that every person has the right to live with dignity, and choice.
A consumer directed service delivery system in which policy decisions and service design reflects the voice of the consumer.
A service delivery system that is based upon an expansive local planning process, and that promotes local decision-making and flexibility in program implementation.
A State financing structure that accommodates a funding methodology for implementing the concept of “money follows the person,” in support of a comprehensive and coordinated system of care.
Inviduals and advocacy grups are encouraged to join C4A as partners.