The District of Columbia Caregivers’ Institute (DCCI) is a resource funded by the District of Columbia Office on Aging. The purpose of the “5-Star” Caregivers’ Institute is to support unpaid caregivers residing in the District of Columbia who have primary responsibility for older, vulnerable DC residents. The District of Columbia Caregivers’ Institute strives to be a one-stop, centralized resource to help caregivers make critical decisions, develop and implement a Caregiving Support Plan, advocate for themselves, and participate in activities designed for personal rejuvenation.
The Institute seeks to empower caregivers to make informed decisions about their present and future circumstances. By providing flexible and coordinated supports, the District of Columbia Caregivers’ Institute prepares caregivers to solve problems and better cope with changing situations, while enhancing practical skills needed daily. With support, training, and assistance, many caregivers are better able to care for themselves as well as the older person that they help. If you are a District of Columbia caregiver, the Institute was designed to serve you.
How DCCI Operates
Currently, the District of Columbia Caregiver's Institute is fully funding by the DC Office on Aging. Staff of the DC Office on Aging provide oversight and guidance for the project.
Once eligible to join the District of Columbia Caregivers' Institute, clients are placed on a waiting list. Participants are added to the program based on availability of funding. When slots become available, participants are invited to attend a mandatory program orientation meeting held at the DC Office on Aging. At these meetings, staff reviews the program requirements, the services available, and how the Caregiver Flex Account works. At the conclusion of the meeting, participants schedule their in-home assessment with the social worker. A Caregiver Support Plan is completed during the in-home assessment outlining recommendations for how caregivers can decrease their caregiving burden. Participants can take advantage of the District of Columbia Caregivers' Institute services as needed.
The mission of the District of Columbia Caregiver’s Institute is to advocate for, plan, and implement training and education, research, and services for caregivers in DC. The resources offered by the Institute are flexible, coordinated and promote self-determination, empowerment and self care. The Institute is supported by an aggressive communications and fund-acquisitions strategy.
A “5-Star philosophy” drives the development of innovative supports that respond to individual needs. The Institute seeks to empower caregivers to make informed decisions about their present and future circumstances and prepares them to solve problems and better cope with changing situations, while enhancing practical skills needed daily. This philosophy allows the District of Columbia Caregiver’s Institute to rival the excellent models of caregiver support that currently exist in some parts of the country. The “5-stars” is an indication of the exceptionally high degree of quality and compassion afforded caregivers in the Nation’s Capital. The guiding principles of the District of Columbia Caregiver’s Institute philosophy are: (1) Flexibility, (2) Self-determination, (3) Coordination of Support Systems, (4) Empowerment, and (5) Self-care.
The District of Columbia Caregivers’ Institute will be a highly recognized, high-performance, non-profit agency that is highly valued by its customers, partners, and supporters. The Institute will pursue its mission in a city where caregivers are valued and supported, and their needs and preferences are respected.