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About CCT: Our History

The Center for Caregiver Training (CCT) was founded as Home Care Companions in 1988 by a group of friends caring for a person living with AIDS at home. CCT was the first institution in the United States to focus on practical skills training for non-professional caregivers.

Since 1988, CCT has held more than 300 FREE trainings for non-professional caregivers in the San Francisco Bay Area. CCT has also trained medical professionals from throughout the United States, and from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe — who, in turn, have shared CCT's strategies and techniques with thousands of family caregivers throughout the world.

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CCT holds its first AIDS caregiver training at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)
Began to teach nurses from Japan.
Developed classes focused on AIDS care for women and within communities of color
Held first training of medical professionals from Africa (Ghana, Zaire, Uganda, Ethiopia.
Broadened curriculum to serve people living with cancer.

Helped create an Australian AIDS home care training program
Started patient/caregiver trainings in partnership with the National Brain Tumor Foundation.
Began training partnership with UCSF for patients and caregivers coping with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cancer.

CCT Founder Celi Adams receives the National AIDS Memorial Grove Award for outstanding service to people living with AIDS and their caregivers
Celi Adams receives the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Health Leadership Award — as one of America's 10 outstanding leaders.

Bill Moyers introduces CCT's caregiving program to a national audience in the PBS series “With Eyes Open”. See the practical tips shared with PBS viewers and answers to viewer questions at the PBS web site.
Developed training program for non-professional caregivers of frail elders.

Celi Adams receives the Rosalynn Carter Caregiver Award for her pioneering work with the Center for Caregiver Training.