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Caregiving

Here are vital programs from Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) for the elderly or disabled who need some help, but wish to remain in their homes and communities in comfort and safety.

Family members who are caring for a parent, spouse or other relative will find support services in our Caregiver Corner. Two valuable resources for the family cargiver are A Guide for Caregivers: Respite Services and Caregiver Support Groups, and A Guide for Caregivers: What You Need to Know.

The Care Circles of Westchester program is the newest initiative under the big Livable Communities umbrella.

The Livable Communities Caregiver Coaching program is a trail-blazing initiative that helps family caregivers make informed decisions to better care for their older or disabled loved ones.

The New York State Insurance Department provides information about long-term care insurance as well as other items of interest to seniors, such as Medicare, Medicaid and other topics.

The New York Connects help line is a service where callers can make one, toll-free phone call for information about long-term care for seniors and for adults and children who are disabled.

The elderly are particularly vulnerable to physical, emotional and financial abuse. If you suspect elder abuse, read the information here to see how to recognize it and learn what can be done about it.

Caregivers, family and friends frequently don’t know where to turn when they are worried about the safety of an older driver. Check our Older Driver Family Assistance Program to learn your options.  

Our valuable Senior Citizen Guide to Mental Health Services helps families obtain information on mental health programs and services in Westchester County.   

Caregivers who live in their homes with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia usually worry that that person will wander away and get lost.  If that happens Project Lifesaver is a free program that uses radio-frequency technology to find their loved ones quickly and return them safely home.