Americans are living longer, and that is good news! It also means though, that many of us will be living with chronic illnesses that will require us to receive help from a caregiver or we will become the caregivers for a loved one. Taking care of an older relative or friend can at times, be challenging. Whether you prepare meals for your father, drive your mother to the doctor, or provide 24-hour care for your spouse, you are making an invaluable contribution to you loved one’s life. You need and deserve the most up-to-date information about community resources and services available to help you in your caregiving role.
The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services’ Family Caregiver Support Program offers free:
- Caregiver consultations during which our staff will meet with you to review your caregiving situation and provide guidance about your options.
- A Guide for Caregivers: What You Need to Know, a 30-page booklet filled with practical advice for the caregiver.
- A Guide for Caregivers: Respite Services and Caregiver Support Groups, a 37 page support guide for services in Westchester County.
- Educational programs throughout the County to educate caregivers in all aspects of the caregiving role.
- Older Driver Family Assistance Program for those concerned with the safety of an older driver. Our program provides information on how to talk to the older driver about this concern and the services available to make them a better driver.
- Faith Based Outreach, a program to assist congregations in forming a family help network.
- Grandparents Program, a network of support groups and workshops to help seniors 60-plus who are raising grandchildren younger than 18 years.
Call the Family Caregiver Support Program at (914) 813-6441.