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Brennan recognizes National Caregivers Month

Broome County Executive Patrick Brennan invited people to find out more about services for caregivers provided by Office for Aging and CASA. He made this announcement to coincide with National Caregiver Month, held in November each year.

Brennan said, “The staff in these departments and I recognize the critical role of family caregivers who provide essential support to aging relatives and friends. Broome County Office for Aging and CASA have been delivering quality assistance and support to family caregivers for more than 20 years. Both of these county departments have been recognized by their peers around the state and nationally for the excellent programs and services they provide to senior citizens and their caregivers.

“They offer a wide array of services from education, assessments, respite options (including in-home care and day care), meals on wheels, and more. We help caregivers navigate through the choices that they have and help them access many available services,” said Brennan.

The Caregiver Services staff helps caregivers with both practical needs and with the emotional demands of caregiving. Assistance may include:

• one-on-one consultations with a caregiver specialist
• referrals to community services
• Three caregiver chat groups
• Many respite options—to give caregivers a needed break including day care centers and in-home care.
• access to the Caregiver Resource Center with its valuable written materials
• a bi-monthly newsletter full of educational articles to assist caregivers
• monthly educational workshops on a variety of topics
• help arranging services that will keep loved ones as independent as possible
• assistance understanding the costs of formal care

Brennan was joined by Lisa Schuhle, Program Manager for Office for Aging and Barbara Travis, Clinical Nurse Supervisor with Broome County CASA (Community Alternatives Systems Agency).

For more information, visit the caregiver page on the Broome County web site http://www.gobroomecounty.com/senior/caregiver or call 607-778-2411.

To subscribe to the Caregiver Corner newsletter on paper or by email people can call 607-778-2411.

Internet users can go to the Caregiver Services page of OFA’s web site www.gobroomecounty.com/senior/caregiver. Then, www.gobroomecounty.com/senior/cgcnews. Then www.gobroomecounty.com/senior/cgcsub to fill out the subscription form.

For more information about other services of the Office for Aging, visit www.gobroomecounty.com/broome/senior or call 607-778-2411.

For more information about other services of CASA, visit www.gobroomecounty.com/broome/casa or call 607-778-2420.

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009. The full report is available here http://www.caregiving.org/data/Caregiving_in_the_US_2009_full_report.pdf. And an executive summary is available here http://www.caregiving.org/data/CaregivingUSAllAgesExecSum.pdf. The reports shows that New York is ranked number three in the nation for the most caregivers, 1,923,778.

View more about the National Alliance for caregiving at www.caregiving.org.

11/03/2011 - 1:53pm