Caregiver Services

Caregivers are the family and friends who voluntarily take care of older persons in our community. Caregiver Services helps family members, friends and neighbors who are caring for older adults living in our community. The program helps caregivers with both practical needs and with the emotional demands of caregiving. If you help an older person pay bills, manage medications, shop, cook, clean, or if you provide personal care, transportation or emotional support, you are a caregiver. To learn more please review the Caregiver Service Brochure by clicking here

Caregiver Services provide:

•    Consultations by phone, in our office, or in your home to help you understand local services and connect with programs.
•    Workshops and educational events to provide support, education and connections with other caregivers. Information shared is relevant to the caregiving experience and needs such as:

  • Homecare options
  • Level of care issues
  • Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney discussions
  • Educational seminars on Alzheimer's and dementias
  • Services for Veterans
  • Plus many more!

•    Caregiver Information included in the monthly Senior News publication offering event schedule, tips, and practical advice;
•    Caregiver Respite Program gives caregivers a break from the demands of caregiving. This service requires a full Caregiver Assessment and ongoing case management. 
•    Caregiver Chats are support group for caregivers giving them the opportunity to share experiences with other caregivers and learn about caregiver issues;
•    Caregiver Resource Center: You can loan these items out or enjoy the quiet Caregiver Library at the center located at 2801 Wayne Street in Endwell. Call 607-785-3427 for more information. 

    Do you provide unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbor who has an illness, disability, memory loss, injury, or special need? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a caregiver! Are you feeling overwhelmed, constantly worried, tired, sad, easily irritated, and/or extremely stressed? You are not alone and there is support available. If you would like to learn more about resources, tools, and supports available for caregivers, please answer the following questions to get connected to the right starting place. 

    1.    Are you over the age of 18 and caring for an older adult (age 60+)?

    2.    Are you over the age of 18 caring for an individual (any age) with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (e.g., dementia, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, chronic traumatic encephalopathy)?

    3.    Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for a child (not biological) under the age of 18?

    4.    Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for an adult (can be a biological child) aged 18-59 with a disability?

    If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you are eligible for the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). If you would like to learn more about how this program can assist you, please take this short screen for an initial assessment of your wellbeing, and a Program Specialist will reach out to discuss the results. The evidence-based screener asks you to reflect on your experiences and respond to a series of statements based on identified rating scales in each section. This screener is used to help you and the Program Specialist better understand your situation and define an individualized plan to meet your unique caregiving needs.

    If you answered no to all the questions above, or you are not interested in taking the evidence-based screen, there is still help available to you through the Any Care Counts - New York (ACC-NY) Campaign which recognizes and supports the millions of unpaid caregivers across the state! Through ACC-NY you can discover your caregiver intensity score by taking the ARCHANGELS Caregiver Intensity Index (CII). It takes just 2 minutes to complete. You will find out whether you are “in the red," "yellow" or "green," and be connected to trusted resources.  

    Do you prefer to search resources on your own? Visit the NY Connects Resource Directory by clicking here. NY Connects links individuals of all ages and their caregivers to long term services and supports and provides one stop access to free, objective, comprehensive information and assistance.

    Caregiver Resources:

    Caregiver Links:

    • Today’s Caregiver
      Provides support and information on caring for the elderly
    • Well Spouse Association
      For husbands, wives and partners of those with chronic illness or a disability
    • Family Caregiver Alliance
      A Public voice for caregivers
    • Caregiving Blog
      Jane Gross from the New York Times shares her story about caring for her late mother
    • Lotsa Helping Hands
      A website where caregivers can create a calendar to coordinate services for the care receivers. A free services that keeps organize busy schedules.
    • The Alzheimer’s Association
      The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research

    The Caregiver Services Program is supported by a grant from the Administration on Community Living, New York State Office for Aging, and Broome County. Contributions are accepted to help support this program. All contributions are confidential and voluntary and no one is denied services due to an inability or unwillingness to contribute.

    To make a contribution, please send checks or money orders to Broome County Office for Aging, PO Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902