Drive a family member,
friend or neighbor to doctor appointments?
Make meals for someone?
Help someone with household chores such as meal preparation, cleaning and grocery shopping?
Assist someone with personal business affairs, such as bill paying?
Provide hands-on care, such
as bathing or assistance with eating?
Help someone to make decisions about health care?
Care for a child with special needs?
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Governor Cuomo Signs CARE Act into Law
On Tuesday October 27th, Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature on the CARE Act punctuated a clear and decisive victory for family caregivers throughout New York State. New York becomes the 18th state to pass such a bill, which will go into effect in the Spring of 2016.
New York State Office for the Aging Director Corinda Crossdale on the CARE Act's passing:
“Governor Cuomo’s signing of the CARE Act fulfills a long-awaited promise to New York’s caregivers. Nearly 3 million family, friends and neighbors in New York State are serving as informal caregivers to their loved ones by proving direct care to older adults, younger adults and children who have special needs. Caregivers in New York’s aging network system provide care to a much older and frail population, many of whom have significant health problems requiring intensive care or supervision. The Care Act helps these caregivers to better prepare for providing care to a loved one who has been discharged from a hospital. It requires hospitals to provide caregiver training, including instructions and a demonstration on aftercare.”
AARP New York Director Beth Finkel:
"The CARE Act will ensure family caregivers are well-prepared to provide quality care to their loved ones. Including designated caregivers in patients' medical records, ensuring they receive advance notification of discharge and transfer, and proactively offering them instruction and demonstration in aftercare health tasks will reduce caregivers' anxiety and stress and give them the knowledge and tools they need.
The labor of love they provide would be worth over $31 billion a year in New York if it had to be performed by paid aides. The CARE Act is both compassionate and cost-effective, helping New Yorkers age safely at home - as the vast majority want - rather than in costly, taxpayer-funded institutional settings. As our healthcare system faces increasing strains from an aging population, common sense solutions like the CARE Act are becoming more valuable than ever."
NYSCRC 2015: Tuesday, November 10th in Albany
This fall, the New York State Caregiving & Respite Conference returns to the Albany Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. Bringing together family caregivers and the professionals who support them, this year's event will feature three of the nation's most important voices on caregiver topics and solutions.
Once again, you can attend the annual NYSCRC Conference for the low cost of $20.00 (which includes lunch). To learn more about the conference and to register to attend, visit our events page by clicking here.
NYSCRC Releases Information Brief on Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers was created nearly 20 years ago with the goal of providing an evidence-based format for family caregivers to improve their skills and cope with the everyday challenges of caring for an aging or disabled loved one. Over the past decade, a number of communities around New York State have embraced Powerful Tools, touting the many ways in which caregivers who complete the program have benefited from the experience.
NYSCRC's first Information Brief focuses on this unique program, and highlights its use throughout the state, in urban, suburban and rural communities alike. To learn more about Powerful Tools for Caregivers, read the Information Brief now.
Caregiver Respite: How Do You Define It?
NYSCRC had the honor of presenting "Volunteer Respite: A Solution for Caregivers in Need" on the first day of the annual Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference in Albany on June 9th. To start, we asked the audience to use a few words to describe a successful caregiver respite program in their community. For those who don't have an exisiting program, we encouraged them to describe what an idea
Community Collaboration Aims to Bring Greater Awareness to Caregiver Issues, Expand Respite Opportunities
On Thursday, March 20th, an alliance of over a dozen organizations throughout the Rochester (Monroe County) area introduced a new campaign focusing on the needs of family caregivers. This comprehensive community impact campaign featured the launch of HelpACaregiver.org, a single point of entry for caregivers, or those concerned about a caregiver they know, to connect with the services they need.
This multi-layered program was made possible through grant funding from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and includes recruitment of volunteer "caregiver companions" to help give caregivers a break by providing respite services. Another important goal of this initiative is make sure caregivers are lined up with services they can benefit from much earlier on in their caregiving journey.
The Rochester Advertising Council enlisted the help of Antithesis Advertising and other providers of creative services, who donated their time to build the creative campaign necessary to promote this important community program. The Ad Council also facilitated the donation of media time/space to make sure these television spots and print ads reach a broad audience, ensuring maximum impact.
Support services and resources for caregivers are available across New York State. Click here for a county by county listing.
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