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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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 ideal one would look like. We were fortunate to get a great response from our audience, a mix of coalition members and other professionals interested in the topic. Here are a handful of the responses we received:
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.
New York State Receives Award for Lifespan Respite Care Program
Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL)/Administration on Aging (AOA) announced New York was one of 17 states to receive 2014 grant funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program. The grant proposal was developed by the NYS Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) with support from the New York State Lifespan Respite Program Core Team partners that includes New York Connects, Monroe County Office for the Aging (MCOFA), and Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc. as sponsor of the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC).
Over the next three years NYSOFA, NY Connects, NYSCRC and MCOFA will be working to continue building a coordinated Lifespan Respite Program that is fully integrated into the New York State Long Term Services and Supports System (LTSS) and fully sustainable beyond the period of Federal funding. Updates on the work being done will be included in the NYSCRC newsletter and posted to the NYSCRC web site.
Please read the press release from ACL/AOA for more details on the grant and a link to details on the Lifespan Respite Care Program.
Support services and resources for caregivers are available across New York State. Click here for a county by county listing.
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Supporting You: New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC), supports all people engaged in caregiving,
and is dedicated to quality and accessible respite for all ages, conditions and disabilities.
New York State Caregiving & Respite Coalition c/o Lifespan 1900 S. Clinton Avenue Rochester, NY 14618 585-244-8400E-mail NYSCRC