Family caregivers who are assisting an aging, ill or disabled family member or friend can take part in a range of programs and services offered through The Caregiver Resource Center, a program offered in partnership by CCE Sullivan and the Sullivan County Office of the Aging. We invite you to explore these pages, find out about what we offer, and call or come by to take advantage of all that we offer.
Caregivers make up all segments of our community~ Mothers & Fathers, Husbands & Wives,Sons & Daughters. The Office for the Aging knows that 80% of all care that is received by our older population is given through an informal care system made up of family members, friends and neighbors.
Their compassionate care & determination makes it possible for an elderly, ill or frail family member or friend to receive the help where and when they need it.
The multiple responsibilities of a caregiver equals a job and a half!
If not for all of the support provided by our informal caregivers, many elderly Sullivan County residents could not stay in their homes.
Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Office for the Aging of Sullivan County work together to help both the senior and the caregiver. Services assist those who are caring for a family member and help the senior to remain in the lifestyle of their choosing for as long as possible.
Caregivers can call the CRC for general assistance, and for referrals to area agencies that would provide services appropriate to their unique situation.
Family Caregiver Support Groups
Family caregivers are welcome to join a weekly support group providing a safe, non-judgmental environment in which caregivers can talk openly with each other about their issues and concerns.
The weekly Zoom meetings are held Wednesdays at 6:30pm and caregivers need to register in advance and they will then be able to attend all future meetings. Caregivers may join in either by phone or by computer.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
The Caregiver Resource Center, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter, hosts two monthly meetings for caregivers assisting an individual with Alzheimer's disease or any form of dementia. At the present time, these will be virtual meetings, conducted by ZOOM conferencing, and participants can join by phone or the internet. *(We will return to Action Toward Independence in the future when COVID-19 safety measures allow it).
The groups provide an opportunity to chat with others who can offer helpful suggestions and a safe space to share.
Meetings are offered on the second Monday of the month at 4 and on the third Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m.
The Office for the Aging Case Managers coordinate support services, meeting the senior’s needs. Caregivers are invited to participate in these support plans. The Office for the Aging can be contacted at (845) 794-3000 ext. 5000.
A temporary break from caregiving responsibilities can be arranged by utilizing adult day services, in-home care or short-term placement in a long-term care facility. Arrangements are made by the Office for the Aging.
The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.
Last updated November 13, 2020