OFA Caregiver Support Services

Caregiver Support Services are designed to offer informal caregivers such as family, friends, and neighbors of all ages to carry out caregiving responsibilities. Caregiver support services provide information and assistance (case management), caregiver training, respite in the form of level 1 and level 2 personal care assistance, consumer directed in-home services, in-home contact and support services, social adult day services, supplemental services of transportation, caregiver meals, and personal emergency response services. These services are defined as followed:


​New Caregiver Portal

Caring for loved a loved one and don't know where to start? New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and Aging-NY has given New York State caregivers free access to a Caregiver Portal 
through Trualta. For more information go to New York Caregiver

Assistance: ​ 



​Case Management

Services consist of assessment and reassessments, care planning, arranging for services, follow-up and monitoring and discharge planning. Case Managers are provided by our case workers who are certified by Boston University's School of Social Work's Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) program.

​Caregiver Trainings

Caregiver Trainings are provided by our CADER certified case workers and provide caregivers with instruction to improve knowledge and performance to specific skills related to their caregiver roles. We offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers, which is a six week class, developed to provide family caregivers information about self-care. Family caregivers will be given tools to reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; manage their emotions; and make tough caregiving decisions. This training is a space where caregivers can talk about how they feel by sharing their stories and struggles and hear others who are feeling the stress of caregiving. 

Respite: ​ 



We offer non-medical respite services for caregivers.  These services are available to provide companionship, supervision, and some assistance with personal needs so that a caregiver can have a break. 

Personal Care (PC) Services


Personal Care (PC) Services are non-medical care provided in two ways and is divides by levels:
     
        
Level 1 PC Services are in the form of household chores, shopping, laundry, preparing meals, managing money, escorting to appointments, and other essential task/errands.
       Level 2 PC Services are task that may include all of the level 1 assistance and also include bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, walking and transferring assistance, supervising and providing support to the consumer for their medication administration, routine skin care, and other essential non-medical care. 

The Washington County Office for Aging and Disabilities Resource Center will pay the full cost of all approved PC Services.  A contribution of $5.00 per hour is suggested to support the continuation of these services, 
but no one will be denied services because of an inability or unwillingness to contribute.

​Consumer Directed In-Home Personal Care Services

Consumer Directed In-Home Personal Care Services is a system in which the individual in need of care, or their family/caregiver determine what services are necessary. They do the decision making. It is a creative way to enable older American's to maintain their independence and dignity by making their own choices in the services they receive by directing their own care. This program enhances the ability of family members or other informal caregivers to for an older person in a home environment and can provide non-institutional respite supports. 

The Washington County Office for Aging and Disabilities Resource Center will pay the full cost of all approved In-home services.  A contribution of $5.00 per hour is suggested to support the continuation of these services, 
but no one will be denied services because of an inability or unwillingness to contribute.

Social Adult Day Services (SADS)

Social Adult Day Services (SADS) is a structured, comprehensive program which provides functionally impaired individuals with socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care, and nutrition in a protective setting. SADS provide caregivers an opportunity for much deserved respite. The Washington County Office for Aging and Disabilities Resource Center will pay the full cost of all approved SADS services. A contribution of $10.00 a day is suggested to support the continuation of these services, but no one will be denied service because of an inability or unwillingness to contribute.

There are also supplemental caregiver support services that include transportation, personal emergency response services (PERS) and home delivered meals. These programs can be found on our web pages. 
 

Support Groups:  ​

     

There are also a variety of caregiver support groups available throughout the Washington/Warren County areas. Washington County Aging and Disability Resource Center has provided a few links to help with your search of these support groups. If you need further assistance, please contact our office at (518)746-2420.

Conklin Center- Powerful Tools for the Caregiver - New Date

Alzheimer's Association Support Groups

Managing Caregiver Stress

Tips for the Family Caregiver

Alzheimer's Association- ALZ Connected- Online Support Group