Caregiver Resource Center
The Caregiver Resource Center is a “one stop” service point addressing problems facing caregivers by offering information, training and support to caregivers of the elderly. The center works closely with other County and non-profit agencies to make the service network more accessible and responsive to caregivers.
The Center is a prime source for practical and comprehensive information. The Center is dedicated to helping caregivers in the County provide better care for their often homebound, elderly neighbors and relatives. At the same time, the Caregiver Resource Center will help caregivers take better care of themselves.
Specialized training programs, including the annual "Caregiver Educational Series" and individual assistance are provided to family members and friends caring for older loved ones, and to businesses and their employees trying to balance caregiving and job demands.
Caregiver Support Groups
The Caregivers for the Elderly Support Group was developed and dedicated to family caregivers regardless of the medical condition or type of disease the older care received may have. The Office facilitates monthly support groups located in Middletown and Newburgh. The Center has a listing of additional support groups for caregivers available at several locations throughout Orange County.
When: Every Wednesday at Noon Location: Online (Virtual Meeting) To register for upcoming caregiver events, please contact Hidalith Rincon at: HRincon@orangecountygov.com or 845-615-3733.
Service for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The Center works closely with the local “Relatives as Parents Program” (RAPP), which provides a variety of support services to those grandparents and other relatives serving as primary caregiver to children because the biological parents are unable or unwilling to do so.
A variety of community-based programs, such as adult day care and in-home personal care, can be accessed through the Center to provide caregivers a break from their caregiving responsibilities.
Caregiver Resource Center Library
Educational books, audio-visual materials, periodicals and other literature on various caregiving topics are available for loan to caregivers.
National Family Caregiver Support (NFCSP)
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.
- Are you over the age of 18 and caring for an older adult (age 60+)?
- 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)?
- Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for a child (not biological) under the age of 18?
- 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 survey: https://caregiver.tcare.ai/screener/app/orangecounty/tU8uZouulc67GWBlCp55P
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. 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.