Are You a Caregiver?
Perhaps you are doing things for your parent or spouse that they used to do themselves – like regularly running errands? paying bills? picking up medications? driving them to the doctor? arranging home care? preparing their meals? helping them dress? If you’re spending more and more of your time and your physical and emotional energy seeing to the well-being of an older person you care about, you’re a caregiver.
If you have primary responsibility for your grandchild or another young relative and are dealing with everything from behavior issues to school, medical appointments and legal and financial issues, you're a caregiver.
You may not think of yourself as a caregiver because in your view you’re not doing anything out of the ordinary – It's only natural for family members to take care of each other.
But caregiving can be very stressful. It can affect your quality of life and even your health. It’s important to get the services and supports you need to help you cope.
Caregiver programs in every borough can assist you with:
- Information about available services.
- Assistance in accessing entitlements and benefits.
- Individual counseling, support groups and workshops on topics of interest to caregivers.
- Respite or temporary relief on a limited basis. Respite can include in-home care, adult day service or overnights in a nursing home.
- Supplemental services. These complement the care provided by caregivers and can include assistive devices, personal emergency response systems, health equipment or supplies, and transportation.
These programs don't replace what you do. They help you be a better caregiver.
Find a Caregiver Program in your borough
One of the best sources of information for caregivers in New York City is NYC Caregiver. NYC Caregiver offers a wealth of information, resources and links for caregivers and grandparent caregivers. Topics range from caring for yourself to dealing with legal and financial issues.