If you are caring for an older person, there may be times when you feel you are the only person in the world in your situation, but the truth is, you’re not alone. Caregiver services are vital to keeping older people in their homes. The Office for the Aging has caregiver programs and services which provide our caregivers with much needed support.
Counseling for Caregivers:
Counseling is available over the phone, in the office, or in the home if necessary. You can share your concerns about managing both the practical and emotional aspects of caring for a loved one with physical or mental limitations. Counseling is provided by the Caregiver Services Coordinator.
Consultation and Referral Service:
Our caregiver services program can assist you with navigating through the various stages of being a caregiver. We can assist with referrals to programs that may give you a much need break in the home, or someone to stay with your loved one while you work, to assisting you with potentially figuring out what the next stage may be. We can speak to you about your plans and guide you in the next direction.
Caregiver Respite Program:
Taking a break from day to day care giving responsibilities is often referred to as “respite”. It is a short time or rest or relief. Caregiver services through Office for the Aging and partnering agencies provide small respite programs for caregivers. Office for the Aging has three different kinds of respite programs available.
Supplemental services are available to caregivers to purchase services or items not covered by insurance, other programs or other funding sources. This funding is available on a limited basis and an application is required.
Caregiver supplemental application
Caregiver’s Corner Resource Center:
Our caregiver resource center is an information center where care givers can obtain materials pertaining to topics that are of importance to them. We have books and materials available for care givers to borrow and take home, as well as brochures and videos. We have a section of the caregiver resource center that is specifically information from the Alzheimer’s Association. If you don’t find what you are looking for, we are more than happy to do some research to assist you with the information you need.
The Caregiver newsletter is a quarterly publication that educates and supports caregivers by addressing topics and issues that are of interest to elders and the people who care for them. This newsletter also keeps caregivers informed of upcoming activities in the community.
Fall 2021 Newsletter
Summer 2021 Newsletter
Spring 2021 Newsletter
Winter 2020/2021 Newsletter
Includes workshops, courses and health fairs that are held in the community. A caregiver services person is also available, at no charge, to speak to area churches, businesses and other organizations on a variety of topics related to the elderly.
Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (T-CARE):
T-Care is a care management protocol designed to support family members who are providing care to adults, of any age, with chronic or acute health conditions. TCARE is grounded in the Caregiver Identity Theory, which conceptualizes caregiving as a series of transitions that result from changes in the caregiving context and in personal norms that are grounded in familial roles and culture. Click HERE to begin your T-Care Caregiver Assessment.
Caregiver Support Groups
Caregiver support groups are on hold due to COVID-19 - Please call the OFA for information on support services - 315-349-3484
Alzheimer's Support Groups
- Oswego Alzheimer's Support Group - Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7 p.m. Manor at Seneca Hill, Adult Day Health Room, 20 Manor Dr., Oswego. Phone: 315-349-5344
- Central Square Alzheimer's Support Group - Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 7 p.m. First Universalist Church of Central Square, 3243 Fulton Ave.
Bereavement Support Groups
Cancer Support Groups
- Cancer Support Group (Care givers and patients) - Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 4-5:30 p.m. Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY, 5008 Brittonfield Pkwy, 3rd Floor, East Syracuse. Phone: 315-472-7504
- Breast Cancer Support Group - Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month, 4-5:30 p.m. Hematology Oncology Assoc. of CNY, 5008 Brittonfield Pkwy, 3rd Floor, East Syracuse. Phone: 315-472-7504
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group
- Oswego County MS Self Help Group - Meets 2nd Thursday of the month 7 p.m.. Fulton Medical Center, 510 S. 4th St., Fulton. Phone: 315-342-3296
Web Sites For Caregivers