What is a Caregiver?
A “caregiver” is a family member, friend, neighbor, or other concerned person. A “caregiver” gives physical, emotional, financial, or other support to an older adult, disabled person, or child who has a physical or mental condition and needs help with daily activities. Daily activities can include showering, eating, walking, using the bathroom, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, etc. You may need some type of caregiver support and services to help you. You may benefit from one of the other Respite Care Options (see the “Frequently Asked Questions” section for more information about Caregivers and Respite) that offer small breaks from caregiver activities. Below are some options to think about:
What Best Describes Your Situation As A Caregiver?
The situations you face may force you to make quick choices about what care and services you need. Here are some events that might happen and steps to take if you are in a similar situation:
I’m caring for someone in my house and am getting worn out. I need help. Where can I find out what is available?
I am a long distance care giver. Where can I find out what services are available in Genesee County?
I am a long distance care giver. Where can I find out what services are available in other counties or states? For persons in need of help who are over age 60, contact Eldercare Locator at www.eldercare.acl.gov or 1-800-677-1116. For persons who are under age 60 that need help, contact DisabilityInfo.Gov at www.disabilityinfo.gov
How can I help the person I’m caring for take care of healthcare decisions and financial matters? Go to the “Plan Ahead-Advance Directives” section
If you or the person you are caring for is age 60 or older or is a disabled adult or child, NY Connects Genesee Care Options has information about supportive services for you. We offer the help you need. Counseling services for more difficult relationship problems, such as arguing with family members, are offered from several agencies. Call NY Connects Genesee Care Options/Office for the Aging at 585-343-1611 or Go to Quick Reference Guide and look for “Counseling/Support groups” or “Mental Health Services” or our website’s Resource Directory for further information.
When you just don’t know what to do or where to turn, call NY Connects Genesee Care Options/Office for the Aging at (585) 343-1611 for help.