Resources for Caregivers

Published Monday, March 4, 2019

This week, on March 3rd, we celebrated Caregivers Appreciation Day. As Americans live longer, more and more adults are assuming the role of caregiver. According to one statistic, 40% of Americans have experience providing long-term care to an older family member or friend. The effects of caring for someone with a chronic illness, an incapacitating physical condition, or Alzheimer’s or a related dementia are multiple. Caregivers can feel stressed financially, socially, and/or emotionally and often do not receive the vital support they need to best care for their loved one.

WJCS offers a variety of services and programs for caregivers living in Westchester County, from specially trained home health aides to care consultation, support groups, and seminars. They include:

Addressing Alzheimer’s — Services include:

▪    Care Consultation and Clinical Assessment

▪    Individualized Care Planning

▪    Resource Referrals

▪    Individual and Group Counseling

▪    Discussion and Completion of Advanced Directives

▪    Specialized Home Care and Respite Services

▪    Support group meetings (for People with Alzheimer’s or related dementia and a concurrent group for CAREGIVERS of participants in this group 

For more information on the WJCS Alzheimer's  and dementia initiative, contact Heidi Weiss, [email protected] or 914-761-0600 x144.

View the Alzheimer’s Support Group Spring 2019 schedule and Dementia Support Group Spring 2019 schedule.

WJCS’ Pathways to Care — Services include:

▪   Needs assessment 

▪   Home, office, and hospital visits

▪   Supportive individual, family, and group counseling

▪   Referrals to resources

▪   Discussion and assistance in completing advance directives

▪   Advocacy (insurance, financial, legal)

▪   Assistance navigating complex medical systems

▪   Emotional support at end of life

▪   Bereavement counseling for individuals, families and groups 

▪   On-site grief counseling 

▪   Chronic illness support group   

 For more information, contact Gillian Rittmaster, LCSW, co-coordinator 914-761-0600 x142; [email protected] or Jane Slevin, LMFT, coordinator 914-761-0600 x143; [email protected] 

 WJCS’ Family Caregiver Network —Services include: 

For Individuals:

▪    Individual and family assessments

▪    Family care planning

▪    Support groups

▪    Referral resources 

For Staff/Patients:

▪    On-site support

▪    Caregiver support groups

▪    Referral resources

For more information, contact Jane Slevin, coordinator  914-761-0600 x143; [email protected]

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