Family Caregiver Support Services
Services including case management, information and referral, counseling, support groups, training and respite have been developed under Title III-E of the Older Americans Act. This program helps sustain family caregivers in their efforts to care for an older relative who has a chronic illness or disability. The Office for the Aging coordinates a variety of services. These services are designed to complement, not replace, family care. Priority is given to caregivers 60 years and older with the greatest social and economic need.
Information and Assistance:
Caseworkers and Senior Citizen Advocates from the Suffolk County Office for the Aging will answer questions and give assistance from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on weekdays. Assistance may include:
- Information and Referrals
- Guiding and connecting caregivers to needed services for themselves and their family members
- Assisting caregivers with applications for benefit programs
Counseling, Support Groups and Training through Office for the Aging is offered by the following provider Agencies:
- Family Service League (FSL) 631-369-0104, if you live or work in Eastern Brookhaven, the East End or the Twin Forks
- Jewish Agency for Services for the Aged (JASA) 631-724-6300, if you live or work in Western Brookhaven, Babylon, Islip, Huntington or Smithtown
Counseling is offered in the offices of Family Service League (FSL) and Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) or, if necessary, in the home of the caregiver. Caregivers may contact the agencies directly or be referred by the Office for the Aging.
Support Groups for caregivers have formed in various areas of Suffolk County. Information on support group locations may be obtained by calling the Office for the Aging, FSL or JASA.
Hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities may also offer a caregiver support groups.
Training for Caregivers
Sessions may be scheduled in the work place or at local libraries, schools or houses of worship. Speakers from various fields of expertise give practical information about legal and financial issues, end of life decisions, stress release techniques, nutrition, and many other topics of interest to caregivers. Call FSL or JASA.
Respite for Family Caregivers
Respite for caregivers is available through the Office for the Aging’s Family Caregiver Support Program. This service gives caregivers the opportunity to run errands, read a book, attend family functions, take a short vacation or tend to their own health needs. To inquire about respite, call Office for the Aging.
How Much Will it Cost?
There is no cost for the program; however, all participants are given an opportunity to make a contribution. All contributions are used to expand the program and will be greatly appreciated.