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New York City Caregiving Resources

Whether you’re a caregiver yourself or know someone who is, knowing where to turn for help and information is invaluable. Understanding how to navigate all that goes into home care services helps everyone stay on the same page. 

The resources below might help you or a loved one approach care planning confidently and effectively. No matter what life throws your way, know you are not alone. There are people and materials out there that can give you some guidance and extra support.

Key Takeaways

  • You can find information about in-home care services for yourself or a family member using resources from various state and federal government offices.
  • Those looking for information specific to New York — such as the CDPAP program — should consult the New York Department of Health and New York Medicaid offices for more information.
  • If you’re interested in becoming a caregiver or simply want to learn more about health and wellness in older adults, you can visit resources like the Administration for Community Living to connect with peers and discover new insights.

New York State Resources

The following resources are courtesy of various government offices throughout the state of New York.

1. NY Department of Health Home Safety Checklist

This is a booklet of checklists that can help you check your home for common health and safety hazards. Follow the listed tips to lower your or your care recipient’s risk of injury at home. The PDF can be viewed digitally, downloaded, and printed.

2. NY Department of Health Medicaid Program

Information on the New York State Medicaid program can be found at this hub. The page lists everything you need to know about Medicaid in New York, including how to apply, eligibility requirements, Medicaid news, and more.

3. New York Association for Independent Living

The New York Association on Independent Living, or NYAIL, is a statewide membership association for Independent Living Centers throughout New York. Its goal is to support statewide efforts to remove barriers for people with disabilities. This is a great place to find disability-specific resources or to learn about support programs that you may be able to benefit from.

4. New York Connects

  • Phone: 800-342-9871

New York (NY) Connects is a resource for free information about long-term care services in New York State. Here, you can find information for people of all ages or with any type of disability and learn more about support options or find specific services you need.

5. New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs

  • Phone: 888-838-7697

A collection of programs, services, and written resources for veterans and their families. Find everything from housing information to employment opportunities and information about veteran benefits all in one place.

6. New York State Office for the Aging

  • Phone: 1-844-NYSOFA1 or 1-844-697-6321

The New York Office for the Aging provides programming and creates resources for older adults, families, friends, and caregivers. Anyone looking for more information on age-related challenges and support can turn to the Office for the Aging for help.

7. New York State Home Care Registry

The Home Care Registry, hosted by the NY Department of Health, compiles information about home care workers who have completed state-approved training into one database. Visitors can search for specific care workers or find professionals to fit their needs. The registry takes much of the guesswork out of finding an appropriate home care provider and connects patients to professionals.

Caregiver Support Resources

Below are some additional resources from federal and state offices aimed at supporting and empowering caregivers.

1. New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition

Also known as NYSCRC, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition is a partnership of individuals and organizations committed to supporting family caregivers. Members can access training and education that helps them learn more about caregivers, their needs, and how to empower them. The Coalition also focuses on increasing caregivers’ access to respite care resources.

2. New York State Office of Mental Health

  • Phone: 800-597-8481

Through the Office of Mental Health, you can find a mental health service provider, learn more about mental health, and access resources that make finding the care you may need easier. For caregivers, prioritizing mental health and knowing how to access resources — such as therapy — that help can be a key part of avoiding burnout or caregiver strain.

6. Alzheimer’s Association: New York Coalition

The NY Coalition of the Alzheimer’s Association specifically focuses on how Alzheimer’s disease (or other forms of dementia) impacts residents throughout New York. It lists statistics, provides informational resources, and attempts to spread awareness about dementia care in New York.

CDPAP Resources

Delve into New York’s CDPAP program with these resources from the state. Check out our full New York CDPAP guide here for even more information.

1. New York Department of Health CDPAP Overview

This resource from the New York Department of Health explains what the CDPAP program is, who it’s for, and how you can take advantage of it. The page also links to other helpful materials for older adults, their families, and their caregivers. If you have a question about CDPAP, this is likely the resource to turn to.

2. How to Apply for NY Medicaid (Department of Health)

Learn how to apply for Medicaid and other services in New York, including CDPAP, using this portal from the Department of Health. Here, you’ll find information about documentation, contact information, and anything else you might need to apply for coverage.

Thinking About Becoming a Caregiver?

Visit any of the following resources to learn about daily living as a caregiver, including key responsibilities, job training, education, and more.

1. MedlinePlus Information for Caregivers

This breakdown of information for caregivers was created by the National Library of Medicine (at the National Institute of Health). It explains what a caregiver is and what caregivers do, among many other things. It also outlines different skills and details prospective caregivers may want to add to their arsenal.

2. Medicare Resources & Information for Caregivers

This robust compilation of resources and information is designed for caregivers, patients, and relatives alike. Those interested in caregiving can explore the page’s list of websites and checklists and learn how to start their journey.

3. Administration for Community Living: Support to Caregivers

This list from the Administration for Community Living details ACL resources for caregivers to help them maintain their well-being and provide the best care possible. 

4. Administration on Aging

Another great find from the ACL is the Administration on Aging, which provides information specific to age-related challenges and needs.

We hope these resources guide you to meaningful conversations and discoveries that help make your caregiving experience positive. When in doubt, know you can always turn to materials like these to discover how to move forward.

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