This collaborative service network will support and impact caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia across seven counties in Western New York. The goal is to expand the safety net for caregivers by recognizing and addressing the need for supports and stress reduction strategies.
Five core services, including care consultation, family consultation, support groups, education and training programs, and respite, will be provided to improve the mental or physical well-being of caregivers.The service areas will provide:
● Care consultation to the caregiver and family members, which incorporates personalized assessment, service plan development, troubleshooting and periodic updates. It considers and incorporates patient and caregiver needs, resource management, continuity in care, and links to community services.
● Family consultation provided by trained professionals and offering an opportunity to bring caregivers and family members together to discuss issues of common concern, strategies to address them and the opportunity to learn together in a safe, facilitated environment.
● Caregiver support groups designed to provide emotional support, information and resources for caregivers to share strategies, and lessons learned with other caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's.
● Education and training programs, such as the evidence-based Powerful Tools for Caregivers class, will provide necessary information to enable the caregiver to navigate through the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
● Respite to deliver relief to caregivers who provide care and support to individuals with Alzheimer's disease by offering a temporary reprieve from the stresses associated with caregiving.
Members of the Western New York Alzheimer's Caregiver Collaborative, including Catholic Charities, which is leading the caregiver support initiative are Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter; Erie County Department of Senior Services; Allegany County Office for the Aging; Cattaraugus County Department of Aging; Chautauqua County Office for the Aging; Genesee County Office for the Aging; Niagara County Office for the Aging; and Wyoming County Office for the Aging.
For more information, call (716) 896-6388.