Caregiver Support

Caregivers Resource Center (CRC)

The Cortland County Area Agency on Aging's CRC assists family caregivers by providing information, education, support and respite services. Services offered to caregivers of any age who provide care to an individual 60 years of age or older include:
  • Caregiving Counseling - is 1-on-1 counseling and support to caregivers.
  • Caregiver Resource Library - provides books and videos available for loan.
  • Caregiver Seminars - are educational programs offered in the community on all aspects of caregiving.
  • Caregiver Support Group - is a monthly facilitated meeting that provide caregivers with peer and professional support. This support group is generally scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month. This time may change around the holidays. Call for more information on this group.
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  • Caregiver Respite Program - provides limited respite for family caregivers through the services of a home care aide. Funding is limited for this program.
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) - are electronic emergency response units that signal a responder in case of an emergency.
  • Grab ‘N Go Information Notebooks - a tool contains valuable information that may be useful during doctor visits or a trip to the hospital.
  • Caregivers Resource Center - feature in The Senior News are articles about issues of interest to caregivers and links to local resources appear in every issue of the Area Agency on Aging's bimonthly newsletter.

There are an estimated 4.1 million caregivers in New York State. Yet more than half don’t even self-identify as caregivers. If you routinely provide help to a friend or family member, then you are a caregiver. This can include many activities: household tasks, transportation help, assisting with medical or self-care needs, and more.

A Caregiver's Guide

Caregivers Guide NYSOFA

The Cortland County Area Agency on Aging now offers TCARE!

The Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral Program is designed to support family members who are providing care to adults, of any age, with chronic or acute health conditions.

The process begins with an intake assessment to assess the caregiver and the care receiver. Key information is entered into a computer database, and scores are calculated for each of the key measures. The care manager is notified and will then contact you to offer the full assessment and to identify goals, strategies, and an initial list of recommended services and resources (e.g., respite services, skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling) from a catalog of 90 types of services.

These recommendations, including the type of services and the amount of services, are tailored to the caregiver’s needs, preferences, and availability. The care manager consults with the caregiver to discuss the findings and provides the caregiver with information to make informed choices on whether to use the recommended services and how the services will help with their caregiving needs. The process is repeated at 3-month intervals so that the care plan can be adjusted as appropriate.

If you would like to start the assessment process and have a care manager contact you, please click the link here: 


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