Caregiver Support Group Resources
Here is a listing of some caregiver support groups and services
Long Island Caregiver Coaching Program
Managed by the Peconic Bay Medical Center/Northwell Health in Riverhead, this AARP Long Island-affiliated program is housed within a Caregiver Center that offers trained volunteer “coaches” who support families providing care for loved ones at the Medical Center, as well as those recovering at home. While the Caregiver Center primarily serves residents in Eastern Suffolk County, Northwell plans to open up a similar facility in Manhasset. For information, call 631-548-6259.
Caregiver support groups offer a safe and comfortable place for caregivers to talk about the experiences of caregiving, share resources and ideas—and help care for each other. Most groups hold regular meetings, often with a facilitator who is a health-care professional or social worker.
There are dozens of support groups throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, sponsored by government and social service agencies, adult day care programs, religious institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, senior centers, “Y’s,” and community social service agencies. Here are some resources to help find a support group in your area:
The Nassau County Office for the Aging (Help Line: 516-227-8900) coordinates monthly support groups for caregivers of the frail elderly in Long Beach and Elmont. The office also has an extensive listing of support groups on its Nassau*NYConnects website (Go to www.nassaucountyny.gov/PublicCRD, click Category, then Support Groups & Counseling).
The Suffolk County Office for the Aging (Help Line: 631-853-8200) has contracted with the Family Service League (FSL) and Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) to provide individual counseling, caregiver support groups, educational programs and workshops. Information on support group locations may be obtained by calling the Office for the Aging, FSL (631-369-0104, if you live or work in Eastern Brookhaven, the East End or the Twin Forks) or JASA (631-724-6300, if you live or work in Western Brookhaven, Babylon, Islip, Huntington or Smithtown).
Town and Local Government Offices. The senior citizen divisions of several towns also administer caregiver support groups and provide information and referrals to local groups sponsored by adult day care programs, religious institutions, hospitals, libraries, senior centers, and community social service agencies. For more information, see the description of services in this Resource Guide under the listing of Town & City Government Resources.
2-1-1 Long Island (www.211long island.org; Help Line: 1-888-774-7633). This free information and referral service that connects Long Island residents to a wide array of health and human services, including dozens of caregiver support groups (search for caregiving), respite services and adult day care programs.
Caring for the Caregiver (www.caringforthecaregiver.org; 516-921-0755). This nonprofit group offers caregiver support groups in several locations around Long Island.