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Caregiver Support Services


Caregivers play a crucial role in the lives of aging friends and family. Whether providing daily or routine care and assistance, offering emotional support, helping to manage a chronic disease or disability, or simply being a companion, a caregiver provides comfort and compassionate care to friends and loved ones. Caregivers also share in daily activities like shopping, paying bills, running errands, and providing transportation.

When you find it hard to care for a family member or friend due to aging or illness, or you and your loved one are facing the challenges to remain independent in your home or apartment, Schenectady County's Senior and Long Term Care Caregiving Support Services Program may be able to help.

Caregiver Supports Include:

Support Groups

Free 1-hour support groups throughout Schenectady County. Meet and connect with other active caregivers.

One-On-One Counseling

Individual support on issues to help caregivers make decisions and solve problems related their caregiving role.

Training and Workshops

Access to information and training, free workshops, and forums that empower you in your role as a caregiver.

Am I Eligible?

Do you provide unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbor who has an illness, disability, memory loss, or injury? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a caregiver! Are you feeling overwhelmed, constantly worried, tired, sad, easily irritated, and/or extremely stressed? You are not alone and there is support available. If you would like to learn more about resources, tools, and supports available for caregivers, please answer the following questions to get connected to the right starting place. 


Are you over the age of 18 and caring for an older adult (age 60+)?

Are you over the age of 18 caring for an individual (any age) with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (e.g., dementia, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, chronic traumatic encephalopathy)?

Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for a child (not biological) under the age of 18?

Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for an adult (can be a biological child) aged 18-59 with a disability?

Answered YES to any of the questions above...

You are eligible for the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The goal of the NFCSP is to support family caregivers so they may continue to carry out their caregiving roles and responsibilities. The program can provide services such as caregiver counseling, information and assistance, caregiver training, respite care (a break from caregiving), and much more. If you would like to learn more about how this program can assist you, please contact Schenectady County Senior and Long Term Care.


Answered NO to all the questions or you are not interested in learning about the resources available through the NFCSP...

Help is still available to you through the Any Care Counts - New York which recognizes and supports the millions of unpaid caregivers across the state! Through Any Care Counts - New York you can discover your caregiver intensity score by taking the ARCHANGELS Caregiver Intensity Index. It takes just 2 minutes to complete. You will find out whether you are “in the red," "yellow" or "green," and be connected to trusted resources.  

Do you prefer to search resources on your own? Visit the NY Connects Resource Directory. NY Connects links individuals of all ages and their caregivers to long term services and supports and provides one-stop access to free, objective, comprehensive information and assistance.


Upcoming Support Groups & Workshops

View a complete list of upcoming support groups, workshops, and events hosted by Schenectady County Senior and Long Term Care.

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(518) 382-8481 x1

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