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CareConscious The Eight Tips for Healthy Caregiving Program
Caregiver’s Handbook English | Belorussian | Swedish
Caregiver Stress Quiz English | Greek | Spanish
Toula’s Tips for Caregivers
radio show

Buffalo, NY metro / New York State resources

Alzheimer’s Association – WNY Chapter

Vision – A world without Alzheimer’s.
Mission – To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research;
to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Chapter Headquarters: 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: 716-626-0600

American Red Cross Family Caregiving Program

More than 40 million Americans are helping to care for a sick or elderly loved one. If you are one of them, you should know about the Familiy Caregiving Program from the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter. This program is designed for people who help provide care for an elderly or chronically ill loved one. It’s an easy way for you to build caregiving skills and learn to reduce stress, understand legal, financial and medical issues, and balance work and home responsibilities.

Courses include:

  1. General Caregiving Skills: Prepares individuals who are family caregivers to measure their loved one’s vital signs such as pulse, respirations, and body temperature and how to assist with medications.
  2. Home Safety: Informs caregivers how to provide a safe environment for themselves and the loved ones in their care.
  3. Positioning and Helping Your Loved One Move: Prepares individuals who are family caregivers to safely position and help their loved one move.
  4. Assisting with Personal Care: Prepares individuals who are family caregivers to assist their loved one with personal care such as bathing, grooming and using the toilet.
  5. Healthy Eating: Prepares individuals who are family caregivers about good nutrition and how to help their loved one eat.
  6. Caring for the Caregiver: Prepares individuals who are family caregivers to care for their own health while caring for a loved one.
  7. Legal and Financial Issues: Informs caregivers about legal and financial issues that affect them and the loved one for whom they care.

Phone: 716-878-2395

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled

Provide individuals with developmental disabilities a wide range of services, including service coordination, housing, job training, and day activities.

Phone: 716-883-8002

Erie County Caregiver Coalition | Coalition Members | Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes

Mission – To promote community awareness, sensitivity to, and action around caregiving issues.

Phone: 888-696-9211 or 2-1-1

Hospice Buffalo

Are you caring for someone? The key to caregiving is to start by taking care of yourself.

Phone: 716-686-8077

Jewish Family Service 
– Every person in the JFS Buffalo service area coping with significant life challenge or personal change will have a lifeline that leads to new hope and compassionate care.

Mission – Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County partners with families, children and individuals of all beliefs and backgrounds to help them succeed in transition and overcome the challenges of everyday life.

Main Office: 70 Barker Street, Buffalo NY 14209
Phone: 716-883-1914

Jewish Community Healing Project

The Caregiver Support Program is an initiative of the Jewish Community Healing Project, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, and dedicated volunteers of the Western New York Jewish community. The goal is to provide information and support to informal caregivers of aging loved ones, and those caring for people of all ages with developmental disabilities or other physical or mental impairments.

Niagara County Caregiver Program

If you are a wife, husband, daughter, son, grandparent, grandchild, or neighbor caring for a loved one or friend…… YOU are a Caregiver.
If you are the person running to the store, cleaning the house, scheduling doctor appointments, or providing 24 hour intensive care……YOU are a Caregiver.
If you are a person trying to help someone remain in their own home, or yours……YOU are a Caregiver and we can help.

Phone: 716-438-4033

People Inc

Through a variety of services including residential, employment, community outreach, health care and recreation programs, we help seniors, families and people with disabilities live more healthy, independent and productive lives.

Phone: 716-634-8132

Statewide Caregiving and Respite Coalition of New York (SCRCNY)

A statewide, cross-disability, cross-generational caregiving and respite coalition that was borne out of agencies and individuals understanding the need to build strong coalitions to advance caregiver policy and program issues in New York State. The Coalition, as recommended by the New York State Family Caregiver Council, supports and fosters cooperative efforts and communication among state, county, community, and faith-based organizations that serve and advocate for caregivers and the loved ones they care for. Informal caregivers from across the lifespan – caregivers of elderly individuals and caregivers of adults and children with special needs – have a valuable role in the health and long term care system because of the care they provide. This unpaid care saves billions of dollars in state and federal funds and helps their loved ones to remain in their homes. The mission of the Coalition is to provide support services for caregiver and respite programs by fostering cooperative efforts to develop public awareness, advocacy, professional development and fund development. In New York, there are an estimated 2.2 million family caregivers providing care at an estimated annual value of $25 billion. New York ranks third in the nation, behind California and Florida, in the number of informal caregivers.

Main Office: 45 Colvin Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
Phone: 518-465-0641

Yad B’Yad

Provides outreach, advocacy and program support that assists people with disabilities to achieve full participation, membership and inclusion in Jewish life in Western New York. The purpose of these efforts is to enrich the spiritual and communal lives of individuals with and without disabilities by expanding friendships, sharing mutual talents, and fostering an appreciation of individual differences.

Phone: 716-923-0020

National / International resources

AARP Caregiving10 Ways to Deal With Caregiver Stress


Faithful Reform in Health Care

A national interfaith coalition of organizations and individuals promoting a faith-inspired vision for a health care future that is inclusive, accessible, affordable and accountable.

Health Care in Jewish Law

Jewish Sacred Aging

Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health

National Care Planning Council

National Center for Jewish Healing

The National Center for Jewish Healing helps communities meet the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss and significant life challenges.

Shared Care program, Boca Raton, FL

Shared Care, created by Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, St. Joan of Arc and First Presbyterian Church, is an interfaith respite program for caregivers and meets every Wednesday from 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM at Temple Beth El. Designed to give caregivers a day off, trained volunteers (on a 2 to 1 ratio) lead those in need of care in discussions on current events, sing-a-longs, table games, arts and crafts, and chair exercises.

Union of Reform Judaism

Books And Music – To Honor and Respect | Table of Contents

Americans are living – and enjoying life – longer than ever, a demographic trend that creates many challenges and opportunities for synagogues. To Honor and Respect is designed to help congregations respond to the longevity of revolution by helping older Jewish adults see their synagogues not just as places for life-cycle events but as sacred communities of meaning. A culmination of the sacred aging project of the URJ Department of Family Concerns, To Honor and Respect presents original…

Books And Music – That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves

The aging of a loved one can be a difficult experience for everyone. The language of diagnosis, hospitals, and old age homes is often distressing, even painful for all of those involved.That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves offers Jewish perspectives on helping those close to us as they grow older as well as perspectives to help us deal with our own feelings of confusion and anguish at such times.That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring…

Yachad – National Jewish Council for Disabilities

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