The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free support services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Northern New York state, is continuing to support and provide services to caregivers through alternative methods. The decision to do so is in accordance with the guidelines instituted by the New York State Department of Health to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
As a result, depending on the program, some of our support services are resuming to an in-person model, while other programs still provide you with alternative options to participate. No matter how you chose to connect with Caregiver Support Initiative, we want you to know that we are still here to support you throughout every step of your caregiving journey.
The Caregiver Support Initiative offers many free services to ease the stress that is felt by caregivers of those with dementia including support groups, care consultations, education workshops, Project LifeSaver, respite, memory cafes and Caregiver Conferences throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties.
Care Navigators are available to speak with caregivers where they are most comfortable, including:
- Over the phone
- In-person at the caregiver’s home
- Our offices in Plattsburgh and Queensbury; or
- Another convenient location as designated by the caregiver
Project LifeSaver and respite coordination is also being provided in-person, over the phone or by mail.
Some of our support groups have transitioned back to in-person locations. We will continue to offer a video chat and/or telephone option with a support group facilitator for those who prefer that method.
Education workshops will be provided via telephone, video conference, web-based seminars and in-person for individuals, groups, informal caregivers and professional caregivers.
Memory cafes and caregiver conferences are being held virtually via Zoom for the remainder of 2021. Check back here for more information as we begin to offer more programs and services in-person.
All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines, including staying 6 feet apart at all in-person events. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Caregivers who are looking for support are encouraged to contact their Care Navigator, whose contact information is available here. Caregivers can also find a list of current events on the Initiative’s Facebook page and can call Education Coordinator Kristen Osterhoudt at (518) 832-4992 for more information. For general inquiries, please call us at 1(800)388-0199.