Care

Whether you are a family member or friend caring for an elderly person, you are investing much time and energy in this important role. Who is helping you?

We are…through the Caregiver Support Program. Our experienced geriatrics social workers provide information you need. They support you emotionally and they help you reduce the stress that comes with this rewarding yet often challenging job.

Many kinds of helpful support.

We offer you one-to-one counseling, telephone support, and two ongoing support groups. One support group is for caregiver sons and daughters; the other group is for caregiver spouses and partners. In either group, you’ll benefit from amazingly honest and open discussion of the issues that come with being a caregiver, from the challenges to the rewards. You’ll gain insights and strategies, and share your own wisdom.

“We’re fighting nature…and we need perspective. We need to be with other people who are going through it. The group protects you from the frustration and sense of loss, so you can protect the person you’re caring for. You see how other people are getting through it. Sue’s ideas really work…they make my parent happier.”

—Tobin K., caregiver support group member
“I’ve benefited from the group. Just having the support, in itself, is important. And I’ve gotten an overview of resource materials, which I need, since I’ve never dealt with anything like this before. There are bureaucracies you have to understand…Medicare. The group helps me figure it all out. Sue Group [leader] is a lovely human being, caring, wonderful. The group members say, “‘Try X’ or ‘Try Y’”— they have ideas. There should be more groups like this all over the country.”

—Francia Tobacman Smith, caregiver support group member

Both caregiver support groups cover these topics and many more:

  • How to become a fearless advocate for your loved one
  • How to take care of yourself and reduce stress
  • How to help an elderly person make decisions about their future medical care
  • How to deal with a hospital admission
  • How to manage medication
  • How to plan for home care…Medicare? Medicaid? Private pay?
  • Home care vs. nursing home care
  • Preventing falls
  • Preparing for future care needs
  • The healing power of humor

The Caregiver Support Program also offers you these services:

  • Help in evaluating care options (for example, home care, retirement community, nursing facility, or assisted living)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Help with a needs assessment (referrals and recommendations)
  • Information about how a person can document their wishes for future care

Caregiver support groups meetings:

  • Sons and Daughters Caregiver's Group
    Meets second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 10:00-11:30 am
  • Spouses and Partners Caregiver's Group
    Meets first and third Wednesday of each month, from 1:30-3:00 pm

For more information on either group, call Susan Group, LCSW, at: 212.206.1299, ext. 3.
She will be happy to speak with you.

Make an Appointment
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Senior Health
212.463.0101

House Calls
212.206.1299

Our patients can reach a doctor after 5 pm or on the weekends by calling
212.463.0101.