New York State Caregiver Guide Launch Event

The New York State Department of Health Caregiver Guide is a valuable source of information meant to help caregivers plan for the needs of the person they support, while also taking care of themselves.

Printed in large font on colorful, glossy pages, the 140-page Caregiver Guide comes in a custom-made box that includes a pen, a notepad and sticky notes in multiple colors. It also has places for note taking and comes in a sturdy box with a pocket for storing important papers and a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry.

Ten color-coded sections cover topics like "Communicating with Healthcare Professionals," "Legal and Financial Planning" and "Creating Your Care Team." The guide describes the various types of care available in New York State, provides contact information for important resources and explains legal issues that commonly impact caregivers and the people they support. Perhaps most importantly, the book emphasizes a team approach and reminds caregivers to take some time to care for themselves too.

The Guide was developed by caregiving experts at the State Department of Health, in collaboration with the New York State Office for the Aging. It was published with the support of the NYS Health Foundation, in collaboration with AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) foundation.

In this first pilot run, 1,000 copies have been printed for distribution and will be shared through caregiver programs located across New York State. A survey asking for feedback, as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope, has been packaged with the guide. The Department of Health intends to incorporate community feedback received during the pilot into a larger printing and future statewide distribution of the guide. The caregiver guide represents one of many actions New York State has taken to support caregivers.

New York State Caregiver Guide Launch Event

The New York State Department of Health Caregiver Guide was announced on December 19, 2018 at the Carter Burden Gallery in Manhattan, which is part of the Carter Burden Network, a leader in aging services in New York City. The Gallery features work by artists over the age of 60.

Video from the event