A $22,000 grant from the Westchester Community Foundation will help expand a caregiver coaching program to train more family caregivers in Westchester County.
The Liveable Communities Caregiver Coaching Program is a private/public partnership administered by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services. It is part of the larger Liveable Communities initiative, which helps residents stay in their homes as they age.
The grant will allow the program to hire a part-time Spanish-speaking person who has a master’s degree in social work.
The coaching program professionally trains volunteers who give family caregivers one-on-one support so that they can better care for an older or disabled person. Their role is to set priorities and make more informed decisions to handle their responsibilities.
There are an about 33,000 family caregivers in Westchester, according to the state’s Office of the Aging. For more information about the Caregiver Coaching program, call 914-813-6441 or e-mail email@example.com.