2007-08-31 / Community

Short Term In-Home Care For Elderly

NYFSC 'Respite Care'Offers New Program

Recognizing that people caring for frail, elderly family members or friends may occasionally need relief from caring for their loved ones, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC) is launching a new service to provide free, in-home care on a temporary basis.

The newly added Respite Care Program's "Emergency/Extended Hours of Care" provides shortterm, in-home care by trained and certified personal care aides (through a private agency), at no charge on weekdays after 5 p.m., weekends, holidays and in emergencies. Priority for this service is given to caregivers who are providing assistance to frail, elderly with annual incomes of $40,000 or less. The service is available in all five boroughs.

"This important service provides a continuum of care for elderly persons receiving assistance, which ensures they can safely remain in their own homes while their primary caregivers are temporarily unavailable," says Linda Hoffman, NYFSC president.

NYFSC continues to provide its Respite Care Program's basic service, which offers relief for caregivers providing service to older persons able to afford short-term, in-home care.

For more information, contact Amanda Forsman, Respite Care Program Director, at 212-962-7559 or aforsman@nyfscltcop.org. Respite Care is funded by New York State and New York City legislators, New York State Office for the Aging, New York City Department for the Aging and private contributions.

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