The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) has announced a major expansion of its Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE) program, transitioning from a pilot phase to a statewide initiative.
This program, designed to provide crucial support to caregivers, has grown to include over 150 trained TCARE specialists across New York State. TCARE offers a personalized approach to caregiver support, beginning with a dynamic screening tool and evaluation conducted by a care manager. This assessment focuses on understanding the unique challenges faced by individuals providing uncompensated care, such as family members or friends, in areas including stress, depression, and the balance between caregiving and personal life goals.
This expansion comes at a critical time, considering the statistics that over 20% of Americans are engaged in caregiving roles. In New York State, approximately 4.1 million people undertake informal caregiving responsibilities. The TCARE program is instrumental in addressing the physical, emotional, psychological, and financial strains faced by these caregivers. It has shown positive outcomes in reducing stress and depression among family caregivers, thereby promoting the ability for the elderly to age in place, supported by their network of informal caregivers.
NYSOFA Director Greg Olsen emphasized the evolution of TCARE from a pilot to a comprehensive program, highlighting its role in addressing the needs of a growing number of informal caregivers. TCARE CEO Ali Ahmadi reflected on the program’s statewide expansion as a testament to the positive impact of NYSOFA’s caregiver programs. This growth signifies a substantial stride in creating a supportive environment for caregivers and enhancing the quality of life for both caregivers and care recipients. For more information on TCARE and its services, individuals are encouraged to visit their website.
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