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Other Support Services

If you are living with a serious illness, often needs go beyond skilled and custodial care in your home. Depending on your situation, you may want to explore other services and resources, including:

Adult Day and Night Care

Adult day care programs can be helpful for individuals with serious illness who need skilled and/or custodial support services in a place away from home during part of the day (or during the night). Many programs also offer respite for family caregivers. Westchester County government divides adult day care into medical, psychiatric and social programs.

There are a few questions you may want ask before deciding on an adult day care program. Learn more about when adult day care is appropriate, and the questions to ask when selecting an adult day care program.

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Aging-in-Place Organizations

Aging-in-Place organizations are grassroots, membership organizations, formed by area residents rather than by government agencies or social service providers. While they differ based on the needs and resources of each community, most Aging-in-Place membership groups provide a mix of social support, health care and home maintenance services, including referrals to local service providers and agencies for in-home and personal support. They can sometimes provide volunteer transportation for personal care and medical appointments, as well as cultural and social activities. Individuals and couples pay yearly dues to join a local Aging-in-Place organization. In Westchester, the annual dues can range from $50 to $400.

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Illness-Specific Resources

Many organizations in Westchester offer support to individuals and families with specific illnesses. These organizations provide a range of services, including care consultations and helping you understand your choices, accessing available services suitable for your illness, organizing your daily life, and accompanying and driving you to medical appointments. They also have support groups, can help you find funding for your care, and occasionally offer financial gifts for specific purposes. Illness-specific support organizations in Westchester, including ALS, cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Veterans Health Administration

If you have served in the United States Armed Forces, you may qualify for veterans benefits and services that can ease your life with a serious illness. Your entitlements are determined by the length of your military service and service-connected disabilities, as well as your financial needs. Among the benefits are disability compensation and pensions, access to medical care, and long-term care facilities through the Veterans Health Administration (VA) health care system.

It is important to understand that in order to obtain services from the VA for skilled or custodial care you will need to be seen by a VA provider. This does not mean that the VA provider needs to be the primary provider of your care. You continue to use your local physician and/or specialists and only see the VA provider if it is required to access services. Information about VA contact information in the Bronx and Hudson Valley.

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Westchester Government Services

The United States and the New York State government offer a number of programs and services for individuals who are living in their homes and need additional support. Westchester County government administers many of these federal and state services for its residents. For Medicaid-eligible individuals, these include medical assistance in combination with Medicaid and NY Connect. Medicaid information in Westchester.

Individuals who are not Medicaid eligible and want to remain at home can apply for Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP), which assists older New Yorkers who need help with activities of daily living (e.g., dressing, bathing, personal care) and instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., shopping, housekeeping, cooking). Case managers help elders and their families decide what assistance is needed and arrange for services that may include non-medical in-home services, non-institutional respite services for caregivers, and other related services available in the community. EISEP supports and supplements care provided by families and friends. Participants whose incomes are above 150% of poverty share in the cost of the services, according to a sliding scale. Additional information from Westchester County Office for the Aging.

Westchester government also administers and advises about other support services, including Elder Caregiver Support Programs, Eldercare Locator for Westchester, Home Care Services, Housing assistance, and various Long-Term Care Services. Eligibility for these programs varies. You can contact Westchester governmentoffices to discuss if you qualify for these services, or speak with an Elder Law attorney. Contact information for Westchester County offices for Social Services, Health Department, Mental Health and the Department of Senior Programs and Services.

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Some aging-in-place organizations, illness specific organizations, and social service agencies have volunteers who can help you with transportation needs. RideConnect is an initiative of a private, not-for-profit and nonsectarian agency that offers volunteer transportation and information about transportation resources. WestFair Rides is another transportation agency in Westchester.

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