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Caregiver Support Line
Call 518-324-3881


Caring for the caregiver

Around 43.5 million Americans regularly provide unpaid care to a relative or friend, and perhaps unsurprisingly, they care for either one or both of their parents. These caregivers provide a range of support and assistance, from helping with medication, cleaning the house, helping with washing and dressing, preparing meals, to making sure all the bills are paid on time.

Being a caregiver can be exhausting and often the caregivers own health and wellbeing is set aside for the needs of the person they are looking after. However, it is still important that as a caregiver, you remember to take good care and be mindful of yourself too. In order to provide the best possible care for a loved one, it is vital to ensure that caregivers are looking after themselves properly. As a caregiver, you should develop an organized plan to aid those whom you are looking after in their responsibilities and always look for the most effective, but least challenging ways you can provide care to help prevent stress or burnout.

BHSN's Eldercare Program and Caregiver Resource Center serves caregivers and their loved ones through:

  • Support groups
  • Training
  • Respite
  • Counseling
  • Information & referral
  • Lending Library

Our Goal: Helping senior citizens remain in their homes and communities as long as possible.

Our Method: Helping you, the caregiver, with training, support and information.


Anyone, or their caregiver, who is 60 years of age or older with one or more functional deficits in ADLs or IADLs. The Caregiver Resource Center and Respite Program services are funded through a cooperative effort by the Clinton County Office for the Aging and the New York State Office for the Aging.

Caregiver Support Groups

Sometimes it helps to talk with someone who really understands

Confidential, informative support groups help you gain new ideas and understanding. All support group meetings are open to anyone providing care to a friend or family member.

Meetings are held:
Fourth Wednesday of each month from
6:30pm to 7:30pm at the
Emmaus Room, St. Peter's Church,
114 Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh.

No appointment is necessary to attend these meetings. A Telephonic Support Group is also available - please call the Center at 324-3881 for more information.

Caregiver Training

The Caregiver Resource Center staff and community service providers offer training on a variety of topics including:

  • Care for the Caregiver
  • Hearing & Vision
  • Community Resources
  • Legal Issues
  • Creating a Safe Home
  • Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease

If you would like to learn about a specific topic, please call us to see if it can be arranged. Informal caregivers are invited to attend at no charge; other attendees pay a fee. Call the Caregiver Resource Center at 518-324-3881 for upcoming classes and presentations.

Caregiver Respite

Everyone needs an interval of relief or rest, a break from routine. The Respite program provides trained staff and volunteers who can spend two to four hours with your loved ones, giving you time to take a break to rest and rejuvenate. It is important for you to care for yourself, to maintain your mental and emotional strength to care for others.

Information & Referral

Often people do not know where to obtain information. The Caregiver Resource Center is a one-stop source of information about:

  • Legal, Financial & Insurance
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Care
  • Home Health Care
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Recreation & Leisure
  • Fitness

Please call with any questions. We will help you find and arrange services whenever possible including information, for long distance caregivers, about services in other areas of the country.

Lending Library

The Center maintains a large number of books, videos and periodicals on subjects pertaining to caregiving and aging. A current list is available by contacting the Caregiver Resource Center at 518-324-3881 or emailing the program.

Caregiver Support

You can receive information and support from the comfort of your own home by calling:
Caregiver Support Line 324-3881


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