PSS Circle of Care Awarded $7.5 Million Grant as Part of Governor Cuomo’s Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Initiative
November 3, 2015
PSS Circle of Care Caregiver Services has been named one of nine agencies in New York State to be awarded $7.5 million each as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $67.5 million Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Initiative. PSS is one of only three agencies in New York City to receive this funding.
According to the Governor’s office, “the Initiative seeks to develop programs that support the family members who care for the nearly 380,000 New Yorkers living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias . . . and to alleviate the emotional and financial burdens that are unduly placed upon [the one million informal caregivers in New York State] who provide 1.1 billion hours of unpaid care annually. Award recipients will receive $7.5 million over the course of five years to develop programs that support these informal caregivers through evidence-based approaches like care consultations, educational resources, support groups, and respite services. Past evidence shows that these services are vital to reducing caregiver stress and health risks, while also improving the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients.” “Alzheimer’s Disease affects thousands of New Yorkers each year and takes a devastating toll on both patients and the caregivers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This investment will provide a wide range of support and respite services for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s and similar diseases.”
PSS Circle of Care Caregiver Services has been supporting informal caregivers for over a decade by offering informational services, individual and family counseling, support groups, educational training and respite.
PSS Executive Director Rimas Jasin noted that “PSS’ Circle of Care model works for both Alzheimer’s Disease caregivers and traditional family caregivers. The model was designed to take full advantage of our years of experience providing services to caregivers in Manhattan and the Bronx where our staff have already begun adopting it for our current clients. This grant is an incredible opportunity to provide our own special PSS brand of support to NYC families caring for those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.”
Being awarded this grant enhances PSS’ role as one of New York City’s leaders in caregiver services with a special focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia care. PSS’ recently expanded Caregiver Services Department has already positioned PSS for a city-wide expansion. This grant will enable PSS to add at least 20 new full-time staff, growing PSS by more than 50%, and making our programs available in all five boroughs.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia and the number of cases in New York State is expected to increase from 380,000 to 460,000 by 2025. More than half of New York’s Alzheimer’s patients live at home, and 75 percent of those who do, live with a friend or family member who provides care. PSS will be playing a leading role in addressing one of this country’s greatest health challenges – the care of those with Alzheimer’s Disease.
About PSS: PSS Circle of Care Caregiver Services is a program of PSS, a multi-service agency founded in 1962. PSS now encompasses eight senior centers, two senior and intergenerational residences, an extensive network of family and kinship caregiver services, the Young Adult Success Program (YASP) connecting kinship young adults with mentors and programs to empower their success, and Coming of Age NYC to help New Yorkers 50+ live with passion and purpose. For more information please visit www.pssusa.org and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/pssnyc.