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Caregiver Support Assistance

Caregiver Support

This program helps informal caregivers, adult children, spouses, family members, and friends with their work of taking care of the people that need assistance with everyday things. This important assistance allows these people with chronic diseases or disabilities to keep living in their houses throughout their communities.

Respite Assistance

We have non-medical assistance for caregivers. This respite is here to give supervision, companionship, and a little assistance with the needs of a person so the caregiver can relax and rest a bit.

Personal Care Services

We have non-medical care services for caregivers. This program includes assistance with Daily Living Activities (giving a bath, dressing, personal care) and Daily Living Instrumental Activities (shopping, cooking). The Washington County has an Office for Disability Resources and Aging People. The Office will take care of the cost for these services and for all in-home services that are approved. A small donation an hour helps a lot to continue the support of these services. Only $5.00 per hour is needed, which is not a lot. But also nobody is going to be denied help because they were unable to give a donation.

Social Adult Everyday Services

Social adult everyday service programs give care to weak and disabled adults in a monitored group environment or community. Services include activities related to socialization, supervision, monitoring, and help with nutrition. Programs also give personal care with hands-on help with mobility, toileting (help with incontinence), and eating. All of the participants are given an individualized care plan. Before deciding which care plan to give an assessment of the person and their needs is mandatory. Social adult everyday services give a rest to caregivers and allow particularly working caregivers to unwind. An hourly donation is needed, to support the maintenance of these services. Only $10.00 a day is necessary, which is reasonable. But also everyone will be given service even if they didn't give a donation.

Support Groups

Washington County Office for Disability Resources and Aging People has an experienced staff that can facilitate a support group for caregivers, once a month at:

  • The Center for seniors for both Kingsbury and Fort Edward's area
  • Oak Street number 78 in NY, Hudson Falls 12839

Medicare Fraud Assistance for seniors

What is this service?

The SMP, known as the Senior Medicare Programs, helps Medicaid and Medicare users to avoid, notice, and stop healthcare fraud. While doing that, they protect, not only older people, but they also preserve the principle of the Medicaid and the Medicare programs. Their most important goal is to educate Medicare users to protect their identity, notice and report mistakes on the healthcare bills as well as identifying deceptive healthcare activities ( illegal marketing, giving unnecessary and inappropriate services). In some situations, SMP can do more than just educate. When Medicaid and Medicare users are unable to react by themselves to these problems, the SMP cooperates with the family and family caregivers to fix the problems. Also if needed, SMP gives advice about other organizations which can intervene.

Who is qualified?

Anyone who thinks that fraud/abuse is happening can report their issues to the office or the SMP phone number.

What is the cost?

SMP is free of charge.

How can I apply?

To report a Medicaid and Medicare fraud/abuse call the office and someone will help you. You can also call by yourself at: NYS Medicare Fraud Hotline Number 1-877-678-4697

For more information please visit our HomePage www.washingtoncounty.org

Mental illness affects us all

Statistics on mental health:

The number of 26.2% of Americans 18 and up, approximately one in four, suffer from some mental disorder at the time of the research. This percentage gives us the number of 57.7 million Americans.

Mental illness

Anxiety related disorders

Anxiety related disorders are mental illnesses which are very common in the U.S. They affect 40 million Americans or 18.1% of adults in the U.S. (18 and up) at the time of the research.

Anxiety disorders often co-exist with depression related disorders or disorders related to substance abuse. Most people that have an anxiety disorder usually have one more anxiety disorder.

Types of different disorders – percentages and numbers only depict the adult U.S. citizens affected:

  • General anxiety disorders: 3.1% or 6.8 million people.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders: 1.0% or 2.2 million people.
  • Panic related disorders: 2.7% or 6 million people
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders: 3.5% or 7.7 million people.
  • Social anxiety-related disorders: 6.8% or 15 million people.
  • Specific phobia related disorders: 8.7% or 19 million people.
All Phobias (Specific Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia) affects 36 million of the adult population or 16.3% adult Americans.

Bipolar Disorder

From Bipolar disorder suffer about 5.7 million adult Americans or approximately 2.6 percent of adults in the U.S. (18 and up). Bipolar disorder often is misdiagnosed. The average person gets 3.5 wrong diagnoses and visits four medical professionals before getting a correct diagnosis.

Bipolar disorder and relation to suicide

Almost 1 in 5 people that have the bipolar disorder commit suicide. That is 30 times more than people who are not affected by this disorder. 20 to 50% of all the people, who are affected by bipolar disorder, attempt suicide at least one time.


Adult Americans have more depression related disorders than all these illnesses combined:
  • heart disease (7 million),
  • cancer (6 million), and
  • AIDS (200,000).
  • About 20.9 million or 9.5% of Adult American have a depression-related disorder in a given year.
  • Major depression-related disorders affect about 14.8 million Adult Americans or 6.7% of the adult U.S. population (18 and up).
  • Major depression-related disorders are the number one cause of work disability in the U.S.A. for people from 15 years old to 44.


Death by suicide happens every 18 minutes in the U.S.A.

  • In 2002, in the United States, 31,655 suicides happened.
  • More than 90% of the people that commit suicide have a mental disorder, usually a depression-related disorder or a disorder related to substance abuse.
  • 132,353 people were hospitalized because of suicide attempts in 2002.
  • Suicide is number eight of all leading causes of death for U.S. men.
  • Men are more likely (four times) to commit suicide than women.
  • Suicide is number third of all leading causes of death for young people from the age of 15 years old to 24. (The number two leading cause in some states).
  • 5,393 Americans, older than 65 years old, committed suicide in 2001. 85% or 4,589 were elderly men and 15% or 804 were elderly women.
  • White men over the age of 85 commit suicide at the highest rate in the U.S.
  • The number of suicides in the U.S. is the lowest during the winter and the highest during the spring, despite that some popular reports point to the opposite.

Online Screening of Mental Health

Should I go to a doctor to talk about mental health?

You are unsure if you just had a bad month, or if you are affected by depression or even a bipolar disorder? Are the symptoms which you are feeling associated with anxiety? And you don't know whether that something to worry about?

Mental Health

Several online resources offer screenings for mental health which can help you assess your mental health condition and give you an advice on whether you should talk to a medical professional or not.

Do I have depression?

  • Mental Health of America
  • Medical Center, NYU
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
  • See also: Symptoms of depressive disorders

Do I have a bipolar disorder?

  • The Questionnaire for mood disorders of Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
  • The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS), Ronald Pies, MD, S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH
  • See also: Symptoms of bipolar-related disorders

Do I have an anxiety-related disorder?

Hamilton Anxiety Scale, Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Screening for Anxiety:

  • General Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic related disorders,
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Specific Phobias.
  • The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
  • See also: Anxiety or Anxiety related disorder?
For more information please visit our HomePage www.washingtoncounty.org
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