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Caregivers Center

Family caregivers need care, too
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Comfort and support for and by caregivers

caregiver support groups near meCaregivers provide a broad range of care and support for loved ones with serious acute, chronic or disabling conditions.

Family caregivers may be primary or secondary caregivers and live with or live separately from the person needing care and support. The tasks of caregiving can range and change depending on the needs of the care recipient.

Often a caregiver may handle medical appointments and visits, secure and administer medication, acquire medical equipment, and assist an individual with ranging activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, toileting, dressing and household chores, as well as social, spiritual and leisure activities.

A caregiver may also act as a resource of important information as well as advocate with healthcare professionals on behalf of a loved one.


Our complimentary Caregivers Center is here to support you

We're here to give you support, easy access to information, and a place to go rest, recharge, and regain your energy. At no cost to you.

We're here to help, Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm

Take a break and visit us. Stay for a minute, or an hour.

  • Have a chat
  • Share your experiences with other caregivers
  • Meet with a Licensed Social Worker
  • Or just sit and have a quiet moment for yourself

Join our complimentary Caregivers Support Groups (Virtual)

All support groups are currently being offered virtually

  • All groups facilitated by a Licensed Social Worker
  • All groups meet virtually via Zoom
  • Free to attend. All are welcome.

More Information: Vincent Ortolani, LMSW
Email: vortolani1@northwell.edu
Phone: (631) 548-6259


General Caregivers Support Group (Virtual)
Meets on the first Thursday of each month from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. Meeting dates for 2021: July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2.


Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support (Virtual)
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month via Zoom from 12pm to 1:30pm. Presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association. Meeting dates for 2021: July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15.


Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Education Series (Virtual)
These 30-minute workshops will be held monthly, on Tuesdays, streamed online at: Facebook.com/PeconicBayMedicalCenter.

May 18, 2021 at 12pm
Rise and shine, getting in and out of bed
Lyndsay Doroski
Occupational Therapist
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June 22, 2021 at 12pm
Weight maintenance suggestions
Colleen Klopfer, RD
Clinical Dietitian
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September 21, 2021 at 12pm
Overcoming difficulty going from sit to stand
Christine Mazzone
Physical Therapist

October 19, 2021 at 12pm
“What did you say? I can’t hear you!” Communication strategies
Annie McGarry
Speech Therapist

July 20, 2021 at 12pm
Adaptive equipment for tremors
Nicole Mengiola
Occupational Therapist
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November 16, 2021 at 12pm
A step ahead: walking strategies
Melissa Varone
Physical Therapy

August 24, 2021 at 12pm
Why I get stuck and how I get “unstuck” Linda Mango
Physical Therapist

December 14, 2021 at 12pm
Swallowing strategies for safer eating and drinking
Annie McGarry
Speech Therapist

January 18, 2022 at 12pm
Dressing techniques
Maureen Gabriel
Occupational Therapist

For times, dates and workshop topics, download flyer or contact
Vincent Ortolani, LMSW
Email: vortolani1@northwell.edu
Phone: (631) 548-6259

How you can get involved


Join us for our 2021 Virtual Caregivers Retreat

Our next Caregivers Retreat is scheduled for the week of November 8, 2021. Join us online for a full week of events!

2020 Virtual Caregivers Retreat


Listen to the experts


“What I appreciate most about the Caregivers Center is…”*

…Knowing people are there reaching out, offering support and caring. Knowing we’re not alone.

…The resources! A big help when I was changing Mom’s long-term Medicaid insurance.

…Speaking with others in the same situation and getting tips on what they do.

…They are great! I really appreciate their calls to check on me.

…Just hearing other people in similar situations looking at it in a different way.

…The calls telling me they are there if I need to talk. They were very considerate and loving and understanding.

…Everyone here is extremely kind and caring. Thank you for all the compassion for my daughter. Blessings to all.

* What some of our family caregivers have said about the Caregivers Center.

Download our Caregivers
Resource Guide:


There are only four kinds of people in the world:
Those who have been caregivers.
Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers,
and those who will need a caregiver.
 – Rosalynn Carter


We’re right in the Lobby

We’re ready to help in finding the support you need and deserve.


Join our “Stay in Touch” Program

Join the more than 70 Caregivers who receive regular “check-in” calls from our Social Worker and coaches.

Call (631) 548-6259 to join.


The Caregivers Center provides:

  • A quiet place to rest and recharge
  • A resource center to connect to community services
  • Support and assistance from   experienced caregiving coaches
  • Computers, phone chargers, wi-fi
  • People who care and who are ready to help.

For more information, call
(631) 548-6259

Email: vortolani1@northwell.edu


FAQs

Who will provide help in the Caregivers Center?

Dedicated social workers and coaches are there to support you.

Who can access or use the Caregivers Center?

Any family caregiver is welcome.

What will I find in the Caregivers Center?

The Caregivers Center is a quiet, supportive, family-centered place to rest and recharge. It includes a resource library, computers, phone rechargers, free wi-fi, comfort and support.

“They were here for me”

“They provided myself and my family just what we needed, just when we needed it. They made a difficult situation easier to bear.”

“You showed us such kindness and understanding, love and support and we felt all of this from you.”

“You took the time to listen and never rushed as you allowed us to express how we feel. You brought us hugs and comfort daily.”