Caregivers 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
All groups facilitated by a Licensed Social Worker.
All groups will meet at Peconic Bay Medical Center.
Tuesday Talks: Dementia Education Series for Family Caregivers
Please join us for our mini-series of educational workshops, a program of the Caregivers Center, geared toward caring for a loved one with Dementia. This series will address the needs of both patients and their caregiver dealing with Dementia. Each workshop will be streamed for approximately 30 minutes, once a month on Tuesday via our Facebook page: Facebook.com/PeconicBayMedicalCenter.
Family Caregivers Retreat Day Wednesday, November 8th, 2023: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
This in-person Caregivers Retreat Day provides family caregivers with access to valuable community resources, education, activities to promote self care and an opportunity to connect with family caregivers.
The Caregivers Program and the Caregivers Center at Peconic Bay Medical Center provides family caregivers with emotional and ongoing support and resources throughout their caregiver journey. This event requires free registration to attend and will take place at:
East End 1830 West Main Street (Route 25)
Riverhead, NY 11901
“MY FAVORITE THING IS THE LOOK ON THE CAREGIVER’S FACE WHEN THEY REALIZE I’M THERE FOR THEM.”
--Karen, Caregiver Coach
Caregivers give so much and expect so little in return, and they often feel so alone. When one of use walks into the room, they expect that we’re there for the patient. They are so, so touched when they realize we are there for them.
They are so relieved and touched when they hear, “How are YOU doing?”
The Caregiver Program is amazing, and it really touches me. It is so important for the caregiver’s well-being. Being a caregiver is hard, stressful. We help them know their efforts are seen, appreciated, and supported.
“WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THEY’RE NOT ALONE. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.”
--Mary Lynn, Caregiver Coach
Years ago, when our son was in a tragic accident, my husband and I spent so many hours in the hospital, and we felt so alone. I know what that feels like, and I don’t want anyone to have to feel that way.
The Caregiver Center is a resource for caregivers. A place where they can rest, recharge, get answers to questions, and get support from people who know what they’re going through.
As a Caregiver Coach, I listen. I share my story. I stay in touch, not just in the patient’s room but in the days and weeks afterward. I make sure the caregiver knows there’s someone there for THEM.
“YOU DON’T NEED TO BE PERFECT. YOU JUST NEED TO BE PRESENT.”
--Carol, Caregiver Coach
It’s not easy being a caregiver. I have been a family caregiver since I was 11 years old, and I know what it’s like to feel scared, alone, not sure I’m up for the task and worried I’m doing it wrong.
As a Caregiver Coach, my biggest job is helping caregivers realize they’re doing something worthwhile just by being themselves and being there for the patient. There’s no right or wrong way to be a caregiver. It’s your love, empathy, and presence that means so much.
“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.
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.