The Office for the Aging offers in-home respite services for caregivers of frail or disabled elderly. This includes supervision and personal care for the older person while the usual family caregiver is either taking care of personal business or taking a short break from their caregiving duties. 

Care under this program is provided free of charge, without regard to income or assets of the person to receive care.      
However, donations toward the cost of care can be accepted and will expand the ability of the program to provide services. The person to receive care must be age 60 or over and be impaired in 2 or more activities of daily living or require supervision because of a cognitive impairment.

Other services offered under this program are information and assistance for caregivers, including access to the library at the Office for the Aging. Several books and pamphlets are available there for caregivers to borrow.  Evaluations for the service are carried out by In Home Care Program Assistants and respite care is authorized by the In-Home Care Program Manager at the Office for the Aging, Kayleigh Green.

Requests for respite service should be made through Franklin County N.Y. Connects, the county's entry point for long term care. 

Do you provide unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbor who has an illness, disability, memory loss, injury, or special need? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a caregiver! Are you feeling overwhelmed, constantly worried, tired, sad, easily irritated, and/or extremely stressed? You are not alone and there is support available. If you would like to learn more about resources, tools, and supports available for caregivers, please answer the following questions to get connected to the right starting place.


  1. Are you over the age of 18 and caring for an older adult (age 60+)?


  1. Are you over the age of 18 caring for an individual (any age) with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (e.g., dementia, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, chronic traumatic encephalopathy)?


  1. Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for a child (not biological) under the age of 18?


  1. Are you over the age of 55 and living with and caring for an adult (can be a biological child) aged 18-59 with a disability?


If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you are eligible for the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). If you would like to learn more about how this program can assist you, please take this short screen for an initial assessment of your wellbeing, and a Program Specialist will reach out to discuss the results. The evidence-based screener asks you to reflect on your experiences and respond to a series of statements based on identified rating scales in each section. This screener is used to help you and the Program Specialist better understand your situation and define an individualized plan to meet your unique caregiving needs.


If you answered no to all the questions above, or you are not interested in taking the evidence-based screen, there is still help available to you through the Any Care Counts - New York (ACC-NY) Campaign which recognizes and supports the millions of unpaid caregivers across the state! Through ACC-NY you can discover your caregiver intensity score by taking the ARCHANGELS Caregiver Intensity Index (CII). It takes just 2 minutes to complete. You will find out whether you are “in the red," "yellow" or "green," and be connected to trusted resources.  

Do you prefer to search resources on your own? Visit the NY Connects Resource Directory. NY Connects links individuals of all ages and their caregivers to long term services and supports and provides one stop access to free, objective, comprehensive information and assistance.


In-Home Care Program Manager
Kayleigh Green
Phone: 518-481-1523
Fax: 518-481-1635
Use this contact to learn more about the Family Caregiver Program