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United Way of Northern New Jersey-Caregivers Coalition

United Way Caregivers Coalition

caregiversvideobtnSome 44 million Americans care for a loved one who is ill, frail or living with a disability. Whether providing occasional help with chores, arranging transportation to medical appointments, or administering 24/7 personal care, unpaid family caregivers are the backbone of long-term care in America.

Often assuming their role without preparation or education, caregivers take on risks to their own physical, emotional, and financial health. Many watch their savings dry up, absorb the financial hit of having to pass up promotions, or are even forced to leave the workplace altogether. These stakes can be especially high for ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

families who are already struggling to make ends meet and may have jobs that cannot provide the flexibility caregivers often need.

In response, United Way Caregivers Coalition has developed a range of responses and programs that are free and open to all, promote knowledge and action around critical issues, and provide access to help for unpaid family caregivers in our region.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the pandemic, in-person offerings are currently on hold. For information on virtual options, current programs, and online resources, see below. To stay abreast of changes and to join our mailing list, please reach out to the Caregiver Coalition manager in the county where you reside:

Morris and Somerset Counties:
Stephanie Howland
973.993.1160, x534

Suburban Essex:
Deborah Day
973.993.1160, x209

Sussex and Warren Counties:
Robin Ennis
973.993.1160, x305

Virtual Educational Programs
Connect with other caregivers and empathetic professionals who can share experienced advice without leaving the comfort of your home. Click here to see what is coming up and check back often.
 
Assistive Technology for Caregivers Program*
Through this free program, caregivers and those they care for receive and learn how to use devices to help ease the stress of caregiving. From medication reminders to remotely checking in on a loved one, assistive technology is tailored to meet the needs of each family. Due to the pandemic, we are currently providing the following services virtually: home assessment, installation of technology, education on how to use it, and ongoing support. For more information, email our Assistive Technology Specialists Stephanie Samuel (973.993.1160, x115) or Susan Cohen (973.993.1160, x108).

*Currently, this program is available to caregivers who are caring for a loved one who resides in Morris or Warren County. As we work to expand throughout our region, check back for updates.

Pathways for Caregivers
United Way Caregivers Coalition has created a one-of-a-kind resource filled with powerful information, advice, and ideas for caregivers in our region to access the resources they need.
Learn more >>>

Monthly MeetingsCaregiver Health Report
Our survey of nearly 1,000 caregivers in the region finds that caregivers face greater mental and physical health risks than the general population due to their caregiving responsibilities.
Click here to download >>>

Caregivers Toolbox
We developed a virtual Caregivers Toolbox and filled it with information and resources to support family caregivers in their caregiving role.
Learn more >>>

The Informed Caregiver Series
We proudly offer a FREE educational video series designed to help family caregivers navigate the challenges of caring for a loved one.
Learn more >>>

Member Directory
Our comprehensive Member Directory provides information about the services offered by our Caregivers Coalition members.
Learn more >>>

 
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