CAREGIVER CHAT 2021

National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week - 9/13-9/17/21

The Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates have designated the first week after Labor Day as National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week.  This year, Lifeline Awareness Week will be celebrated from September 13 through September 17, 2021.

The Lifeline Discount Telephone Service Program (Lifeline) is designed to make the telephone service more affordable for income-eligible consumers.  Consumers qualify for Lifeline by participating in certain federal or state assistance programs OR by having income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Yorkers may be eligible for Lifeline for the first time but may not be aware of the program or how to apply.  Consumers may also be eligible for discounts on broadband service and certain connected devices under the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.  Information about the Lifeline and Emergency Broadband Benefit programs can be obtained from the Lifeline page on the AskPSC.com website or by clicking on the following link to AskPSC website.  

What is the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - View our Video

What is LTCOP?  It's the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Click on this link to the Catholic Charities Facebook page and watch a video on the program.

VIRTUAL Caregiver Education Workshops Now Available

Join us for monthly workshops designed to educate family caregivers on various topics specific to their needs...Financial Fitness, Ombudsman advocates, and Eat Smart for Brain Health.  The programs are the first Wednesday of the month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  For more information on the programs and registration, click here.

Catholic Charities began in Schenectady County more than 75 years ago. While the specific programs and services have changed, the commitment has not. Catholic Charities remains committed to offering people in need -our brothers and sisters- a respectful helping hand, a kind and caring word, and hope for tomorrow.

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services (CCSCSS) provides a range of services to support quality of life for seniors. The services include – Aging Services Information & Assistance, Caregiver Support Services, Dayhaven Social Adult Day Care, Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance, Nutrition Outreach and Education, Ombudsman, Senior Nutrition (including Meals on Wheels and Congregate Dining Sites, and Transportation Services (Medical and Social).

Our goal is to provide you with a continuum of services to help support a happy and healthy life. We care about the needs of seniors and caregivers in the community and strive to offer quality services that meet those needs… and more!

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services programs are funded through donations (including GE matching contributions), fundraising, private grants, and through the Schenectady County Department of Senior & Long Term Care Services, Albany County Department for Aging, Rensselaer County Unified Family Services, New York State Office of the Aging (NYSOFA), the Federal Administration on Aging, and the United Way of the Capital Region.

Aging Life Services Program

Aging Life Services Program

Caregiver Support Services Program

Caregiver Support Services Program

Congregate Dining Program

Congregate Dining Program

Health Insurance Information, Counseling & Assistance Program

Health Insurance Information, Counseling & Assistance Program

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Meals On Wheels Program

Meals On Wheels Program

Transportation Program

Transportation Program


Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing services to seniors and caregivers.

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services

1462 Erie Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Schenectady, NY 12305

Phone: (518) 372-5667
Fax: (518) 372-5686
Voice/Speech Relay: 711
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