A new AARP study ranks New York as one of the worst states in the country when it comes to supporting unpaid caregivers.
New York is 48th in the national poll regarding support services for family members caring for aging loved ones or friends.
An estimated 150,000 Monroe County residents age 50 and older are expected to provide unpaid care to an adult relative or friend in the next five years. AARP is calling on the legislature to establish a "Community Care Navigator" program to help caregivers.
"When it comes to the supports that keep people at home and out of Medicaid, so you can keep people at home significantly cheaper, which is the setting of their choice then going into Medicaid; so, we think if you invest in caregivers and supporters now it can no only help people stay in the community longer but also cost a lot less in the future," said Bill Armbruster, AARP WNY associate state director.
NY Connects is currently in place to help caregivers find the services and programs they need. In Monroe County, that number is (585) 325-2800.