Huntington Hospital opens Reichert Family Caregiver Center

The Huntington Hospital has completed a new center offering support to caregivers.

At the Reichert Family Caregiver Center in the main lobby of the hospital, family members and other caregivers can speak to a social worker and volunteer coaches who can help them manage the day-to-day demands of caring for a loved one. sick, Northwell Health said Tuesday. .

The center is “a destination for caregivers in our community to find resources and respite when they need help,” providing free services to staff, patients, caregivers and other community members, a said Dr. Nick Fitterman, executive director of Huntington Hospital. in a report.

The center is staffed by a social worker, social work interns and volunteer coaches Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 550-square-foot space has three rooms: a quiet room with a recliner, a small meeting room, and a room with three chairs and a computer.

The social worker and coaches “will meet with family caregivers one-on-one to provide them with emotional support, assess their concerns and needs, and guide them to appropriate resources in the community,” said Kacey Farber, program manager. , in a press release. “For example, if a loved one is in hospital or just discharged, we can maintain contact with the family caregiver to provide ongoing support.”

The center also offers services including webinars and support groups for people caring for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and long-term symptoms of COVID-19, as well as a group of mourning COVID-19.

The center was funded by a $500,000 gift from the Charles and Helen Reichert Family Foundation. It is one of several caregiver support centers in the Northwell system; North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Glen Cove Hospital, and Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead have similar centers.

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