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Workforce initiative announced for people age 55 and older

Posted 11/11/22

The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) managed by Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc., has announced a workforce initiative for older adults.

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Workforce initiative announced for people age 55 and older

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The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) managed by Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc., has announced a workforce initiative for older adults that will also increase the availability of respite for caregivers.

The $3 million dollar initiative, funded by AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, is available in Lewis, Oneida, Herkimer, Cortland, Tompkins, and Jefferson counties.

Under the grant, the coalition will recruit and train 300 people 55 and older to provide respite for people caring for older adults and those with disabilities. Respite gives caregivers a several hour break from their responsibilities.

People who provide respite with incomes below 400% of the poverty line — under $54,600 for one person or $73,200 for a two-person household — will be eligible for two-year stipends to increase income. The goal is to increase the respite workforce and help about half of the 300 people find non-subsidized work providing respite and caregiving assistance.  

National, state, and local surveys have shown respite to be the most frequently requested service by family caregivers.

Respite is one of the key ways to support caregivers. Additionally, today’s pre-retirees and post-retirees want to continue to contribute in some way either for fulfillment, for additional income or for both. Within the six counties, people 55 and older comprise 30.6% of the population for a total of about 175,000 people. In each county, the coalition will partner with nonprofit organizations, faith communities and government departments to recruit people 55 and older for the positions.

For more information about this opportunity to train and be paid as a respite provider, or for more information about the project, call 585-287-6393.

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