Welcome to the Delaware County
According to the national survey by AARP and the
National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 23 million households are currently
home to a caregiver, most often a woman who is taking care of someone 50 or
older. Some 43% of these caregivers are over 50 themselves - 13% are
Our Legacy Corps of Volunteers offer respite for
the caregiver and afford our senior populous the ability to enjoy their
independence as long as possible. The volunteer offers a variety of
services in meeting this goal. They might transport the care recipient
to a doctor or physical therapy appointment, take them grocery shopping,
assist in doing errands, make a meal, offer light housekeeping or
just offer socialization to that special person. They may read to
them, work a jigsaw puzzle, listen to music, or visit over the family album.
This all assists the caregiver by giving them a little free time or time to
do the things they need to do for themselves.
We are excited to announce our partnership with
organizations like the Heart of the Catskill Humane Society (HCHS) to make
pets available for foster care to those lonely at heart. We anticipate
a program in the summer months with the ARC of Delaware County to offer more
socialization for shut-ins and the ARC consumers by going to the park and
musical events (just to name a couple) with the use of their handicap
accessible vehicles. In the
fall we hope to kick off the "Adopt a Grandparent" program for students of
the communities high schools who will visit with our seniors and do some tasks
around the home such as gardening or snow shoveling which would offer them
an opportunity to get to know their "grandparent".
The Legacy Corps is a Title III-E program for
caregivers. We offer our volunteers $0.20 per
mile to assist in deferring the cost of gas. We also provide a monthly
training on subjects such as Alzheimer's disease, proper ways to lift, health
care issues like high blood pressure and cholesterol, CPR and AED training,
mental health disorders, understanding Medicare Part D and supplemental insurance
and a gamut of others. A monthly issue of the Legacy Corps newsletter
is circulated to our volunteer advisory board, and all the caregivers we
How Can I Help
If you would like to become a volunteer, we
would love to have you. We presently do not have any volunteers in
many of the towns in Delaware County including Bloomville, Harpersfield,
Stamford, Grand Gorge, Roxbury, Margaretville, Arkville, Downsville, and
Hancock. Please contact Georgia at the Office for the Aging at 6 Court
Street, Delhi, NY 13753 or by calling her at 607-832-5750. Email
contact can be made at
firstname.lastname@example.org . Our volunteers are subject to a background
check and then given trainings so they are comfortable assisting others.
They will learn how to recognize agitation, how to work
with an Alzheimer's or dementia client, how to spot elder abuse and many other
I Can't Be A Volunteer
But I Still Would Like To Assist.
Telephone contacts are very important as well as notes to
a person that is shut in. We'd like to activate our "help" line once again
which is a call in number so someone can listen to the person on the other
line when they need a listening ear.
I Would Like To Donate
To This Program.
Monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
Please make checks or money orders payable to
"Delaware County Legacy Corps" and send to:
Delaware County Legacy Corps
Attn: Georgia Murphy
Office for the Aging
6 Court Street
Delhi, NY 13753
We hope you will visit us often to read the
monthly newsletter and see what's new in the
Legacy Corps. Thanks for visiting!