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Senior and Long Term Care Services

Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services promotes the long term health and wellbeing of Schenectady County residents and assure that they receive the necessary community based services that they are entitled to in order to remain safely in the community. These services are provided without regard to race, creed, color, sex (including gender identity or expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status or domestic violence victim status. 

2022 Schenectady County Karen B. Johnson Older New Yorker of the Year Award

The Schenectady County Karen B. Johnson Older New Yorker of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Karen B. Johnson who who served for many years on the Senior and Long Term Care Services Advisory Council and was the liaison between the Department and the County Legislature. Legislator Johnson was dedicated to Schenectady County’s older residents and service of her community.


Schenectady County Senior and Long Term Care is looking for nominations for the 2022 Schenectady County Karen B. Johnson Older New Yorker of the Year Award.

The nominee may be any person 60 years of age or older residing in Schenectady County who has generously given of his or her time and energy to organizations or projects that have enhanced the lives of others.

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Click here to download the application.

Application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 

Applications may be submitted the following ways:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 518-382-0194 - attention Kathleen Albert
  • By mail or in person:
    • Schenectady County Senior & Long Term Care - 107 Nott Terrace, Suite 305, Schenectady, NY 12308 Attention: Kathleen Albert

Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services' Friendship Cafes at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Delanson are currently open and accepting meal reservations. Daily capacity is limited and reservations must be made in advance. Please call the JCC 518-377-8803 and the Duanesburg Friendship Café at 518-275-7601 to make your reservations one week in advance.

The Friendship Cafés located at the Ten Eyck Apartment Building in Schenectady and the Glenville Senior Center are not open at this time. 

When attending the Friendship Café all participants must wear a facemask, wash and/or sanitize hands frequently and abide by the 6 foot social distancing rule that NYS has put in place to protect all community members.

The Meals on Wheels Program (Home Delivered Meals) is now running on a 5-day schedule serving hot meals to participants. 

For more information about either program, please call Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services at 518-372-5667 or visit their website at

Programs & Services

Adult Day Services

Schenectady County contracts with Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services to provide social adult day services available at Dayhaven, located in Schaffer Heights, 107 Nott Terrace.  The adult social day service is a structured, comprehensive program which provides functionally impaired individuals with socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care and nutrition in a protective setting during any part of the day.

The Caring Corner Newsletter

Spring 2021

Caregiver Support

Caregiver supports include support groups for caregivers, one-on-one counseling on issues to help caregivers make decisions and solve problems related to their caregiving roles and responsibilities, and to provide information on training workshops/forums for caregivers.

Upcoming Programs:

Caregiver Support Group Schedule

Too often as caregivers, we put the needs of others before our own, which can lead to stress and burnout. Join us at our Self-Care for Caregivers programs to help support your emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

In-person at the Glenville Senior Center (32 Worden Road, Glenville):

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 1:30-2:30pm

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 1:30-2:30pm

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 1:30-2:30pm

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 1:30-2:30pm

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 1:30-2:30pm

Conference calls:

Monday, June 27, 2022 5:30-6:30pm

Monday, July 11, 2022 5:30-6:30pm

Monday, July 25, 2022 5:30-6:30pm

Monday, August 8, 2022 5:30-6:30pm

Monday, August 22, 2022 5:30-6:30pm

Dial-In Number: (978) 990-5000

Access Code: 368-996#

Please contact Wendy Petroci, Family Caregiver and Social Worker at 518-382-8481 x9308 to register or for more information.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program

Are you taking care of a family member or friend? 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a FREE, evidence-based educational program designed to help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative. 

Whether they are a spouse or parent; at home with you, miles away or in a care facility, yours is an important role. 

This course is for family caregivers like you!

You will learn to: 

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate your feelings
  • Balance your life
  • Increase your ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources

*To get the full benefit of the classes, a 6-week, 1 class per week commitment is required. 

**This class is designed specifically for family/friend caregivers. 

Attendees will receive The Caregiver Helpbook which follows the curriculum and provides additional tools to address specific caregiving issues ($30 value). This 6-week class series is an award-winning, research-based program that has helped thousands of family caregivers. Learn how to take care of YOU, while taking care of them!

February 2022

When: Every Thursday starting February 17 - March 24 from 1-2:30pm.

Where: In the comfort of your own home - this class is VIRTUAL!

Registration is required.

To register, ask questions, or receive technical assistance please call (518) 382-8481 x9308 or visit

PTC is a FREE, internationally recognized program for caregivers. 

Facilitated by Certified PTC Trainer Wendy Petroci, Schenectady County Senior & Long Term Care Services, and PTC Master Trainer Sharon Cackett of the NYS Caregiving and Respite Coalition.

April 2022

When: Every Wednesday starting April 6 - May 11 from 2-3:30pm.

Where: In the comfort of your own home - this class is VIRTUAL!

Registration is required.

To register, ask questions, or receive technical assistance please call (518) 382-8481 x9308 or email

PTC is a FREE, internationally recognized program for caregivers. 

Facilitated by Certified PTC Trainers Wendy Petroci and Maria Spagnola, Home Instead.

Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP)

Through a partnership with Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services, HIICAP provides free, accurate and objective information, counseling, assistance and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans. HIICAP helps people with Medicare, their representatives, or persons soon to be eligible for Medicare.

EISEP & Medicaid Long-Term Care Services & Support

A comprehensive assessment process is available to seniors and persons in need of long-term care services.  These services and activities are designed to support older adults who are isolated because of physical and/or cognitive limitations and require an assessment for care.  The assessment determines home care needs such as homemaking services, personal care, personal emergency response systems (PERS), referrals to day supports, shopping assistance, and/or the consumer directed personal care assistance program (CDPAP). CDPAP is a program for EISEP and Medicaid recipients who meet eligibility criteria that provides in-home personal care. CDPAP allows the consumer to recruit, hire, train, supervise and terminate the personal care aide. Organizations known as “Fiscal Intermediaries” provide program and payroll administration.  Home care services and supports are offered through the department’s EISEP (Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly) Program for seniors over age 60 and who are not on Medicaid, as well as Medicaid long-term care consumers in need of homemaker services and other specialized Medicaid services.

Services Available through CDPAP:

  • Some or total assistance with personal care services (bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and/or help with housekeeping services like laundry, grocery shopping and light cleaning)
  • Home health aide services – simple health care tasks and all of the above
  • Skilled nursing tasks

The Schenectady County Department of Senior & Long Term Care Services contracts with four Fiscal Intermediaries (FI). If you are found eligible to participate in CDPAP, you and your Assistant must choose, register and work through one of the following:

Concepts of Independent Choices, Inc. – 518-459-6422 Ext. 220
Consumer Direct Choices, Inc. – 518-464-0810
Visiting Nurse Home Care of Albany, Inc. – 518-694-9907
Any Time Home Care, Inc. - 518-454-9433

Information & Assistance & Referral - NY Connects/Schenectady County

Information, assistance and referral is offered through a program called, New York Connects.  New York Connects- Schenectady County serves as a comprehensive resource for all long term services and supports.  This is a statewide system enabling consumers or caregivers to access such services and supports through a local phone number (518) 382-8481, a toll free number 1-800-342-9871 and a the New York Connects website. New York Connects is the entry point for information, assistance and referrals to help consumers access services, provide referrals, and answer questions on senior and long-term care topics.

Nutrition Options

Through partnerships with Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services and Cornell Cooperative Extension – Schenectady County, nutrition education and counseling are available to older adults.  Through an assessment process, home delivered meals are available for seniors who are unable to prepare and/or access meals on their own.  Referrals are also available at Friendship Cafes at the following four community or senior centers to access a lunch time meal.  Pre-registration is required and donations are accepted.

To register for a lunch time meal call (518) 372-5667. 

Senior Housing

Through a partnership with the Albany Guardian Society Housing Options for Senior Adults in the Capital Region contains a wealth of information that consumers may find helpful. It is intended to serve as a resource for families as they begin to explore housing options for themselves and/or their loved ones.

Social Recreation

Senior Bus Trip Program

One-day trips are offered by the Department two to four times a year.  The bus trips can include entertainment venues, historical sites, lunches and shows, tours of special events (such as Christmas in the Park), etc. Call (518) 382-8481 x 9310 for details.

Friendship Café  -  Apostrophe Café at Proctors

The Friendship  Café is for seniors nearing age 60 and caregivers to convene monthly for social, educational and recreational needs at the Apostrophe Café at Proctors.  Activities include tours of Schenectady businesses, historical sites, or parks; speakers from local or regional organizations on such topics as Social Security, Housing, Medical Reserve Corps, Albany Guardian Society, Managed Long-Term Care Services, Medicaid or Medicare; or social activities such as card or board game days.  A schedule is available or you may call the office at (518) 382-8481.

Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention Classes - FREE

Low-impact exercises that reduce stress, increase flexibility, balance and socialization, and improve muscle strength and energy.

All are welcome. Pre-registration is required.


Location: Rotterdam Senior Citizens' Center, 2639 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam 12303

Dates: Fridays until August 26, 2022

Time: 1-2pm


To register, call: 

Wendy Petroci, Instructor

(518) 382-8481 x9-308