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Caregivers Resources: General Materials & Services

Caregiving Basics

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

Get the latest public health information from CDC:
Get the latest research information from NIH:

** Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps (video).

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - 

"Individual should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing." 

Center for Disease Control: CDC Resources in Languages Other than English ) 

For additional Coronavirus materials in other languages, please visit the CDC Print Resources page.

New York State - Percentage Positive Results By Region Dashboard (FORWARD.NY.GOV) - Click on the link or image (below) to visit the website for the most up-to-date data.

​​Regional Dashboard

Dutchess County COVID-19 Community Impact Dashboard (DUTCHESSNY.GOV) - Click on the link or image (below) to visit the website for the most up-to-date data.


For additional (government, state and local) resources visit the Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources page vetted by Poughkeepsie Public Library Staff.


American Addiction Centers - COVID-19 & Addiction: Risks of Going Untreated

Free Virtual Support Meetings - offered during this time using GoToMeetings virtual platform.

  • Narcotics Anonymous Style Meetings
  • Alcoholic Anonymous Style Meetings

Caregiving: Who are caregivers? - Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

"Caregivers provide care to people who need some degree of ongoing assistance with everyday tasks on a regular or daily basis. The recipients of care can live either in residential or institutional settings, range from children to older adults, and have chronic illnesses or disabling conditions."

The Caregiver Role - Caregiving 101: On Being a Caregiver - Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving (FCA)

"Caregivers can be spouses, partners, adult children, parents, other relatives (siblings, aunts, nieces/nephews, in-laws, grandchildren), friends, neighbors. ...
You may be employed full or part-time. You may be raising children, or be a volunteer, a spouse, have other family commitments. ...You might need to navigate social service systems, call doctors while you’re at work, advocate for the care receiver, and take care of their day-to-day needs, while you try to do all of those same things for yourself and your family.

Caregivers - MedlinePlus


Caregivers Selfcare Assessment Resources -

New York State Caregiving & Respite Coalition (NYSCRC)

Respite is planned or emergency care provided  to a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers who are caring for that child or adult.

Assistance can be offered by: government agencies, nonprofits, employers.

Caregiver Action Network

Tuck: Advancing Better Sleep -

Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Read articles discussing: 


Senior Safety Reviews -

Compare Medical Alert Systems. Whether you’re looking for protection and peace of mind for yourself, a parent or a spouse, the best medical alert system still provides the quickest and simplest access to emergency help 24 hours a day, everyday, no matter where you are.

e-Resources on Consumer Health -

Subject guide including information on:

  • General Health
  • Comparing and Evaluating Resources
  • Nutrition

Extension Services

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District offers extension services to patrons who are unable to get to the library. The service is by application and certification. Individuals (or their caregivers) who are interested in home visits should print the application and submit it to the Library District.

Applicants must be residents of the City or Town of Poughkeepsie. Certification must be completed. All patron records are confidential. 

  • The application takes 1-7 days to process.
  • Once approved, William Ahlbach or Veronica Martin-Follette will be in contact to arrange the first visit and ask if they should bring any library materials with them.
  • During that visit a library card can be issued if the patron does not already have one.
  • Deliveries are made weekly.

For additional questions please contact either:

Name: Phone: Email:



(845) 485-3445 



Veronica Martin-Follette

(845) 485-3445 


Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) - Search the MHLS

OPAC - Search and request materials available in the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS)'s member libraries.

General Print Resources