Caring Connections of Ulster County is a non-profit organization providing educational programs and support for Family Caregivers in Ulster County. We recognize that caregiving can be a demanding and lonely job, often creating social isolation for the caregiver.
Caring Connections of Ulster County strives to offer programs and support to assist Family Caregivers in their daily challenges with the care they provide to their loved ones.
Through monthly meetings, conferences and support networks, we offer guidance to Family Caregivers as they deal with these issues.
To provide caregivers with an empathetic, safe, and confidential environment
A place where they can:
- be refreshed
- laugh and cry
- share their stories with unconditional acceptance
- find hope and emotional support
- become aware of resources in the community that can help with their caregiving responsibilities
After returning to college as an adult, Evelyn earned her Associates degree at SUNY Ulster and her Bachelor’s degree at Vassar College, cum laude.
Evelyn has over 20 years of experience working with Caregivers as well as being a Caregiver herself. Always having a passion for addressing the unmet needs of the Family Caregiver, Evelyn started Caring Connections Caregiver Support Groups. This led to regular educational seminars and now to the Annual Family Caregiver Conference which is a full day event focusing on the unmet needs of the Family Caregiver.
Her current major project is the further development of this interactive online support system for caregivers. This website will connect the Family Caregiver with all the available resources in our community, as well as events, online webinars and support groups that empower the Family Caregiver.
Evelyn’s ultimate goal is to open a Family Caregiver Respite facility where Family Caregivers can bring their loved ones to be cared for while they take a break and recharge on a well deserved vacation.
She was presented with the “Pride of Ulster County” award from the Ulster County Legislators. She has appeared on CNN to discuss how caregiving is now part of retirement planning for many families and is a routine guest on local radio shows periodically for call-in questions from family caregivers.
Ellen has been involved in the field of geriatric management for more than twenty five years as a Senior Needs Advocate, member of the board of the New York State Adult Daycare Services Association, and president of the Mid-Hudson Day Care Association.
She spent fourteen years working directly with senior citizens as Director of the Adult Day Care Center in Kingston, NY coordinating the daily activities of seniors and supervising support personnel. She planned and initiated the opening of an adult daycare center in Ellenville, NY.
Ellen is presently involved in Alzheimer Committee (PAC) and facilitate a monthly Alzheimer’s support group in Woodstock, NY. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Gateway Industries which provides housing, employment, and community services to the disabled. Since the year 2003, she has owned and operated her own senior care management service: Care Alternatives of Mid-Hudson.
The law is a second career for Kathleen. Since 2003, she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the Elder Community of Ulster County.
Since 2005, she has been a sole practitioner drafting Care Giver Contracts, Roommate Agreements, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Wills with Special Needs Trusts, Probate Petitions, Asset Protection Plans and Medicaid Plans for Care at Home or in a Skilled Nursing Facility.
She particularly enjoys the challenge of researching products and services that will best meet the unique and individual goals of each client.
After retiring from a Programming career at IBM, Kathleen completed the requirements for a Paralegal Certificate at Marist College. The enthusiasm for the law she developed at Marist led to a Jurist Doctorate degree from Western New England University School of Law. Her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Masters of Science in Industrial Administration have provided a strong foundation along with her law degree for the complexities of Asset Protection Strategies and Medicaid Planning calculations.
She continues to be a strong advocate for seniors as a member of the Elder Law section and Trusts and Estates section of the NY State Bar Association, the Ulster County Bar Association, the Statewide Senior Action Council, and providing legal services for the Ulster County Office For the Aging.