The Center for Elder Law & Justice has received a grant in the amount of $218,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to provide support and training to caregivers of older adults in Western New York. CELJ will adjust and expand on curriculum originally developed through the Health Fellows Program, sponsored by the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York.
“We are thrilled to have this support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to benefit caregivers in our region. This work will support court-appointed family guardians who find themselves overwhelmed by their roles as caregivers. Providing training and education to these dedicated caregivers will improve the overall quality of life for both the caregivers and those in need of care. Ultimately, our goal is that individuals under guardianship will have their self-determination and dignity preserved through supported decision-making,” said Karen Nicolson, CEO of CELJ.
“The role of family caregiver can be both joyful and complex,” said Amber Slichta, vice president of programs, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “This grant is part of the foundation’s commitment to recognize and support the role of caregivers in society, so that both caregivers and those they provide care for are valued and respected through their journeys.”
CELJ will begin work on the project starting in January 2021.