New York State Office for the Aging and Department of Health are working collaboratively to fulfill a vision of a restructured and accessible long-term care system that supports the consumers choice and independence and provides affordable services that meet their individual needs. NY Connects: Choices for Long-Term Care, is a first step toward achieving that vision. It is a statewide program to establish county level, consumer-centered access points to information and assistance for all individuals in need of long-term care services, regardless of age, income or payment source. NY Connects: Choices for Long-Term Care is a free information and assistance service available to individuals and their families to help them make better decisions regarding their long-term care needs. Long-term care services assist individuals of all ages and their families to achieve the highest level of independent functioning possible, regardless of the setting in which assistance is given. Today, long-term care services are increasingly geared toward providing care within your own home. Eldercare and family caregiving is a range of services that address the health, social and personal care needs of those who do not have the capacity for self-care for an extended or indefinite period of time. Eldercare and family caregiving services assist individuals of all ages and their families to achieve the highest level of independent functioning possible, regardless of the setting in which assistance is given. Today, Eldercare and family caregiving services are increasingly geared toward providing care within your own home. The spectrum of services that help to meet these needs is called long-term care. Long-term care can range from a daily home delivered meal to around-the-clock medical care. The goal of NY Connects is to provide individualized assistance to any person of any age who requires any type of long-term care services. NY Connects will provide consumers and their caregivers with unbiased, comprehensive information about long-term care options; allow consumers and their caregivers to make informed choices about long-term care that balance cost, access, and quality; ensure all decisions are guided by consumer needs and preferences; and support all persons to live as independently as possible as long as they desire and are able. In Clinton County, call 565-4902 or go to www.clintoncountynyconnects.org for more information.