Judy Santamaria, MSPH

Judy Santamaria, MSPH, is the director of the Family Caregiver Support Program at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She designs and runs a program for caregiver support to ensure that attention to the needs of caregivers becomes an integral part of home care, and she leads community education workshops for family caregivers, nursing students, and interested healthcare professionals throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Why I Care

"As our population ages and medical technologies improve, an increasing number of people are able to age in their homes -- a place they want to be, where they're surrounded by family, friends, and familiar routines. But more and more help is being needed from family caregivers, an invisible workforce that often comes to this work suddenly and without any training or preparation. We have to help family caregivers manage their responsibilities and ward off the stress, fatigue, chronic diseases, and injury for which they are at such high risk. Assessing caregiver abilities and training needs, providing stress management counseling, and referring to community resources are ways to help family caregivers manage their caregiving, and their own lives and health, for the long term."


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