As a caregiver it is important to nurture yourself and find time to garner support from others going through the journey of caring for a loved one. Below is a listing of caregiver resources that you may find helpful.
10 Tips for Family Caregivers | Caregiver Action Network
10 Tips for Family Caregivers has been developed by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), which provides numerous resources for caregivers on their website. These include information on family caregiving, a forum, peer network, educational videos, agencies and organizations, and coping with the following disabilities: Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, COPD and Alzheimer's.
www.caregiveraction.org/resources/10-tips-family-caregivers Phone: 1-855-CARE-640
City of Chicago :: Caregiving Support Groups
Chicago Department of Family and Support Services & The Salvation Army-Family and Community Services host Support Groups for Caregivers. Caring for an older loved one? Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Looking for a place to vent and share ideas with others in a similar situation?
www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fss/supp_info/caregiving_support.html Phone: 312.744.4016
Caregiver Support | USAGov
A helpful list of local and goverment support resources from support groups, to financial resources and hiring a family member as your caregiver. The Medicaid Self-Directed Care program lets qualified people manage their own health services. It also lets them hire family members as caregivers in some states.
The CaringBridge is a website that allows people to have one private online place for family and friends and provide support to persons with a condition. 651-789-2300
Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services (ccseniorservices.org)
Catholic Charities of Chicago has numerous programs throughout Cook and Lake counties. These sites offer caregiver case management and support services.
Caring for Caregivers | Rush System
Rush University Medical Center, Rush Generations, has a Caregiver Initiative which is a program that offers family caregivers customized program to care for themselves while caring for others. The project is made available through a generous grant from the Retirement Research Foundation. Services included are: the Teach-Back Clinic, Family Care Planning meetings, and Goals of Medical Care meetings. Phone: 312-563-0350
Family Caregiver Alliance mission is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and those who receive their care. The FCA does this through providing publications and support for caregivers that includes: tip and fact sheets,videos, support groups, and practical information for caregivers. FCA also provides information on publicly-funded caregiver support programs in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This helps people identify, according to their state, eligibility to be paid as a family caregiver.
Well Spouse Association
Well Spouse is a national, not for profit organization which gives support to wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled. Well Spouse support groups meet monthly for members to share thoughts and feelings openly with others facing similar circumstances. WS support groups are also an excellent source for information on a wide-range of practical issues facing spousal caregivers. wellspouse.org
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