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Caregiver Advisory Services

Caregiver Advisory Services

Family caregivers serve as a critical component in providing the long-term care needs of older adults.

Caring for someone is rewarding, but it can also be difficult and stressful. Caregiving can impact the physical and emotional health of caregivers, who often neglect their own needs while caring for others. If you are a caregiver, you are not alone. More than one million Illinoisans are facing the same challenges, questions, and decisions about caring for an older adult.

It is important to ask for help

What services are available to caregivers?

The Caregiver Advisory Program provides information and support services to help caregivers cope with their caregiving roles. The program can help caregivers locate these and other services:

  • Information about available community services & resources
  • Assistance in gaining access to community resources
  • Support groups, education, and counseling for caregivers
  • Respite care (temporary and intermittent relief) for the caregiver
  • Information about legal rights including visitation, guardianship, adoption, and formal caregiving relationships.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be providing informal (unpaid) care for an older adult age 60+, or you must be an older adult (60+ caring for an adult with disabilities (caregiver CAN be a parent).

If you are interested in learning more about how this program can help caregivers, please contact our office at (217) 379-9281, or email us at info@fordcountyphd.org.

Caregiver Advisory Staff

Diane Tavenner, RN

Resources

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  • Agency on Aging
  • Community Care Coordination
  • DHS
  • CDC
  • Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services