For Caregivers

Couple smilingThey were there for you when you needed them. They planned for your future. Now you are the stronger one who is playing a big role in planning for their future. In homes across the nation, people are struggling to meet their obligations to their children, to their parents, to their community. Choosing the right kind of care for a family member who is frail or vulnerable due to injury, illness or age is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make. Use the resources on these pages to help you balance the care you provide for others and yourself along with your other responsibilities.

Are you a caregiver?
Are you handling your aging mother's bills? Do you take your grandfather to the grocery store once a week? Do you take time off work to drive your aunt to her doctor appointments? If so, you are a caregiver ... and there are many services and supports available to you and the person for whom you are caring.

Caregiver Support Group in Joliet
Easterseals Joliet Region offers a weekly family caregiver support group that provides an atmosphere of understanding and support for family caregivers to explore common difficulties and experiences that come with being the primary caregiver.  You are welcome to join us for a time of education, sharing, caregiver support, and to enjoy the company of other caregivers on Tuesdays at 11am at 212 Barney Drive, Jolie

Brain Injury Support Group in Joliet
Easterseals Joliet Region offers a monthly support group for persons who have had an acquired or traumatic brain injury.  Support groups enable individuals to exchange ideas in a confidential atmosphere where both positive and negative views can be expressed without being judged.  Group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm at 212 Barney Drive, Joliet

The Many Faces of Caregiving Study
Download this free study now and find out how we are changing the national conversation on caregiving!

Fran Miner and her family sitting outsideThe New Faces of Caregiving
Today’s caregiver can be anyone from your next door neighbor to your own children. Explore some of the heartfelt stories of today’s caregivers and caregiving resources.

Husband and Wife walking in park Being a Caregiver for Someone You Love
What does it mean to be a caregiver? Caregiving is a different experience for everyone depending on how much care your loved one requires, which can range from a friendly visit once in a while to 24 hour care.

Fran Miner and her family sitting outside Staying Involved When You Don't Live nearby
Long-distance, or remote, caregiving has quickly become a reality. Long distance caregivers are usually family members who provide support, care or care coordination from at least an hour away. Although the distance may change, the responsibility and dedication remains the same, and Easterseals has many resources available to help you out. Woman smiling

Planning for the Future
Whether you’re 39 or 99, it’s never too early to start planning. For most of us, the majority of our older years are spent healthy and active. However, many people experience an eventual need for assistance due to acquired disability, aging related conditions and/or other illnesses. With thoughtful planning, and services and supports, most of us can continue to live in, contribute to and stay connected to our communities.

Adult Day Services program participant receiving a backrub Caregiving in America: The Big Picture
It is important to be aware of our changing demographics. Statistics today will quickly become personal realities -- caregiving will become part of our family lives, our friendships and neighborhoods.

People huggingEasterseals' Caregivers' Spokesperson Network
The members of Easterseals’ Caregivers Spokespersons Network are experts who work in markets across the country providing help, hope and answers to older adults and those who care for them.

Plane People FlagMilitary & Veteran Caregivers
As was highlighted in the RAND “Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers” study, it is projected that there are 5.5 million family members and friends caring for our nation's service members and veterans in need of support. Military Caregivers often have fewer supports and experience higher levels of burden, stress, and physical strain. Easterseals offers help, hope and answers, whether you're the son of a Korean War veteran now experiencing memory loss or the spouse of an Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veteran experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).

Other Helpful Resources

Talking with Your Doctor

Tips to maintain a good relationship with your loved one's doctor.

S.A.F.E.T.Y First
Steps to assure you are prepared for an emergency evacuation.

Easy Access Housing 
Resources for making your home accessible.

Transportation Solutions for Caregivers
Transporting an older loved one who requires physical assistance or has dementia can present a challenge, but it doesn't have to be a struggle. There is almost always a solution and a way to make every car trip easier.

Caregiving in Rural America
Download this report, produced by Easterseals and the National Alliance for Caregiving. Caregiving in Rural America brings to light and supports the demand to address the ever-increasing numbers and unmet needs of rural caregivers.

"Loving Conversations" for Your Aging Parents
Download or order Easterseals' free booklet to help adult children and their parents make the best decisions on health care, living arrangements and more.

Contact Easterseals for more information about Easterseals services for caregivers in your area.

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