Countless caregivers struggle to manage all the daily activities necessary when taking care of a loved one. It can be challenging to meet the expectations set by those around them, and provide all the care, monetary support, and assistance their family member needs. More and more support groups are cropping up for this reason. Numerous groups are found in Chicago to help caregivers find the resources they need to make their duty work.
Most cities have a department of family services, and Chicago is no exception. The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services is responsible for providing information and resources to families in need. This includes details regarding nearby support groups for caregivers struggling to take care of an elderly family member. Interested parties can contact the main office at (312) 743-0400.
A variety of support groups are listed on the CDFSS site. Drop-ins are welcome at each group, with no reservation necessary. This is an important aspect to many, as not everyone has the time to come to regular meetings, or know their schedule ahead of time. Anyone in need of support can simply show up to a meeting as needed.
The Southwest Regional Center holds a meeting on the first Saturday of each month, at 9:30 a.m. The Northwest Regional Center has its group at 10:30 a.m, on the third Monday every month. The Portage Park Satellite Center hosts a session on the fourth Thursday each month at 9:30 in the morning. With numerous locations offered, and different times and dates for all, there is plenty of opportunities for caregivers to find a session that fits their schedule.
The Illinois Department on Aging provides a list of web resources to the aging community. Multiple programs are available to those in different situations, ranging from a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program to a Meals Program. Caregivers can use these resources to find information they need for their loved ones. Caregiver support groups are also offered through this department. One can call the senior help-line to find out more. The hotline can be reached at (1-800) 252-8966.
From an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group to CJE Senior Life, a number of groups and organizations can be found on the website for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The RIC Life Center focuses on rehabilitation services, but also works to provide valuable resources to the community. They keep a database of all support groups in the area, ranging from AA meetings to caregiver support groups for those taking care of elderly parents. Residents looking to learn more can contact the center at (1-312) 238-5433.
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is sponsored by both Weiss Hospital, and the Alzheimer Association of Greater Illinois. It is held on the third Tuesday each month in the Wise Senior Center at Weiss Memorial Hospital. It is an hour long, from seven to eight p.m. Caregivers, family members, and even friends can attend. People interested in attending the meeting should call (800) 503-1234.
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