We often receive questions from our audience about CareSmart... who we help and what we do. For that reason, we depart from our usual "news" this week to provide you with an example of other services provided by CareSmart.
93-year-old Rhonda wants desperately to remain in her home, but her income and deteriorating physical condition are making that wish a seemingly impossible dream. Her daughter, though caring and loving, lives 50 miles away in Will County, and is herself physically limited and unable to provide all the help that her mother needs.
Enter CareSmart Illinois, offering caregiver coaching and referral to resources and care for which Rhonda and her family are eligible. Because of CareSmart's intervention, Rhonda received in-home respite and home care for the times her daughter could not be available, a referral to Catholic Charities for additional home services, family counseling and support for her daughter and grandchildren, and Veteran's Aid & Attendance benefits based on her husband's military service.
CareSmart's coaching and support helped Rhonda to stay in a cared-for environment, where she could continue to live independently and with dignity!
Many of you know CareSmart for its community programs on topics such as dementia, housing, and self-advocacy. "Rhonda's Story" is just one example of the personal and web-based educational services that we also provide. You can contact CareSmart for telephone and in-person consultations, referrals to other services, and access to a comprehensive website that offers links to multiple Local, Caring for You, and Caring for Others resources that can help you care for a loved one... and for yourself. All are free of charge to those in need.
In Illinois, 1.5 million family caregivers provide unpaid care to another adult, most often an elderly person. In Lake County alone, unpaid family members and friends number over 80,000! Just like professional caregivers, they do their best when they have appropriate education and support.