Resources

Resources

Senior Care Volunteer Network is pleased to make available articles and web page links to information that we think is valuable to our senior care recipients and their families/care givers.

Please check back often. As we find new information, we will pass it along!

If you come across some information that you think others would benefit from, please email us at linda@scvnmchenrycounty.org.

Caregiver.com is a great general resource for caregivers.

Family Alliance provides adult day care in Woodstock. Watch for Huntley support groups starting soon.

Prairie State Legal Services provides a number of free services for seniors.  Call 888-965-7757 or visit their website at www.pslegal.org.

The Veteran’s Assistance Commission provides a number of valuable services for Veterans and their spouses.  For information call (815) 334-4000 or click here to visit the VAC website.

For educational, patient and care giver support information on Mesothelioma contact The Mesothelioma Group by calling 888-708-5660 or visit their website at www.mesotheliomagroup.com.

The United Way sponsors a community Help Line to put you in touch with organization ready to help 24/7/365.  To ‘get connected’ simply Dial 211 or visit their website at www.findhelp211.org.

Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County has broadened their mission by adding a new program called A Brush with Kindness (ABWK), which is intended to benefit low-income McHenry County homeowners who are struggling to maintain their homes. ABWK focuses on yard clean-up, critical exterior repairs, and interior repairs deemed necessary to insure the safety and functionality of the home. The program is also aimed at helping people with physical limitations by providing accessibility items such as handicapped ramps. For info,please visit the Habitat for Humanity McHenry County website

Aging with Dignity is a private, non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness.  Their ‘Five Wishes’ document is the most widely used advance directive or living will in America.  Click here to learn more about Aging with Dignity and the ‘Five Wishes’ document.  A free copy of the ‘Five Wishes’ document is available to SCVN Care Receivers and Volunteers by contacting the SCVN office at 815-455-3120.

For our tech-savy friends:

When a serious illness or accident strikes, family members, friends and distant relatives want to be kept abreast of events. Sometimes, it is easiest to do this via the web.
Here are three sites that offer this free service:

carepages.com
lotsahelpinghands.com
caringbridge.org

Help from the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association has a social worker available 24/7.  For information call 800-272-3900 or click here to visit their website.

Reading Resources:

How to Keep Mom (and yourself) Out of a Nursing Home Seven Keys to Keeping Your Independence, David Fisher, MD
“Generations”, Journal of the American Society on Aging, Fall 2010, “The Future of Aging”