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caregiverlist

Caregiverlist connects families with qualified, licensed senior home care agencies in their area and provides information on the costs and various care solutions for seniors needing assistance to remain in their homes or looking to move to a senior community.

caregiverlist.com‘s Experts provide qualified information on Assisted Living, Estate Planning, Reverse Mortgages and Long-term Care Insurance.

For those looking for jobs as a CNA, this is also a great place to visit.


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Department of Family and Support Services – Assisted Living Information

Lisa volunteered with this agency when she first moved to Chicago and still has many friends that continue to do great work for Chicago’s seniors.

Some of the services offered by the Department are information and assistance, senior centers, transportation services, employment services education, caregiving support and housing options.


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Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield.

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

Our 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public.


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benefitscheckup.org

This website provided by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) helps thousands of people every day to connect to private or government programs that help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other needs.


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The Veterans’ Administration offers a Special Pension with Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit that is largely unknown. This Special Pension (part of the VA Improved Pension program) allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisted living facility also qualifies. 

This most important benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a “pension benefit” and is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Most Veterans who are in need of assistance qualify for this pension. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility. A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,759 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,130 per month. A couple is eligible for up to $2,085 per month. (These are the 2014 rates & eligibility varies)

Often it is this extra income that can make or break someones ability to live in assisted living or get the care they need.  Many veterans assume they do not qualify.  We recommend talking with an attorney who specializes in this benefit to get help applying for it.