Family Caregiver Support

As a caregiver, it's important to realize that you are never alone. According to an AARP study, more than 65 million people—29 percent of the U.S. population—provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. They spend an average of 20 hours each week tending to the needs of their loved ones. 

If you are caring for a senior and are looking for support, please click here to take the TCare Caregiver Screener and a Caregiver Specialist will contact you with 24 business hours.  

You may also leave a message at 847.784.6040, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  and someone will return your call within 24 business hours.  

North Shore Senior Center can help you by providing:

Resources and Services
We can help you find and access resources and services needed to help care for your family member. These resources and services may include home-delivered meals, housekeeping assistance, homemaker service, adult day service, transportation, referrals to other community agencies, and assistance in applying for public entitlements.

We can help you find the emotional support services you may need as the primary caregiver: one-on-one supportive counseling, caregiver support groups, free workshops designed for caregivers, and the opportunity to discuss your issues and concerns with our Caregiver Specialists.

As the primary caregiver of an older adult who has physical and/or cognitive limitations, you may be eligible to receive respite service—temporary relief from your caregiver responsibilities. For a much needed break or in the event of a family emergency when there is no back-up family support, respite service may be arranged. Respite can be in-home assistance, adult day service, or a brief stay in a nursing facility.

Alzheimer's Family Support Group

2nd Tuesday of the month, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Campus, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield, Illinois
Facilitator: Marci Balonick, 847.242.6277

Evanston Family Caregiver Support Group
1st Wednesday of the month, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Illinois
Facilitator: Rose Karasti, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, 847.424.5671 or

Please contact facilitator prior to attending your first meeting.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
3rd Monday of the month, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Evanston, Illinois 
Facilitator: Ruth Malutan, MSW, 847.424.5654

Skokie Family Caregiver Support Group

4th Wednesday of the month, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Skokie Village Hall—Second floor, Room D 

5127 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois

Facilitator: Rose Karasti, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, 847.424.5671 or

Please contact facilitator prior to attending your first meeting.


For more information about any of our Caregiver Resources, please contact:
Northfield—Heather Resnick, Caregiver Specialist, 847.784.6041 or


Niles, Evanston and Skokie—Rose Karasti, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, 847.424.5671 or

Caregiver specialists can be available after hours and on weekends by appointment only.