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TCARE (Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral)

TCARE is a caregiver assessment tool that identifies the stressors of individual caregivers and provides personalized tools and resources to support the caregiving journey.

TCARE: How does it work?

TCARE is the first tool of it’s kind to assess the needs of the caregiver rather than focus on the care receiver. Through a series of questions, the TCARE assessment tool identifies the specific drivers of the caregiver’s distress. With the specific stressors identified, an individualized care plan is created to help the caregiver feel more equipped to manage their role and identity as a caregiver. Interventions such as counseling, support groups and respite are put in place to manage stressors and prevent caregiver burn out.

If you are caring for a loved one who is an older adult (60+), or a loved one who is living with memory loss due to Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementias – you are a caregiver, and we can help! The high demands of caring for a loved one can result in experiencing increased levels of stress. Through supportive services our local providers equip caregivers with tools, training, and resources to continue to care for their loved one.

Get connected with resources:

Contact your local Caregiver Resource Center by referencing the table below. Caregiver specialists are available to share information and connect you to specific services and tools to strengthen your caregiving journey.

At community-based Caregiver Resource Centers, specialists provide services to enable families to cope with the stress of their caregiving roles, including counseling, training and education, support groups, workshops, care coordination, referral sources, individual counseling and peer support.

To determine if you are eligible to receive caregiver respite, emergency financial assistance, and/or one-on-one counseling, find the Caregiver Resource Center that serves your area and click on and complete their intake screener linked below!

You can also call AgeOptions to find the Caregiver Resource Center near you or use our referral page to find your Caregiver Resource Center by typing in your address.

Barrington, Hanover, Palatine, and Wheeling Townships

Catholic Charities-Northwest
Arlington Heights

(847) 253-5500

Intake screener

Berwyn and Cicero Townships

Solutions for Care
North Riverside

(708) 447-2448

Intake screener

Bloom Bremen, Calumet, Rich, and Thornton Townships

South Suburban Senior Services of Catholic Charities


Intake screener

Elk Grove and Schaumburg Townships

Kenneth Young Center
Elk Grove Village

(847) 524-8800

Intake screener

Lyons, Riverside, Proviso, Leyden, and Norwood Park Townships

Aging Care Connections
(outposts in Melrose Park)

(708) 354-1323

Intake screener

Lemont, Orland, Palos, and Worth Townships

PLOWS Council on Aging
Palos Heights

(708) 361-0219

Intake screener

Evanston and Niles Townships

North Shore Senior Center

(847) 864- 3721

Intake screener

Oak Park and River Forest Townships

Oak Park Township Senior Services
Oak Park

(708) 383-8060

Intake screener

Stickney Township

Stickney Township Office on Aging

(708) 636-8850

Intake screener

Maine, New Trier, and Northfield Townships

North Shore Senior Center

(847) 784-6040

Intake screener

Caregiving Professionals

For more information, about our caregiver program and resources please contact Cristina Diaz at Cristina.Diaz@ageoptions.org.

Other professionals

If you would like to learn more about TCARE for your organization, visit TCARE’s webpage.

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