Who We Are:
The Lake County CaregiverNet (LCCN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the State of Illinois.
The LCCN is dedicated to improving the lives of family caregivers (family, friends, neighbors) in the community by linking them with resources, support, and each other.
information sharing, caregiver support, resources, advocacy, education, and gap analysis
Family caregivers are essential to the well-being of adults and children who live with functional challenges and/or illness. Their unpaid contributions are also vital to our health, social, economic, and long-term care systems. In 2019, approximately 1 in 5 Americans provided unpaid care to another adult or child... mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, children, other family members, close friends and neighbors. Increasingly, family caregivers provide care to multiple people, often older adults and children simultaneously. Covid-19 has not only increased the number of family caregivers, it also added to their challenges (AARP & NAC).
As in the rest of the country, family caregivers in Lake County, Illinois, need support to overcome the financial, emotional, and health-related pressures related to their caregiving experiences.
In 2016, striving to integrate services and to create a “no wrong door” for family caregivers in Lake County, we (a group of non-profits serving Lake County*) created an informal network to inform ourselves, Lake County family caregivers, and other concerned residents and organizations about our respective support services. We created a simple website, and created Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In the summer of 2018, the Spungen Foundation awarded the Lake County CaregiverNet (LCCN) a small grant to help the organization formalize its status in Illinois and with the IRS. In December, 2019, the LCCN achieved its goal, becoming recognized by the IRS as a designated 501(c)(3) organization.
The Lake County CaregiverNet is led by Chris Damon of Lessons In Care L3C; Dan Medina, a former care manager; and Ann Bartley-Arquilla, a retired nurse. Other Board members include Margaret Hoppe, a family caregiver; Colette Jordan of AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois; and Lisa Pugliese of Senior Living Connections.
LCCN offers information via telephone and this extensive website, referral, and education to family caregivers. Educational programs for family caregivers include the evidence-based Stress Busters program and webinar/in-person presentations by community experts. We bring organizations together through quarterly meetings, group emails, and social media. The public is further informed via a vastly increased presence by caregiving organizations on the 211 Lake County website. Funding is provided through donations, membership, the Spungen Foundation, and AgeGuide.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more and/or are interested in helping us build the Lake County CaregiverNet.
*Alzheimer’s Association (Greater Illinois Chapter), Aurora Health, Catholic Charities (Senior Services), ElderCARE of Lake County, Erie Family Health, ExtraCare… for families living with Alzheimer’s, Faith in Action, Family Service of Lake County, Hanul Alliance, JourneyCare, Lake County Center for Independent Living, Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission, Lake County Veterans Foundation, Lessons in Care L3C, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Parkinson’s Foundation, Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Prairie State Legal Services, Rosalind Franklin University, Shiloh Baptist Church, Zion Caring Community, and Waukegan Township Senior Services.