Caregiving Is Love… AND Work

Elder mother-daughter

“Caregiving is work“… three simple words that recognize the everyday efforts of the millions of family caregivers who provide care to their loved ones. Because it is work, the Illinois Cost-of-Living Refund Coalition and the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) support Illinois HB 2974, a bill proposing Earned Income Credit (EIC) for family caregiving.

If you are (or have been) an unpaid family caregiver, you know the work. As a family caregiver, you may very well be the meal planner, shopper, and chef; the housekeeper; the teacher; the medical care manager; the exercise coach; the spiritual leader and counselor; the financial manager; the personal care provider; the “taxi” provider… and more. 

Pile Covid-19 on top of this mountain of tasks… and no pay….  Family caregivers, supported by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (IPIRG), Economic Security of Illinois, and the Illinois Cost-of-Living Refund Council, say enough is enough.

A Proposed Illinois Solution:  Expand the Earned Income Credit to include family caregivers.

What You Can Do:  Volunteer to share your caregiving story at the next Care for Caregivers Virtual Town Hall sponsored by Illinois PIRG and numerous other local non-profits. Maybe your story centers on your financial situation; maybe you need additional resources:  caregiver education, transportation, day programing, money to fix the furnace, some time to yourself, etc.  Whatever your concerns, your local legislators need to hear them.  It’s time for family caregivers to speak up!

If you are interested in sharing your story, contact Chris Damon. Lake County CaregiverNet at 847-596-8226 or LCCaregiverNet@gmail.com. 

View the December 10, 2020, “Care for Caregivers Virtual Town Hall.”

Read the “Care for Caregivers” support statement from the Illinois Cost-of-Living Refund Coalition at https://www.economicsecurityil.org/care-for-caregivers.

Read the proposed Illinois Earned Income Credit legislation (HB 2792) at https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB2792/2021.

NOTE: The bill was originally listed as HB 2974. That number is from 2020 and no longer applies. The HB 2792 information in the preceding paragraph is current and correct as of 4/12/2021.