Technology in the fields of medicine and nutrition have blessed us all with the ability to live longer, healthier lives than ever before. This increase in lifespan has come with lots of new options for continued care for the aging, allowing you to find the right balance of lifestyle choices and changing needs – and to keep changing that balance as time goes on.

But how will you or your family continue to pay for that care during all of that extended time?

As difficult as it can be to accept, decisions about the care of our aging loved ones often eventually come down to matters of cost. The reality is that as our needs grow, our income tends to diminish, and more and more of us are forced to get creative with how we take care of ourselves and our aging relatives.

If these challenges apply to you or a loved one, you should know that Illinois’ relatively new Supportive Living program is designed to offer another option for care for those who need financial assistance but want to avoid residing in a nursing home. The Supportive Living program offers access to assisted living facilities that provide an apartment-style living experience not typically supported by public financial assistance. These facilities can provide residents with the daily assistance they need without robbing them of their privacy or independence.

The benefits of this program are great, but as with any public program, there are conditions and requirements that must be met. If you or someone you know is a caregiver, you owe it to yourself to be aware of what the state can offer.

On Tuesday, December 3rd, Covenant Home of Chicago is hosting a free seminar called Supportive Living 101: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know. An expert from the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition will cover topics such as the history and future of Supportive Living, how to help a loved one access the program, and what differentiates Supportive Living from other long-term care options. The event is open to anyone, and CEU credit will be available for licensed social workers.

RSVP is requested, as space will be limited. Please see this page for complete event details and RSVP information.