Welcome to the IRC Library!

Our new on-line library offers articles to read at your leisure.  All articles are sorted by relevant topics and by the chronological age of the caregiver’s loved one(s).  As always the library is filled with information that is not based on the opinion of the IRC or its members.

Happy Reading!


Caregiver Resources



 HELPGUIDE.ORG - finding and Choosing Respite Care Services and Providers


Strength for Caring - a place to connect with other caregivers


CarePages - free patient blogs that connect friends and family during a health challenge


Military One Source  - Whether your special needs family member is a child or adult, the Department of Defense and the military services are committed to giving your personal, high-quality support.


Going Beyond Insurance  -  Actionable ways to protect your family's health, including exercise, nutrition, and other ways to keep you and your family healthy.


RUSH University Respite Resources



Click on the titles for more resources


List of PAS Agencies in Illinois


Rehab Tip Sheets


Resources for living, managing, and enjoying everyday life when using a wheelchair


Abilities Expo is the trusted source where people with disabilities, their families, seniors, vets, caregivers and healthcare professionals gain knowledge and empowerment


American Brain Tumor Association – Care & Support:


Abuse/Neglect Hotlines


Department of Human Services – Reporting abuse and neglect for people with disabilities:


 Reporting Abuse on the Aging:


DCFS Child abuse/neglect:





Volunteer Protection Act



Assessments & tools


Washington State University Caregiver Assessment tool:


American Medical Association – Caregiver Self-Assessment Tool


Non- Profit Risk Management Center - Assessment


Rural Communities


Rural Health and Rural Community Human Resources on line   














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Lifespan Respite Programs


ARCH Respite Resources


Alabama Lifespan Respite


Area on Aging – Lifespan Respite Program Description



Pediatric and Youth Ref & Resources


Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)  


HealthyChildren.Org:  A new website brought to you by the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Autism Illinois Support Groups


Illinois Yellow Pages for Kids



Senior References & Resources


Elder Care Fact Sheets


Illinois Department on Aging Senior Help Line


Illinois Department on Aging resources and links


2011 Alzheimer's Facts and Figures report


Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia


Caring for Your Parents Video and guide 


Training Sites – Tools & Resources


Illinois Respite Coalition – 4 trainings per quarter and our annual summit!

(Visit our calendar for information)


Safeguards Respite Learning Portal 


Basic First Aid tips


Principals of Caregiving – A resource Guide - Arizona Direct Care


Family Caregiver Alliance 



Safety/ First Aid


Client Safety Website and Resources


American Academy of orthopedic surgeons




Office of Justice  Grants 101 class


Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Family Respite Care Grant


The AdoptUSKids Respite Program grants of up to $5,000 to parent support groups and associations across the country who are partnering with local public agencies to start respite care programs in their area.


 Children with AIDS– respite grants


The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias - 2010 caregiver grants








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