Caregiving & Companionship
Caregivers Serving Northbrook, Highland Park & More
In addition to the medical care our services also include non-medical in-home
care and companionship. LifeCare is licensed by the Illinois Department
of Public Health, Illinois Department on Aging and Illinois Department
of Human Services division of Rehabilitation, thus enabling us to provide
a wide variety of in-home care services in the Chicago-land area.
In-home care services can be covered by private pay, long term care insurances,
veterans programs, and state funded programs for qualified citizens (age
60+) and for people with disabilities. Want to learn more? Call LifeCare
to discuss the various options that may be available for you and speak
to one of our care managers about your unique situation.
A professional care manager will:
- Work with you and your family to identify your needs.
- Conduct an assessment and develop a plan of care.
- Provide service while monitoring and communicating with family members.
Our personnel are all:
- Insured, bonded, and undergo extensive background and reference checks.
- Required to undergo preliminary and ongoing annual training.
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We take responsibility for hiring, training, supervising, and coordination
of care. We also help to coordinate with other healthcare services such
as skilled medical and rehabilitative, to deliver a superior experience.
You can find medical supply and pharmacy services through LifeCare. Most
importantly, we work with you and your family every step of the way to
ensure that you receive the best care possible at home.
Serving the many suburbs of the North Shore and Chicago, including:
- Highland Park
- Lake Forest
- Lake Bluff
Our At-Home Services
Conversation and Companionship
Whether it's conversation and company, or just eating a meal together,
having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.
Many seniors do not have the opportunity to eat a well-balanced meal. Let
prepare a hot, delicious, nutritious meal, allowing you
to enjoy healthier living.
This can include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning
bathrooms and kitchens, taking out the trash, straightening all rooms,
organizing closets and drawers, and cleaning any interior windows that
can be reached without a ladder.
Caregivers can run errands such as picking up prescriptions, going to the
post office, and other support.
Caregivers will shop with or without the client accompanying them. They
can shop at any store the client prefers.
Respite or Relief for Family
Rest and relief for family members who are assisting with the care of their
loved ones can be very beneficial. LifeCare can provide assistance so
you can run errands, go shopping or get some much-needed rest.
Although our caregivers cannot administer medications, they can assist
the individual who shares in the responsibility of taking their own medication.
Assisting with opening medication containers or medpaks, reading labels
and reminding the person to take their medications are all ways in which
we can assist.
Grooming and Dressing Guidance
We can help button buttons, tie shoes, put on socks, etc.
Trips to doctor appointments, barbershops, beauty salons, shopping, or
wherever the client likes to go can be included in this. Getting seniors
out and about is good for their mind, body and spirit.
Laundry and Linen Washing
This can be done in either the client's home or the laundromat and includes
washing, drying, ironing and putting things away.
Recreational Activities and Crafts
Whether its cards, board games, or a walk in the park, LifeCare can help
our clients stay mentally and physically active. We also can take the
client out to enjoy their favorite activities.
Mail Assistance and Organization
We can assist the client in separating the junk mail from the important
mail, and let them know when bills are due.
Periodic Review and Communication with Family
We can contact the family on a recurring basis to discuss how things are
going, answer any concerns, or redefine any services that may be needed.
This is a great service for clients whose families live far away and may
not be in daily contact with their loved ones.
Emergency Monitoring Systems
This provides independence, safety, and peace of mind. You get help when
you need it, in the event of an emergency, virtually anywhere in your
home at the touch of a button. 24-hour or live-in care (available in most
areas) can be provided for those clients who can't be left alone.
Personal Care Services
Bathing is essential to an individual's sense of well-being. It refreshes
the spirit and provides relaxation while cleansing the skin and stimulating
Activity and exercise are vital to a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of
movement to both physical and mental health are seen in everyday life.
Benefits include increasing stamina, strengthening the heart, lowering
blood pressure, and improving digestion and sleep. In addition it improves
mood, releases stress and increases mental alertness.
Transferring and Positioning
Moving or placing a person into a correct posture position encourages the
functional activity of the body's many systems. It assists in eliminating
pressure areas on the skin, reducing atrophy and stiffening of muscles,
as well as encourages proper breathing, digestion, and elimination.
The inability to control urination or defecation is embarrassing to individuals
and can become unsanitary if not taken care of correctly. Our caregivers
understand the sensitivity of this situation and approach caring for individuals
Elimination is an important and normal body function. However, it is usually
an activity that is private and one that is not openly discussed. The
individual often faces embarrassment along with a sense of loss of independence.
Our caregivers strive to provide an acceptable, comfortable and safe environment
for all types of toileting needs.
We understand that it is usually hard for an adult to accept the idea of
not being able to feed themselves. The reasons are varied, however the
sense of loss of independence is real. Our caregivers understand the feelings
this can cause and take the extra effort to make the environment and mealtime special.
Proper mouth, teeth, denture, and gum care are essentials to good oral
and dental hygiene. Daily oral care can prevent bad breath, tooth decay,
gum disease and assist in prevention of other diseases.
Special Diet and Meal Preparation
We recognize that eating is a social activity and that good nutrition is
important in order for people to live life to its fullest. It is especially
important for a person whose body is in a weakened condition. Proper foods
give us energy to carry out the day's activities, are necessary to rebuild
body tissue, prevent disease, and are essential to any healing process.