Our Mission: Alternatives supports the independence and quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities, and their families.

Caregiver Support Program

We offer support for anyone caring for a senior, and for grandparents raising their grandchildren. In addition to the support groups that meet once a month, we also have workshops and counseling to assist people dealing with this rewarding and difficult work.

How do I know when to ask for help?

  • When you are feeling overwhelmed
  • If you are showing signs of depression
  • If you are missing work
  • When you are feeling guilt or frustration
  • If you are losing your temper when the person you take care of becomes difficult (i.e. violence, arguing, lack of sleep, repeating themselves over and over)

Call 309-277-0167 or 800-798-0988

What Happens When I Call?

You will talk to our Elder Care Advisor who will take your information and assign you to a caregiver counselor from your area. Your caregiver counselor will then call you and set up an appointment and give you information on our support groups.

You are also invited to attend any of our Caregiver or Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support groups:

Sharing the Caring
Caregiver Support Groups

Ph. 309/277-0167 or 800/798-0988

Support Groups in LaSalle and Bureau County

Ottawa Caregiver Support Group (Joyce Tournear facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Friday of the month from
10:00 – 11:30 AM
At Heritage Woods of Ottawa
801 E Etna Rd Ottawa, IL
Snack Provided

Ottawa Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group (Joyce Tournear facilitator)
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month
5:00 - 6:00 PM
At Heritage Woods of Ottawa
801 E Etna Rd Ottawa, IL
Snack Provided

Princeton Caregiver Support Group (Joyce Tournear facilitator)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month
1:00 - 2:30 PM
At Liberty Village – 140 N. 6th Street, Princeton IL
Snack Provided

For more information please call Joyce Tournear at 1-800-798-0988

Support Groups in Knox and McDonough County

Macomb Caregiver Support Group (facilitated by Briana Gasparovich)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month
1:00 – 3:00 PM
MidAmerican National Bank
130 N. Side Square Macomb, IL – 2nd Floor
Snack Provided

Macomb Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group (facilitated by Briana Gasparovich)
Meets the 3rd Friday of the month
10:30 - 11:30 AM
MidAmerican National Bank
130 N. Side Square Macomb, IL - 2nd Floor
Snack Provided

Galesburg Caregiver Group (facilitated by Briana Gasparovich)
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month
1:00 - 2:30 PM
At the Galesburg Alternatives Office Conference Room
335 E. Main St. Suites B & C, Galesburg, IL
Snack Provided

Galesburg Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group (facilitated by Briana Gasparovich)
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month
10:00 - 11:30 AM
At the Galesburg Alternatives Office Conference Room
335 E. Main St. Suites B & C, Galesburg, IL
Snack Provided

For more information please call Briana Gasparovich at 1-800-798-0988


Support Groups in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry County

Geneseo Caregiver Group
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the Month
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo
Snack Provided

Aledo Caregiver Support Group (Susan Kivisto facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month
1:30 - 3:00 PM
At Mercer County Senior Center - 137 West Main St., Aledo, IL
800-798-0988
Snack Provided

Kewanee Caregiver Group (Jessica Shipley facilitator)
Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month
1:00 - 2:30 PM
At the Kewanee Senior Citizen’s Center 200 E South St, Kewanee, IL 61443
Snack Provided

For more information please call Susan Kivisto or Jessica Shipley at 1-800-798-0988

Moline Caregiver Group (Susan Kivisto facilitator)
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month
12:00 - 2:00 PM (lunch provided)
At Addus Evergreen Club, (Formerly Intouch Adult Day Center) - 4011 Ave of the Cities, Suite 102, Moline, IL
RSVP to Ellen at 309-277-0167 or 800-798-0988

Moline/Sage Center “After-work” Caregiver Group (Susan Kivisto facilitator)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the Month
5:30 - 7:00 PM
At the Moline Alternatives’ Office – 1803 7th St.
Snack Provided

Moline Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group (Jessica Shipley facilitator)
Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month
12:00 - 2:00 PM
At the Moline Alternatives’ Office - 1803 7th St., Moline
RSVP to Ellen at 309-277-0167 or 800-798-0988

Scott County/CASI Caregiver Group (Susan Kivisto facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (suggested donation of $3.00 for lunch)
At Milestones - 935 E. 53rd St., Davenport, IA
RSVP to Ellen at 309-277-0167 or 800-798-0988

For more information please call Susan Kivisto at 1-800-798-0988

Groups are not currently provided in Warren, and Henderson County.
If you are interested in individual counseling
please contact Ellen at 309-277-0167 or 800-798-0988