(320 ILCS 65/15)
In this Act:
"Caregiver" or "family caregiver" means an adult family member, or another
individual, who is an informal provider of in-home and community care to an
older individual, or a grandparent or older individual who is a relative
"Child" or "children" means an individual or individuals 18 years of age or
"Department" means the Department on Aging.
"Eligible participant" means a family caregiver or a grandparent or older
individual who is a relative caregiver.
"Family caregiver support services" includes, but is not limited to, the
(1) Information to caregivers about available
(2) Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the
(3) Individual counseling, organization of support
groups, and caregiver training for caregivers to assist the caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their caregiving roles.
(4) Respite care to enable caregivers to be
temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities.
(5) Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to
complement the care provided by the caregivers.
(6) Other services as identified by the Department
"Frail individual" means an older individual who is determined to be
functionally impaired because the individual (i) is unable to perform from at
least 2 activities of daily living without substantial human assistance,
verbal reminding, physical cueing, or supervision or (ii) due to a cognitive or
other mental impairment, requires substantial supervision because the
individual behaves in a manner that poses a serious health or safety hazard to
the individual or to another individual.
"Grandparent or older individual who is a relative caregiver" means a
grandparent or step-grandparent of a child, or a relative of a child by blood
or marriage, who:
(1) lives with the child;
(2) is the primary caregiver for the child because
the child's biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver for the child; and
(3) has a legal relationship to the child, such as
legal custody or guardianship, or is raising the child informally.
"Informal provider" means an individual who is not compensated for the care
he or she provides.
"Older individual" means an individual who is 60 years of age or older,
except for a grandparent or older individual who is a relative caregiver.
"Respite care" means
substitute supports or living arrangements provided on an intermittent,
occasional basis. The term includes, but is not limited to, in-home respite
care, adult day care, child care, and institutional care.
The term also includes respite care as defined in Section 2 of the Respite
Program Act to the extent that such services are allowable and participants are
eligible under the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
(Source: P.A. 93-864, eff. 8-5-04.)