Where To Turn For Help When You’re Chronically Ill

Finding help when you’re chronically ill can be a daunting task. There’s not just the difficulty of finding the help but also the problem of having the ability to pay for it.

help when you're chronically ill

Here a list of 19 places to check out that offer free or affordable help when you’re chronically ill:



  1. Your local chamber of commerce. They might have a list of organizations that offer services you may need.
  2. Your local churches. Often they have services available like a have a meal donation system or they may serve as a meeting place for local organization they can put you in contact with.
  3. Dial 211. Some communities have a 211 operator available that can connect you to local service groups.
  4. Local youth programs. Many youth programs will offer services free of charge as a community project.
  5. Department of Health and Social Services. Your local branch will be able to direct you to services based on your qualifications.
  6. Your local Council for the Aging or senior center. If you’re over 55 you may qualify for special assistance.
  7. Your local Independent Living Center. They may be able to provide help or lead you to the right resource.
  8. Your doctor. Ask your doctor if he knows of programs or organizations that can provide support.



  1. Allsup, Inc. Helps to submit SSDI paperwork, offers guidance through the appeals process and assists in hearings for denied claims. Only paid if client collects. http://www.allsup.com/



  1. Salvation Army. They offer various services that might meet your needs. http://salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-we-help?_ga=1.8534258.677331659.1465920960
  2. Meals on Wheels. They deliver hot meals to disabled or homebound individuals at an inexpensive rate. http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/
  3. Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). Nationwide network that can provide a number of disability-related services and referrals. http://www.ilru.org/



  1. Your health insurance provider. It’s worth a call to see if there are services that may be covered by your insurance and a list of approved organizations.



  1. Center for Health Care Strategies. Promote quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. http://www.chcs.org/
  2. Department of Health and Social Services. Your local branch will be able to direct you to services based on your qualifications.



  1. Family Voices. Promote quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. http://www.familyvoices.org/



  1. Your local Council for the Aging or senior center. If you’re over 55 you may qualify for services they can put you in contact with.
  2. The American Geriatrics Society. Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults. http://www.americangeriatrics.org/
  3. Foundation for Health in Aging. Offers resources to older adults based on their special needs. http://www.healthinaging.org/



  1. Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Has many area ministries that operate across the United States.  http://www.joniandfriends.org/area-ministries/


If you know of a group or organization that should be added to this list, please contact me by email at kim@graceissufficient.com.


**This is in no way an exhaustive list and a listing on this page does not constitute an endorsement on my part. Please research these groups and use care and discretion when joining with health care support teams.



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8 thoughts on “Where To Turn For Help When You’re Chronically Ill

  1. Great suggestions! A general resorce I could add would be the local chapter of the advocacy organization for your disease. They will often have local resources for people fighting your condition.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! I have been in a new town for a year now and I haven’t made any friends or joined any community programs. I’ve also been contemplating applying for disability, but have had too many questions and not enough money for a lawyer. This list of resources will be a tremendous help!

    • Thank you Ivy! So glad it’s helpful. Money can go very quickly when you’re ill – it’s always nice to have free, or cheaper options and places you can turn to for help.

  3. Oh how I wish these were available here. In South Africa very little is done for chronically I’ll people… I live alone… no support available, except for friends who all have their own lives too.