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Illinois Department on Aging

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 421 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789
Phone: 217.785.2870
Fax: 217.785.4477
TDD Phone: 888.206.1327 (Senior HelpLine)
Toll Free Phone: 800.252.8966 (Senior HelpLine)
Email: ilsenior@aging.state.il.us (Senior HelpLine)
Website: http://www.state.il.us/aging
  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 160 North LaSalle, Suite N-700
Chicago, IL 60601-3103
Phone: 312.814.2630
Fax: 312.814.2916
Email: ilsenior@aging.state.il.us (Senior HelpLine)
Website: http://www.state.il.us/aging
Contact Person:

Charles Johnson - Director
Phone: 217.785.2870
Email: charles.johnson@aging.state.il.us

  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Case Management
Description: The foundation of the CCP is case management service - provided by a statewide network of community-based Case Coordination Units. Case managers within these agencies arrange for an array of support services and make appropriate referrals for odler persons who need assistance. Case managers determine eligibility and assess needs, develop individual plans of care, monitor the ongoing needs of clients and conduct nursing home prescreenings.

Service/program name: In-Home Care
Description: The Community Care Program (CCP), established 20 years ago by Public Act 81-202, is a national leader in providing in-home care and community based care to at-risk seniors. The CCP provides services to any person who applies for the program and meets all current eligibility requirements. To receive CCP services throught the Illinois Department on Aging, an individual must be age 60 or over, a U.S. citizen or legal alien, a resident of Illinois, have nonexempt assets of $10,000 or less and have an assessed need for long term care. Services include:
Case Management Services, Homemaker Services, Adult Day Service, Senior Campanion, Choices for Care Program, Community Care Program Demonstration Projects, Community Care 240 Rules.

Service/program name: Homemaker Service
Description: Homemaker service provides assistance with household tasks which include cleaning, doing laundry, shopping, running errands, and planning and preparing meals. Homemakers also assist clients with personal care tasks such as dressing, bathing, grooming and following special diets.

Service/program name: Adult Day Care
Description: Adult day care service is designed especially for older people who want to remain in the community but who cannot be home alone during the day due to a physicial, social and/or mental impairment. Adult day service can also provide respite for family caregivers and socialization for isolated adults. Services offered in adult day service centers include health monitoring, medication supervision, personal care and recreational/therapeutic activities. Nutritious lunches and snacks are served and special diets are provided.

Service/program name: Senior Companion Service
Description: Senior Companion agencies provide an array of assistive, supportive companionship services to frail seniors by utilizing volunteers, also age 60 or older, who have limited incomes. The primary focus of these services is to provide economic, psychological and social benefits for the volunteers, services to clients and a respite for family caregivers. Senior companion services are available on a limited basis in six areas of the State.

Service/program name: Legal Assistance Service
Description: Legal assistance providers advocate for and represent older clients in civil cases - particularly those involving elder abuse and neglect, financial exploitation, consumer fraud, landlord-tenant relationships, nursing home residents' rights, and conflicts over benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and pensions. They help with simple estate planning, prepare living wills and durable powers of attorney, perform research and conduct educational programs regarding legal rights.

Service/program name: Foster Grandparent Program
Description: The Foster Grandparent Program allows senior volunteers to link up with disadvantaged youngsters who need love, care and attention. Volunteers may assist in physical and speech therapy; they may help with homework, or they may simply "be there" as a grandparent. The Senior Corps Web site provides a list of the Foster Grandparent programs in Illinois.

Service/program name: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
Description: The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program began in 1996 with a grant from the Brookdale Foundation. Additional legislative support has allowed the Department to expand the program, by
establishing support groups and providing them with financial and technical assistance;
providing grandparents with information and referral assistance; and training professionals and facilitators to meet grandparents needs.

Service/program name: Illinois Area Agencies on Aging
Description: Area Agencies have the primary task of planning and coordinating services and programs for older people in their respective areas. The Area Agencies receive funding from the Department based on a formula which takes into consideration the number of older citizens and minorities in that area, as well as the number living in poverty, in rural areas, and alone.

Service/program name: Elder Abuse Hotline
Description: Elder Abuse may be reported after-hours, weekends and holidays.
Phone: 866.800.1409
  General Information:
Description: Distributes federal and state funds to thirteen Area Agencies on Aging which reallocate the money to serve older people.
Agency Type: State
Territory/Geographical area: State-wide (Illinois)

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