Programs and Services
The programs and social services offered by Aging Care Connections are provided to adults age 60 and older and their family members. Programs and services are designed to provide options for care to seniors in order to enhance their ability to remain as independent as possible in their own communities. Aging Care Connections employs professionally-trained staff who can assess the needs of older adults facing a change in health or functional ability on an individual basis. A case manager can offer information, assistance and referral to in-home services designed to address the needs identified. Programs and services can also provide support and assistance to family members caring for older adults. Caregivers can receive valuable information on a wide range of programs, services, support and resources currently available.
Aging Care Connections provides comprehensive information about local, state and national resources important to older adults and their family members. An Information and Assistance Specialist is available daily to answer questions, make referrals, and discuss options for care. Aging Care Connections can provide a skilled professional able to access services through direct referrals to service providers; linkage to assessment for in-home care and benefits; and information on aging issues, chronic illness and support networks. Aging Care Connections is your local point of entry to a statewide network of care coordination units able to provide help throughout the state with timely, appropriate, and accurate information. Top of the page
Aging specialists with knowledge and experience in the field of aging are available to provide consultation on resources and comprehensive assessment to older adults and their families in a variety of settings. Staff are able to offer consultation in the home, local rehab facilities and the hospital. Assessments are based on the unique needs of each older adult and existing resources. Care managers consider multiple factors such as physical, emotional, and financial needs, as well as strengths and support systems. The result is a plan of care utilizing public and private resources, family support, and the older adult's preferences. Care coordinators assist with the implementation of the plan by making referrals and linkage to services. Continued coordination of services and ongoing care management are provided to ensure that services are adequate and appropriate to the changing needs of the older adult. Family members play an important role in the process and are encouraged to contact care managers with their questions and concerns. Top of the page
The Congregate Meals program serves older adults (aged 60 and older) with a nutritious lunchtime meal for a suggested donation of $2.00. Meals are served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.at Salerno Pincente Ristorante, 9301 W 63rd St, Hodgkins, 708-354-0099. Meals comply with the menu planning standards of the Department of Health & Human Services and the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans to meet the minimum Dietary Reference Intake requirements. Social activities follow the meal to provide program clients with socialization and offer relief from loneliness, isolation, and depression. Examples of these activities include bingo, crafts, reading discussion groups, and board games. Occasionally educational programs are held after lunch to inform older adults about nutrition, health, and ways to increase their quality of life. This program is offered in cooperation with the Village of Hodgkins. The monthly menu will be posted on the Aging Care Connections' website as soon as it is available. View September's Menu!
The Aging Care Connections Senior Health Center is an outpatient clinic of the Department of Geriatrics of Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital. In collaboration with the Aging Care Connections, the Senior Health Center is staffed by a physician specializing in the medical care of adults aged 60 and older. The Senior Health Center physician works closely with the professional staff of Aging Care Connections to assure that all the needs of patients are met. Additional services provided include health education, medication counseling and individual consultation on health-related topics. Top of the page
The Older Adults Education and Training Department provides enrichment opportunities through a variety of classes and programs for those navigating the changes in life associated with aging. These programs address the complex and multi-dimensional needs of aging. Top of the page
The Aging Resource Center (ARC) Program offers older adults and their families the opportunity to secure community resources and services prior to discharge from the hospital and/or skilled care facilities. Top of the page
Aging Well, a community partnership, is dedicated to working with communities to create an environment in which people can age well. Serving 20 communities in the greater Lyons Township Illinois area, the program is composed of hundreds of older adults and more than 130 community-based organizations working together to create an environment in which people can age well. Top of the page
This service is available to older adults in need of assistance with light housekeeping, shopping and laundry. Workers are selected and assigned by Aging Care Connections to provide housekeeping for two hours each week or bi-monthly. Top of the page
Lyons Township offers bus service to seniors who live within the Township. For information about the bus service, please visit the Lyons Township web site www.lyonstownshipil.gov and click on “OFFICES” and select “SENIOR TRANSPORTATION.” Please note that in order to use the bus service, a free pass must be secured at Aging Care Connections, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For those seniors who live in Proviso and Riverside Townships, there is a discounted cab voucher program available through Aging Care Connections in cooperation with PeopleCare, a nonprofit partner located in Riverside. To participate, seniors (60+) must:
Aging Care Connections receives Federal and State funds to help support this program. However, this funding only supports a portion of the service. Your contribution to the cost of this service is very important to maintaining it. We appreciate any support you are able to offer and encourage you to be as generous as possible with your voluntary contribution. Voucher coupon books will be distributed on a monthly basis throughout our fiscal year (October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012) based on available funding.
For comprehensive information about transportation options for seniors within our service area, please call Linda Tomko, Aging Care Connections Information & Assistance Specialist, at 708-354-1323, ext. 215.
Assessment for the home delivered meal program provided by Community Nutrition Network is available to homebound older adults unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves. Top of the page
The Illinois Department on Aging's subsidized in-home care program provides a variety of services for older adults who need assistance with activities of daily living on a regular basis. Eligibility for this program is based on the need for care and financial criteria. A Care Coordinator is able to provide an in-home assessment to determine eligibility for this program. Services provided by the Community Care Program include: homemaker services, adult day care, and emergency home response systems. Top of the page
Respite is one of many services offered to support caregivers of older adults. Trained respite workers can supervise and assist a loved one with bathing, grooming, dressing and meal preparation, giving the caregiver the opportunity to take a break, run an errand or engage in a social activity. Top of the page
Beginning July 2013, Aging Care Connections acquired an expanded role in investigating elder abuse and neglect. Aging Care Connections now works with any adult aged 18 and older who has a disability that impairs his/her ability to seek relief from abuse, neglect or exploitation. The new designation from the Illinois Department on Aging is ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES PROVIDER. Aging Care Connections is available to receive reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders and the disabled directly and/or Illinois has a 24-hour number to receive such reports: 866-800-1409. Persons making good faith reports are free from liability and the identity of all reporters is confidential. When a report is received, an Adult Protective Services Case Worker is assigned to the case to complete a thorough investigation of the allegations. The worker looks at all aspects of the situation with the permission of the alleged victim. The goal of each investigation is to determine what, if any, abuse may be occurring and to determine how the victim wishes to proceed to ensure their safety and well being.
Aging Care Connections works closely with many supportive community organizations including law enforcement, mental health, the disability community and others, to assist in the development of a plan to reduce the risk of further abuse, neglect or exploitation. The work continues for an extended period of time, as needed, to allow victims to make changes, determine goals and, in some cases, receive protection from their abusers. Aging Care Connections receives approximately 300 reports each year. Abuse is not relegated to any socio-economic, geographic or ethnic group. The greatest predictor of abuse in families is financial dependence, mental illness and/or substance abuse. Abuse of elders and the disabled is chronically under reported. Aging Care Connections welcomes the opportunity to answer questions or provide in-service training to community and professional groups.
Self-neglect is defined as an adult’s inability, due to physical or mental impairments, or both, or a diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care tasks that substantially threaten his or her own health, including: providing essential food, clothing, shelter, and health care; and obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, and general safety.
Self-neglect falls under the Adult Protective Services umbrella of services. In 2007, Illinois included self-neglect as part of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Program without awarding any funding to agencies tasked with this work. Illinois is one of only 10 states that does not fund investigation and intervention in cases of self-neglect. Aging Care Connections has been fortunate to receive grant support from Community Memorial Foundation and Proviso Township Mental Health Commission. The National Center for Elder Abuse and Neglect estimates that 26.7% of the nation’s protective services reports involve self-neglect. Aging Care Connections works with victims of self-neglect in a manner that respects the victim’s right to self-determination while presenting resources and support for change. Aging Care Connections is available to receive reports of self-neglect. These reports can also be referred to the 24-hour Protective Services report line: 866-800-1409. Aging Care Connections welcomes the opportunity to discuss the issue of self-neglect individually or with groups interested in learning how interventions can impact this serious issue.
Aging Care Connections provides trained staff and volunteers to assist and educate seniors about benefits and services to which they may be entitled. Benefits include pharmaceutical assistance programs, public assistance eligibility and Medicare claims. Staff is also available to discuss Medicare D Plan options and to further assist with enrollment.
Aging Care Connections offer the following support groups.
The Caregiver Support Program includes many levels of assistance to those caring for an older adult. On a daily basis, Aging Care Connections' staff is available to answer questions, provide information on resources currently available and make appropriate referrals by phone. In addition, one-on-one visits from our case management staff can provide comprehensive in-home assessment, problem solving and service referrals. We offer a respite program enabling caregivers to take a break. Through our support groups, advice and emotional support is shared among caregivers. Finally, we offer a Caregiver Resource Center containing books, films and resource material. These services offer support for those in the caregiver role. View or Download the Aging Care Connections Caregiver Programs and Support Brochure in pdf format.
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