Community Resources

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Community Resources

Here are some resources that may help you continue to live at home:



Friendly Visitors

Sometimes having a regular visitor can brighten your day, decrease isolation, and bring a new friendship into your life! Here are some local places older adults may be able to find friendly visitors:

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Geriatric Care Managers

A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a social worker, nurse, counselor, or other professional who can help seniors and their families navigate options to age successfully.

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Help to Manage Your Home

Some membership organizations help seniors manage their homes to facilitate aging in place. Depending on where you live in the Chicago area, one of these may be available to you:

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Home Adaptation and Maintenance

Need someone to install grab bars? Fix that loose banister? Help you rearrange your furniture?

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Housing

If you’re interested in home sharing or moving into a senior building in your community, these agencies or your municipality may be able to help.

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Legal Assistance

Though SASI does not offer legal assistance, these agencies do:

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Licensing

Home services agencies, home nursing agencies, home health agencies, and residential and skilled care facilities are all required to be licensed by the state of Illinois. Learn about the licensure or find a home nursing or home health agency that is licensed in Illinois.

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Meals and Groceries

Getting groceries and making meals can be a challenge. Here are some resources that may help:

Grocery Delivery Services

Home Delivered Meals

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Medical Conditions

If you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or medical condition, there may be an organization to help you navigate the diagnosis and treatment. Organizations offer individualized services, support groups, and/or information.

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Medical Supplies

Medical supplies and adaptive equipment for seniors and other adults are expensive and not always needed permanently. There are local lending closets for this type of equipment in the area, and medical supply companies where you can purchase items for long term use.

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Mental Health Services

Many of these agencies provide both mental health and substance abuse services.

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Municipalities and Government

When in doubt, your municipality is a good place to start. Often, municipalities have a human services division that can make recommendations to seniors on where to go for services. Townships and state departments can also be very helpful.

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Senior Centers and Day Programs

Staying active can be a challenge—senior centers and day programs can help plan your day. Maybe you’ll end up with a new hobby and new friends!

Senior Centers

Day Programs

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Social Service Agencies and Hospice

Social service agencies can help seniors and their families obtain assistance or direct them to the resources that may be available.

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Transportation

Did you recently give up driving? Need a ride to an appointment? There are transportation options available in the area. There may also be taxi voucher programs for seniors and other adults in your municipality.

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