By Patricia LaCroix, Contributing Writer
For older adults who live in Illinois, there are a number of programs and services offered by the Illinois Department on Aging of which they can take advantage. These services can be helpful not only to seniors but also to those who provide care for them.
The first step in receiving this help, of course, is knowing that these services exist. So here are three important programs for older adults offered for Illinois citizens.
Adult Day Service
Illinois’ Adult Day Service is a program that helps older adults who, for reasons that are either physical, social, or mental in nature, should not be left home alone during the day.
As a resource for seniors, it also provides badly needed respite for their caregivers as well.
The program centers offer socialization, health monitoring, medical supervision, personal care and activities that are both recreational and also therapeutic. Meals are provided, which attention to any special dietary needs. Many of the centers also provide specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other similar ailments. Others serve specific ethnic groups.
To learn more about the Adult Day Service program, CLICK HERE.
Adult Protective Services (APS)
The Adult Protective Services program helps adults age 50 or older, as well as adults age 18 to 59 with disabilities, in cases involving abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. These situations are further defined as the following:
Physical Abuse – causing the infliction of physical pain or injury to a person.
Sexual abuse – touching, fondling, or any other sexual activity with a person when the person is unable to understand, unwilling to consent, threatened, or physically forced.
Emotional abuse – verbal assaults, threats of abuse, harassment, or intimidation so as to compel the person to engage in conduct from which she or he has a right to abstain or to refrain from conduct in which the person has a right to engage.
Confinement – restraining or isolating a person for other than medical reasons.
Passive neglect – the failure by a caregiver to provide a person with the necessities of life including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, or medical care, because of failure to understand the person’s needs, lack of awareness of services to help meet needs, or lack of capacity to care for the person.
Willful deprivation – willfully denying assistance to a person who requires medication, medical care, shelter, food, therapeutic device, or other physical assistance, thereby exposing that person to the risk of harm.
Financial exploitation – the misuse or withholding of a person’s resources to the disadvantage of the person and/or the profit or advantage of another person.
Abusers might be a family member or a non-related caregiver. They might lose control due to the stress and strain of caregiving. They might have an issue with the abuse of alcohol or other addictive substance. And they could be themselves frustrated and/or socially isolated.
Victims might suffer from dementia or a physical impairment or other disabilities that make them dependent on others. They too are often socially isolated. They might suffer from more than one type of the aforementioned forms of abuse. They might be afraid to admit that abuse is taking place, as well as being fearful of reporting the abuse.
There are 40 provider agencies located through the state of Illinois. Caseworkers are all trained and certified by the Illinois Department on Agency. To learn more about how the program works and how you can receive assistance, CLICK HERE.
Elderly Nutrition Program
The Nutrition Program that Illinois runs for its seniors provides meals that are served in group settings (such as senior centers and churches) as well as delivered to people’s private residences.
The group-site meals are served on weekdays in more than 393 sites across the state of Illinois.
However, when older adults cannot leave their homes or have difficulty preparing their own nutritious meals, home-delivered meal fill the gap as another option. Volunteers deliver the meals and also check on the welfare of the homebound seniors.
Other services provided by the program include nutrition screening, education, and counseling.
Since federal- and state-funded meal programs only allow for home-delivered meals on weekdays, the Meals-on-Wheels Illinois program helps to fill the gap, by providing meals on weekends and holidays, as well as in times of emergency.
For more information on Illinois’ Elderly Nutrition Program, CLICK HERE.
Check Out All the Programs Offered In Illinois For Older Adults
These three programs are just a few of the many services offered by the state of Illinois that benefit seniors. For a comprehensive list of all of the resources available, CLICK HERE.
Information courtesy of the Illinois Department on Aging. For more information, CLICK HERE.