Seniors Programs

Senior Programs provide information and community based programs designed to maintain health and assist residents aged 60+. For information on the following services, please call 941-6811.

Ventress Herron, Interim Director of Senior Programs
Phone (815) 941-3422
Fax (815) 941-2389
E-mail vherron@grundyhealth.com

* All services are for those aged 60 and above, and their caregivers.

Grundy County offers a number of programs directed at preserving, protecting and promoting health for the senior citizens of Grundy County. If you need further assistance, please contact the Senior's Division at (815) 941-6811 or e-mail vherron@grundyhealth.com


Important Announcement
Information Assistance and Referral
Provides information to seniors, their families and other community agencies on how to access programs, services and benefits available to older individuals. Assistance is available for Medicare, Medicaid, Circuit Breaker, and Pharmaceutical Assistance programs. This service is available at no cost.

Community Care Program (CCP)
The Community Care Program offers affordable help for the activities of daily living that a senior can no longer manage on their own. This allows seniors who would be forced to enter a nursing home the choice of remaining in their own homes.

Provides affordable Home Care Aide service, Adult Day Care, Emergency Home Response, and companion programs to Illinois residents who are least 60 years of age, have less than $17,500 in cash assets (for one person) and have physical or mental impairments. Services include help with basic household tasks and personal care, as well as on-going care coordination. The purpose of this state-sponsored program is to help seniors maintain the maximum possible level of independence, and to prevent unnecessary nursing facility placement.


Choices for Care
Provides a consultation to all nursing facility applicants who are age 60 and older to explore options for long term care which may include home and community-based services or nursing facility care. A comprehensive assessment helps identify needs, reviews service options and cost, and assists in developing a plan of care. A prospective nursing facility applicant can then choose services that are appropriate and affordable. There is no charge for this service.

Caregiver Support Group and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
The Grundy County Caregiver Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris.

This support group is for caregivers who are providing care to a senior who suffers from any type of physical or mental impairment such as Alzheimer Disease, Parkinson 's disease, or cancer.

The Grundy County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union Street, Morris.

This support group is for any grandparent/caregiver who is raising or is the primary caregiver to children under the age of 18.

For more information please contact Sharon Walsh at 815-941-6811.


Home Delivered Meals
Arranges home delivered meals for homebound seniors who are unable to shop, prepare meals, or attend a Senior Dining Center. After meals begin, a Care Coordinator from the Senior Programs Division makes a home visit (by appointment) to confirm eligibility and provide information on additional resources. To be eligible you must be homebound and have difficulty preparing meals. Income and assets are not considered when determining eligibility, but a donation towards the cost of the meals is requested.

Home delivered meals are authorized in those situations where a client is in need of a hot nutritious meal, and they are unable to prepare their own because of illness or disability. The meals and those individuals who volunteer to deliver those meals are coordinated through the Community Nutrition Network.


Counseling
A qualified professional can provide counseling for aging issues such as illness, loss and grief, relationships, substance abuse, depression and other emotional problems. A monthly Alzheimer's Disease support group is also available. Call (815) 941-6811 for further information.

Family Caregiver Support Program
You may be a daughter, a son, or a spouse. A sister or a brother. A niece or nephew or a simply a good friend. You do what you need to do to help an older family member or friend when they need you. This program also assists Grandparents raising Grandchildren.

We can offer information and assistance to connect caregivers to service agencies that can help. When caregivers need to take a short break from their responsibilities, in home, adult daycare, and overnight services are available. Extreme problems and unexpected situations can arise, such as a loss of housing. For these unforeseen problems, crisis support can be offered. Mental health counseling is also available for caregivers who need to work through any problems they are experiencing due to their caregiver responsibilities.

We also offer a 6-week educational program (Powerful Tools for Caregivers) designed to help caregivers focus on self-care. Classes focus on lowering stress, improving self-confidence and increasing problem-solving problems. This program is offered throughout the year. For more information about the Family Caregiver Support Program, call (815) 941-6811


Other Resources
The National Council on the Aging created BenefitsCheckUp to help older adults quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Family and friends can also obtain facts about benefits that their loved ones may qualify for. Visit Benefits Checkup www.benefitscheckup.org.

Additional Links of interest:

   Illinois Department of Aging - www.state.il.us/aging

   Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (NEILAAA) - www.ageguide.org


Information & Assistance (815) 941-6811
For information or to get assistance with programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Circuit Breaker, Energy Assistance, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Choices for Care Program (815) 941-6811
Case Managers provide a free consultation to review service options. An assessment is required before admission to most Illinois nursing home facilities.

Outreach (815)-941-6811
The Outreach Program is designed to seek out seniors who are not aware of the services provided by the health department. Staff in this program work hard to inform the public of our services by providing educational classes, attending health fairs, making presenttions before local community groups, and making home visits to distribute information on our services.

For more information call 815-941-6811.


Home Delivered Meals (815) 941-6811
Nutritious meals may be delivered to eligible persons. A Case Manager can explain program requirements.

Community Care Program (815) 941-6811
Assistance with personal care, shopping, light housework, meal preparation, etc. A Case Manager can explain program requirements.

Click here for information about applying for the Community Care Program

Click here for a printable application for the Community Care Program


Visit the National Council on the Aging website. It provides help for senior citizens and their families to find information about state and federal benefits. Visit Benefits Checkup - www.benefitscheckup.org


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