Resources For Seniors

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Services and Resources for Seniors

A print version of this guide is also available for download, as well as at the reception area of City Hall.

Activities

activitiesThe St. Charles Park District maintains an Adult Activity Center inside the Pottawatomie Community Center. Ages 50 or better are welcome to enjoy a variety of meaningful and fun leisure time activities. Whether it’s a brisk game of table tennis, surfing the internet, a game of cards or a field trip to an area attraction, staying active and engaged in a community lifestyle can mean the difference between aging successfully and aging prematurely. Trips, breakfasts, card playing, health/ fitness classes and educational programs create a well-rounded environment. Evening programs are also available. Contact:

Meghan Papke | 630-513-4324

8 North Avenue St. Charles, IL 60174

Crime Prevention/Elderly Service Officer

The St. Charles Police Department’s crime prevention officer has special training in assisting senior citizens, and is a certified Elderly Service Officer as designated by the Illinois Attorney General’s office. The officer can be contacted if assistance is needed with anything from reporting a crime against a senior citizen to senior crime prevention help. The officer also can direct seniors and their families to a multitude of county and state resources that specialize in assisting seniors. 

Ofc. Bill Tynan | 630-443-3847 btynan@stcharlesil.gov

Elderwatch 

elderwatchElder Watch is a free program that is designed to assist police, fire, and ambulance personnel with information that may be needed to help seniors in a crisis or medical emergency. Citizens aged 60 and over can download the two-page Elder Watch Application Form or pick one up at the Police Department.

The information from the completed application is then transferred into the Tri-Com Dispatch Center database. Local police and fire personnel then have this information available in an emergency situation.

Home Health Care

Covenant Care At Home - Home Health Care and Hospice

home healthcareA home health care and hospice provider. They coordinate necessary medical services and supportive care for elderly and disabled adults, which may include skilled nursing, social work, home care, and transportation. Covenant Care At Home provides hospice or palliative care, and they also provide pediatric home care services and spiritual care services in some locations. Call for more details.

3755 East Main Street Suite 165 Saint Charles, IL 60174
(800) 281-2273

VNA Health Care - Health Center, Home Health, Hospice and Community Wellness - VNA Health Care (Visiting Nurse Association) provides comprehensive primary care and community health services. Services include: Health Center: primary care for all ages to treat acute illnesses, provide wellness and preventive services, well-baby checkups and immunizations, school physicals, women's health services, and pregnancy care and deliveries. Doctor house calls are also available. Pharmacy: full-service pharmacy for VNA clients located in Aurora office. Home Health care includes in-home assessment and care coordination, specialty nursing care, rehabilitation therapies (physical, occupational and speech), nutrition support, social work help and personal care services. Hospice care: in-home support for patients and families seeking comfort care in the final stages of life, and grief support for family members; Community Health and Wellness includes: Health screenings for men and women (blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat), breast and cervical cancer screenings for women, flu shots; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; Healthy Families in-home support for parents of infants and toddlers, and an early literacy program for children receiving services through the VNA health centers. Care is provided for both insured and uninsured individuals and services are provided in English and Spanish. See website for extensive information on all services and locations.

400 North Highland Avenue Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 978-2532

Home repair assistance

repair assistanceHome Assistance Volunteer Effort, Inc. assists limited income residents living within the St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia school districts with minor repairs to their homes. Work on handicap ramps, railings, grab bars, light switches, plumbing fixtures, drains, doors and windows, furnace filters, light bulbs, shower stalls, and stair and step repairs are among the services available. Labor is free. There may be material costs, which depends on the income of the resident. A monthly meeting is held at 7:30 pm the second Thursday of each month at the Congregational Church in Batavia, located on Route 31 south of Wilson Street.
Contact the 24-hour hotline at 630-375-7227

Housing assistance

Rental Assistance and Housing Support Program - The Rental Assistance and Housing Support Program is a program through Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) that provides rental assistance through grants to those living in or prepared to move into Rental Housing Support (RHS) program property. Households must meet income criteria, have stable income, and abide by rules in the lease. Funds will be provided through local non-profits.  In St. Charles, the participating agency is:

Lazarus House
308 Walnut St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-587-2144
www.ihda.org
Chicago office:
401 N. Michigan Ave
Ste. 700
Chicago, IL 60611
630-587-5872
  

Safety for Seniors Program

The St. Charles Fire Department, with help from local businesses, is proud to introduce the Safety for Seniors Program —a program designed to make our community a safer place for seniors. The program will initially have two parts: The Home Safety Program and the “Vial of Life” Program.

The Home Safety Program offers seniors free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, along with a free home safety check. St. Charles firefighters will install the detectors as needed and perform the home safety check. A home safety check consists of looking for fire hazards and making recommendations to eliminate the hazards.

vial of lifeThe “Vial of Life” Program is a nationwide program designed to assist emergency rescue teams in medical treatment in the event that a senior is found alone and unconscious or unable to communicate. A medical data form containing vital information, such as allergies, medications, contacts, etc., is inserted into a vial and kept in the top right hand shelf of the refrigerator door. The Vial of Life kit is free.

Anyone interested in the Home Safety and Vial of Life programs may call the St. Charles Fire Department at (630) 377-4457 and leave your name and telephone number. A representative from the St. Charles Fire Department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

These programs are made available by the following local businesses: Walmart, System Sensor.

Elder abuse/neglect/exploitation

The Illinois Department on Aging assists with elder abuse, neglect and exploitation of an elderly subject(s) who lives in a private residence, and who is being abused/neglected/exploited by family, friends or home health care staff. Local police should be contacted to initiate an investigation; however a report also can be made with the Department on Aging, which can assist victims and families in the process. Contact the  24-hour Illinois Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-866-800-1409 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY)

The Illinois Department of Public Health assists with elder abuse/neglect/exploitation of an elderly subject(s) who lives in a long-term care facility like a nursing home or Alzheimer’s facility. Local police should be contacted to initiate an investigation; however a report also can be made with IDPH, which may start its own, non-criminal investigation. Contact the Department of Public Health at 1-800-252-4343 or 1-800-547-0466 (TTY).
 

Identity theft

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office maintains an Identity Theft Hotline, which guides Illinois residents along the sometimes turbulent and confusing path toward reporting a crime, and cleaning up one’s credit history. Local police should be contacted first to initiate in investigation. A complaint can then be made with the AG’s office at 1-866-999-5630 | TTY 1-877-844-5461.

TRIAD

TRIAD is an initiative consisting of law enforcement and other community activists that focuses on needs and concerns of the elderly, including crimes against the elderly. The St. Charles Police Department’s Crime Prevention Officer is involved in the Central Kane County TRIAD. The group regularly provides safety academies to alert seniors to ongoing crimes trends against senior citizens.

Office of the Attorney General

The office of the Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, provides a multitude of services and programs to assist all residents, and is committed to preventing crime against senior citizens. Complaints can be filed with the office using the information below.
Illinois Attorney General’s Office

  • Senior Citizen Advocate page
  • James R. Thompson Center
    100 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
  • Illinois Attorney General Consumer Fraud Hotline
    Chicago: 1-800-386-5438 | 1-800-964-3013 (TTY)
  • Illinois Attorney General Senior Fraud Helpline
    1-800-243-5377 | 1-800-964-3013 (TTY) 
  • Homeowner Helpline
    1-866-544-7151 (Voice/TTY)
  • ID Theft Hotline
    1-866-999-5630 | 1-877-844-5461 (TTY)

​Do Not Call Registry

do not callThe National Do Not Call Registry gives people a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call a number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, homeowners can file a complaint at the following web site. Home and/or mobile phones can be registered for free.
https://donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx or 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236)
The Illinois Attorney General’s office’s web site contains more information about the Do Not Call List, including more links to complaint forms. 

Legal Assistance

Prairie State Legal Services - Prairie State Legal Services for Kane, DeKalb and Kendall Counties, at the Fox Valley Office, is a not-for-profit law firm offering free legal assistance or advice for certain civil legal matters. This includes government or public benefits, landlord or tenant, utility problems, elder abuse, nursing home rights, limited family law matters and consumer law. Clients are screened and matched with attorneys. Telephone counseling is available. No criminal or traffic cases accepted. There are no income requirements in civil matters for seniors 60+ or for emergency orders of protection.
Fox Valley Office
1024 West Main Street Saint Charles, IL 60174
(630) 232-9415

Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office - Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit – Kane County State's Attorney's Office Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit specializes in the prosecution of crimes against seniors (age 60 and over) or persons with disabilities (18 to 59 years). Included are such crimes as financial exploitation, consumer fraud, identity theft, neglect, physical and sexual abuse. This unit is comprised of Assistant State's Attorneys and Victims' Rights Advocates, who deal with the legal rights of seniors and persons with disabilities. Spanish is spoken.
100 South Third Street Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 208-5324

Meals for seniors

Senior Services Associates can assist with providing hot meals on a regular basis for people who are elderly, adults with disabilities or other targeted populations who may be at risk for nutritional deficits without assistance and who can profit from an opportunity to socialize with others. Congregate meals are often combined with recreational, educational and social activities.
101 South Grove Avenue Elgin, IL 60120                                                               
(847) 741-0404

The Illinois Department of Human Services takes part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card - an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.

DHS Help Line: 1-800-843-6154

Military and Veterans Rights

  • Military and Veterans Rights Bureau
    Office of the Attorney General
    James R. Thompson Center, 12th floor
    100 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
  • Military and Veterans Rights Hotline
    1-800-382-3000 | 1-800-964-3013 (TTY)

Community Services for Seniors

peopleSenior Services Associates is a non-profit agency providing services to seniors and their families in Kane, Kendall, and McHenry Counties of Illinois. Services include assessment and case management, community care programs, information and referral, outreach, legal services, R.S.V.P transportation, senior companion programs, assistance with forms completion and much more. Their main office is located at 101 S. Grove, Elgin, IL 60120, 847-741-0404, toll free 800-942-1724, or online at http://www.seniorservicesassoc.org/index.html.

Transportation

The Ride in Kane Program provides curb-to-curb service, 24 hours a day, for seniors and disabled residents to ride from their homes to just about anywhere in the county. There are also a number of  other transporation alternatives for seniors.