“Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services offers a broad continuum of supportive services in order to promote independence of older adults in the communities of Oak Park and River Forest.”
Oak Park Township offers several meal programs to residents of Oak Park and River Forest age 60 and over. Qualifying residents can choose from:
A calendar of menus and events is published in our quarterly newsletter and available online. Please call us at (708) 383-8060 to be added to our mailing list or email us.
Senior Services Event Calendar
Oak Park Township strives to promote the well being of all its older residents. We offer a wide variety of affordable, and often free, services geared toward enhancing and improving the quality of life of our senior residents including:
Through our contracted agency, clients receive assistance with basic household chores and/or personal care due to illness, infirmity or disability. Senior Services administers the Chore Program by determining client eligibility and working with the contracted agency to ensure compliance with Title III of the Older Americans Act.
Seniors age 60 and over and persons with disabilities age 18-59 who are residents of Oak Park or River Forest who may be a victim of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation may report the abuse 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Contact Township Senior Services (Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm) at (708) 383-8060 or, 24/7, contact the Illinois Department on Aging 1-866-800-1409. The brochure for Adult Protective Services may be downloaded here.
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) helps qualified seniors age 60 and over and persons with disabilities prepare Power of Attorney and Living Will documents for free every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. Qualifications include: residency within Cook County and a household income at or below 150% of the Federal Government Poverty Threshold. Appointments take place at the Township Senior Services building, 130 S. Oak Park Ave. Contact the Township Senior Services Department at (708) 383-8060.
Low-cost will services
Free ride and license plate discount for income-eligible older adults and persons with disabilities. Individuals must submit a Benefit Access Application online. Visit https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/Pages/default.aspx and click on the "Benefit Access" tab near the top. Paper applications are not available. Individuals who don't have access to a computer may contact their local Area Agency on Aging. For assistance, please call the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Helpline at 1-800-252-8966 (hearing impaired call 1-888-206-1327).
Annual grants and energy assistance. Visit www.cedaorg.net for eligibility requirements for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Oak Park Township is a site for processing LIHEAP applications; please call 708-383-8060 for an appointment.
Assistance with applying for Medicare health insurance and assistance with accessing benefits and services.
Respite in-home, out of home, or in an adult daycare service. Caregivers of an individual age 60 or older or an individual with disabilities are welcome to attend the Caregiver Support Group. The Group meets twice monthly from 10am to 12pm.
The Senior Services building at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue serves as a cooling and warming center during extreme temperatures. The building is open weekdays from 8am-2pm to residents aged 60 and over and adults 18-59 with a disability. Please call our Transportation office at (708) 383-4806 to arrange a ride. For a complete list of local cooling and warming locations, please click here.
Oak Park Township offers comprehensive Case Management services for Oak Park and River Forest residents age 60 and over. Depending on the individual need, residents can receive benefits such as:
Professional case managers assist older persons in gaining access to and receiving needed services. An individualized service plan including assessment of need, planning of care, and coordination of services is developed and monitored for Oak Park and River Forest residents age 60 and over.
State certified Case Managers conduct a holistic comprehensive care assessment, which examines the client's environmental, physical, cognitive, psychological and social well-being. It also includes the identification of existing support systems and the need to coordinate with other professionals within the community.
Adult protective service trained staff is also available to answer questions and/or investigate reports of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation affecting seniors age 60+ and persons with disabilities aged 18-59.
Behavioral Health Care: The Older Adult Behavioral Health Care Program provides community-based case management, supportive services, and coordination of care for older adults in Oak Park and River Forest who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Case managers conduct an assessment of clients’ needs, offer options for care, and seek to enhance coping skills to manage their illness. Our highly trained Behavioral Health Care Coordinators can provide the following services:
- Conduct in-home comprehensive assessments that identify the needs of the older adult client.
- Develop care plans with the client to ensure that treatment needs are being addressed and coordinated with all providers of support services
- Identify and develop current and potential support systems that promote independent living and community integration
- Teach and reinforce life skills and adaptive strategies to help the client maximize the level of functioning
- Assist the client in identifying risk factors that negatively impact symptoms and develop a crisis management plan to follow in the event of an emergency.
- Coordinate and collaborate with other treatment providers to ensure that the comprehensive needs of the client are being met.
(Funded in part by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township)
If you need assistance determining what services are appropriate, or you are interested in more information about case management services please call (708) 383-8060 and request the intake unit.
Current Lunch Menu
A $1.50 donation is suggested for each meal, however, no one is denied service based on ability to pay.
Please note: although Congregate and Home-Delivered Meal menus are similar, some menu items may vary.
If you are a home-delivered meal participant, please contact our Senior Nutrition team with any questions regarding the daily menu offerings.
Oak Park Township values the mobility needs of residents of all ages, therefore we offer transportation services to our residents 60 years and older and to persons aged 18 and older with disabilities. Service is provided curb-to-curb within Oak Park and River Forest, and all buses are equipped with lifts for full accessibility. Safe, reliable service can be arranged for any purpose, including:
Our Transportation route has been expanded to help bring seniors to places near Oak Park and River Forest. Rides to Loyola Hospital in Maywood, Hines VA, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, and Westlake Hospital as well as Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park may be requested by callingand making a reservation.
Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Appointments: 24 hours to 1 week in advance
Ride Hours: Monday through Friday 7:45am – 4:00pm
Rate: Suggested donation of $1.00 per ride
We provide curb-to-curb service within the communities of Oak Park and River Forest. Special group trips outside of the service area are available throughout the year. Advance registration is recommended.
The Park District of Oak Park and the Township Transportation entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to provide an additional van for senior citizens and people with disabilities. For the official press release, please click here.
To arrange transportation, please call:
RTA Transit Permits
Residents seeking reduced transit cards through the RTA may process their applications at the Township Office located at 105 S. Oak Park Avenue. For more information including required documents, please click here or call (708) 383-8005.