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Senior Services

“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.”

Senior Services Update

Please Read!  An Important COVID-19 Message on Program Updates from Oak Park Township Senior Services 

Oak Park Township and River Forest Township continues to provide services to seniors in both communities, even though the Senior Services offices are closed to the public.  Our phone number is 708-383-8060 for questions on care coordination, referrals, and our Nutrition Program.  Our Transportation Department may be reached at 708-383-4806.    

Vaccine questions should be sent to the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department via phone at 358-5499 or email at covid19vaccine@oak-park.us.

Local and regional information on the Covid-19 coronavirus illness

Illinois Department of Health - 1-800-889-3931
or website:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Village of Oak Park

Senior Services Nutrition Program – "Take Out" or Home Delivered Service Available

Our Senior Services Nutrition team will continue to assist you throughout COVID-19.  On Fridays, we are providing frozen, 5 meal packs which are microwavable for participants.  If you are in need of additional meals, kindly let us know.  In addition, we can provide 7 emergency/shelf stable meal packs 2 times per year for all registered participants.  On Tuesdays beginning June 7th, we will have an additional meal pick-up, please see below for details.

For individuals who are 60 years of age or older, homebound, and have little to no support to access food during the COVID-19 outbreak, please contact our Senior Services Intake Department at 708-383-8060. Eligible participants must reside in Oak Park or River Forest.  Homebound meal participants will receive a letter at the beginning of the month with a suggested meal donation based off their income and total meals received.  Please note that inability to provide a portion or entirety of the requested donation will not hinder participants from receiving meals.  Upon reinstatement of normal program operations, all participants receiving emergency COVID meals will be redetermined for home delivered meal eligibility.

For individuals 60 years of age or older who can make it to our "drive-thru" meal pickup, there is a suggested $1.50 donation per meal.  Please access the rear of Oak Park Township Senior Services building at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue via the alley through Pleasant Street by St. Edmund's Church, on the following dates the month of September.  You may download a copy here.

New meal pick-up on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:  3-pack meal with milk:  1 fresh hot meal, 1 fresh cold (deli sandwich or salad) meal, and 1 frozen meal.  A 5-pack frozen meal is also available on Tuesdays.  Please click here for the flyer.

Friday, September 2nd
11:00AM-1:00PM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack 

Tuesday, September 6th
10:00AM-11:30AM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack  or (1) 3 meal pack including 1 hot meal

Friday, September 9th
11:00AM-1:00PM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack

Tuesday, September 13th
10:00AM-11:30AM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack  or (1) 3 meal pack including 1 hot meal

Friday, September 16th 
11:00AM-1:00PM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack 

Tuesday, September 20th
10:00AM-11:30AM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack  or (1) 3 meal pack including 1 hot meal

Friday, September 23rd 
11:00AM-1:00PM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack 

Tuesday, September 27th
10:00AM-11:30AM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack  or (1) 3 meal pack including 1 hot meal

Friday, September 30th 
11:00AM-1:00PM (1) Frozen, 5 meal pack 

In observation of social distancing parameters and the safety of our patrons and staff, we ask that those coming to retrieve meals from our congregate site remain in their vehicles and wait for a staff person to deliver their meal.  

To access our take out driving lane, Please enter the alley through Pleasant Street by St. Edmund’s Church. We will have staff ready to assist you with navigating the pickup.

*Please note: Distribution dates may be subject to change. Please be sure to routinely check this page for program updates. Please call Oak Park Township Senior Services at 708-383-8060 for more information. 

Senior Programs and Activities Postponed

Please call 708-383-8060 if you have questions.   In addition, please be advised that all Oak Park Township Senior Lunch programs and activities have been postponed until further notice.  Updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Senior Services and Older Adult Benefits

Please call 708-383-8060 to talk with an Older Adult Benefits specialist.  We are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m.  Application assistance with many programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP. Click on this flyer for further details. 

Oak Park and River Forest residents seeking more information on CEDA Energy Assistance programs including LIHEAP may call our 105 S. Oak Park Avenue office at 708-383-8005.  

Senior Services Transportation Expanded

Please call 708-383-4806 to reserve a curb-to-curb ride throughout Oak Park and River Forest.  Reservations for local trips for shopping and other errands may be made up to 1 week in advance.  Limited seats are available and social distancing as well as COVID-19 protocols, including wearing face coverings, will be required.  The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Suggested donation is $1.00 per ride.   

Oak Park Township Dine Out Program

The Dine Out Program offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy an affordable, well-balanced meal at selected area restaurants. Dine Out participants can pick up coupons from Senior Services for a suggested donation of $4 each. Please call 708-383-8060 to make an appointment.  Each coupon is valid for three months from the date of purchase. The Dine Out coupon is then redeemable at a participating Dine Out restaurant for one selection from a specially prepared menu. The restaurants currently participating are:

· Cozy Corner - 708-383-1750; ($3.50 delivery charge)
Click here for the menu
138 Marion Street

· Robinson's Ribs - 708-383-8452; ($4.00 delivery charge)
Click here for the menu
848 W. Madison Street

Currently, Dine Out restaurants are only providing “to go” meals only to participants until further notice.

Dine Out Coupon Pickup:

Dine Out coupons are available to pick up by appointment only.  Please call 708-383-8060.

Meal Programs

Oak Park Township offers several meal programs to residents of Oak Park and River Forest age 60 and over. Qualifying residents can choose from:

  • Senior Lunch Program, which provides complete well-balanced meals, opportunity for social interaction, and educational programming. Lunch is distributed via "take-out" at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see details above. There is a suggested donation of $1.50 per meal. Qualifying guidelines for patrons: 1. Age 60 years and over. 2. The 60+ participant’s spouse regardless of age, if the eligible spouse is or has been an active participant of the program. 3. Individuals who are disabled and under age 60 if they reside in a housing facility for older adults and persons with disabilities at which congregate nutrition services are provided. 4. Individuals with disabilities who reside with a person over 60 in a non-institutional household.
  • Home Delivered Meal Program, offering nutritionally balanced meals to qualified homebound residents. Please call a Senior Services Intake Coordinator at 708-383-8060 to enroll in the program.
  • Dine Out Program, giving seniors the opportunity to enjoy an affordable, well-balanced meal at specified local restaurants. For more information about the Dine Out Program please call Senior Services at 708-383-8060. Coupons may be picked up by appointment for a suggested donation of $4.00 each.

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Support Programs

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.  Qualifications include:  residency within Cook County and a household income at or below 150% of the Federal Government Poverty Threshold. In order to obtain a virtual appointment, please call (312) 376-1880  Please visit https://www.cdelaw.org/.   Additional help for income-qualified residents may be found at Legal Aid Chicago.  [Note:  This was updated in May 2021].

 Low-cost will services; please call Township Senior Services at 708-383-8060.

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 available on a seasonable basis.  Visit www.cedaorg.net for eligibility requirements for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and program dates.  Please click here for information on ComEd bill assistance programs and here for Nicor Gas programs. If you have additional questions, please call Oak Park Township at 708-383-8005.

Memory Cafes offer a Coffee House atmosphere and engaging programs for individuals living with memory changes and their care partners.  A care partner may be a spouse, friend, family member, or a professional assistant.  The Memory Cafe is held every third Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest, with support from the River Forest Library, Oak Park Library and AgeOptions.

Please call 708-383-8060 for registration information or to volunteer.  

Seniors who have difficulty managing their financial affairs, balancing a checkbook, sorting mail and need assistance may request the Money Management Program. Click here for a flyer. Please contact Vivian Holt, Program Coordinator, at (708) 383-8060 or VHolt@oakparktownship.org.

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free counseling service provided by the Illinois Department on Aging.  SHIP does not sell or solicit insurance.  SHIP is not an insurance plan.  SHIP trains volunteer counselors throughout the State of Illinois to provide one-on-one help with your insurance.

SHIP counselors can answer questions about:
- Medicare
- Medicare Supplement Insurance
- Medicare Advantage Plans (HMOs, PPOs, PFFS)
- Prescription Drug Coverage through Medicare and other sources

Please call 708-383-8060 for extra help from Social Security for prescription drug costs and other assistance.

Oak Park Township Senior Services is not hosting AARP Income Tax Preparation.  For Tax Preparation sites, please click here for an updated information sheet.
Additional information on the AARP tax aide sites is available at https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

As a Caregiver Resource Center, Oak Park Township staff provide services to assist caregivers with their roles and provide tools for them to navigate potential caregiving stressors successfully.  Our trained specialist provides counseling, training and education, support groups, workshops, and referral to other supports and services. 

Please complete a caregiver assessment tool to identify the stressors of individual caregivers and find personalized tools and resources to support your caregiving journey.  This assessment will also determine your eligibility for one-on-one counseling, caregiver respite, and/or emergency financial assistance.  Click here to start your assessment!

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.  To register, please email seniors@oakparktownship.org or call 708-383-8060.

 

The Older Adult Home Repair Program provides residents in Oak Park and River Forest an affordable way to complete home projects.  Please click here for the flyer.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 60+ years of age
  • Only minor home repairs
  • All income levels

Fees are either $20, $30, or $40 per hour depending on income.  Repairs are done by insured and reliable professionals (no emergency repairs).
Examples:  sinks, toilets, windows, gutter cleaning, door locks, drains

Contact Northwest West Housing Partnership at 847-969-0561 to request services.  
(Sponsored by the Northwest West Housing Partnership with support from Oak Park Township, River Forest Township, Village of Oak Park, and Village of River Forest)

UPDATE:  During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended operating as a warming and cooling center until the dining room provision of congregate meal service is reinstated.  Please refer to this webpage for future updates. Please follow these suggested tips in extreme heat temperatures from the Cook County Emergency Management Service:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Try to stay in the shade or indoors as much as possible
  • If working outside, take frequent breaks, preferably in an air-conditioned space
  • Check on elderly neighbors and those with functional needs
  • Take pets indoors and make sure they have plenty of water
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.

Thank you for your patience during this time.  For information from the Village of Oak Park on Emergency Preparedness as well as a complete list of local cooling and warming locations, please click here.

For more information, and to sign up for any Senior Services programs, please call (708) 383-8060.

Case Management

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:

  • Individualized service plan including assessment of need, planning of care, and coordination of services.
  • Comprehensive care assessment examining the client's environmental, physical, cognitive, psychological and social well-being, as well as identifying existing support systems and coordinating with other professionals within the community, when needed.

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.

Transportation

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:

  • Medical appointments
  • Social activities
  • Errands

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, and Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park may be requested by calling (708) 383-4806 and 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:
Transportation Office
(708) 383-4806

Transportation to & from Village of Oak Park Farmers' Market

Oak Park and River Forest residents can reserve a curb-to-curb ride by calling (708) 383-4806.  Suggested donation $1.00 per ride per passenger.  We travel throughout Oak Park and River Forest and are available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Seats are limited and we are following COVID-19 protocols.

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.

Senior Committee Approved Minutes

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Community Partners

Oak Park Township

Other Communities

Older adults or caregivers outside of Oak Park or River Forest may find additional resources through the Illinois Department on Aging website or Eldercare Service Locator website. 

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services is a member of the Coordinated Care Alliance