Health Department

Senior Programs

Senior Programs

 Our Mission

To preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of Grundy County

Our Vision

Healthy People, Thriving Communities, and Vibrant Futures

SENIOR PROGRAMS

Tania Schwer, DrPH

Director of Senior 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 (815) 941-3121. * 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) 941-3121.  For inquires, comments, questions, or concerns, please email the front desk seniors@grundyhealth.com and please include your name, phone number, and brief message.

Additional Links of interest:

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

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

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 presentations before local community groups, and making home visits to distribute information on our services.

For more information on the following services please call (815) 941-3121

Home Delivered Meals

Nutritious meals may be delivered to eligible persons.

Community Care Program

Assistance with personal care, shopping, light housework, meal preparation, etc.

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

Information Assistance and Referral (815) 941-3121

Provides information to seniors, their families and other community agencies on how to access programs, services and benefits available to older individuals. Information and assistance is available for Medicare, Medicaid, Benefit Asset, Pharmaceutical Assistance programs and Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP). These services are available at no cost.

Community Care Program (CCP)

On-staff care coordinators are available to provide consultations to assess an individual’s need, review service options, and develop a plan of care, free of charge- if eligible.  This program can also assist Seniors with basic household tasks and (for older persons who are moderately impaired), supervising: personal grooming and bathing.  These particular services are provided by an agency other than the health department.

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. Care Coordinators provide a free consultation to review service options.

Counseling

A qualified professional can provide counseling for aging issues such as illness, loss and grief, relationships, substance abuse, depression and other emotional problems. Call (815) 941-3404 for further information.

Caregiver Resources

You may be providing care to a person aged 60 or over, or you may be a grandparent raising grandchildren. We can help! 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 oversight services are available. This program also assists Grandparents raising Grandchildren.

For further information, please click Here.

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.

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