The Community Care Program
, administered by the Illinois Department on Aging, offers a statewide network of services to persons age 60 and over. These services offer eligible older adults of Illinois the opportunity to remain in their own homes as an alternative to inappropriate or premature institutionalization in a nursing facility.
Illinois certifies providers for services under the Community Care Program. Any willing and qualified agency may participate in this open procurement process.
NOTICE: Statewide Provider Management Training
The Illinois Department on Aging will host trainings every year, generally held in April and September. Details will be sent to qualified providers upon application approval by the Department, at which time the provider will be allowed to complete registration for the training.
- Adult Day Service
Adult Day Service is designed especially for older adults who want to remain in the community but who cannot be home alone during the day due to a physical, social and/or mental impairment. Adult day service also provides respite for family caregivers, especially those who are employed outside the home, and socialization for isolated older adults. Services offered in adult day service centers include health, medication supervision, personal care and recreational/therapeutic activities. Nutritious lunches and snacks are served, and special diets are provided.
Note: Nonparticipating Adult Day Service Centers under the Community Care Programs may apply for the Child and Adult Care Food Program at any time during the year. All participating agencies must reapply annually. Click here for more information on CACFP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
- Automated Medication Dispenser Service
Automated Medication Dispenser Service (AMD) is a portable, mechanical system that can be programmed to dispense or alert the participant to take non-liquid oral medications in the participant's residence or other temporary residence in Illinois through auditory, visual or voice reminders; to provide tracking and caregiver notification of a missed medication dose; and to provide 24-hour technical assistance to the participant and responsible party for the AMD service in the home. The service may provide additional medication specific directions, or prompts to take other medications via other routes such as liquid medications or injections based on individual need.
The service is provided by a stand-alone medication dispenser base unit that is connected to and supported by a Department-approved AMD provider through either the telephone line or a wireless/cellular connection that does not interfere with the normal use of the telephone or emergency home response system.
- Emergency Home Response Service
Emergency Home Response Service (EHRS) is a 24-hour emergency communication link to assistance outside the home for older adults with documented health and safety needs and mobility limitations. This service is provided by a two-way voice communication system consisting of a base unit and an activation device worn by the client that will automatically link the older adult to a professionally staffed support center.
- In-Home Service
In-Home Service provides assistance with household tasks such as cleaning, planning and preparing meals, doing laundry, shopping and running errands. Homemakers also assist clients with personal care tasks, such as dressing, bathing, grooming and following special diets.
The Illinois Department on Aging does not discriminate in admission to programs or treatment of employment in programs or activities in compliance with appropriate State and Federal Statutes. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have a right to file a complaint with the Illinois Department on Aging. For information, call the Senior HelpLine: 1-800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).