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Assistance In Your Home and Community

  • Choices for Care in Illinois (brochure, 2013 - 160 KB) explains the purpose of the Choices for Care Program and answers questions about how it functions.
  • Choices for Care in Illinois (book, 2009) provides comprehensive information and a starting point for older adults and their families in exploring options available for community-based long term care.

  • Community Care Program (brochure, 2013 - 155 KB) describes Illinois’ Community Care Program, designed to prevent premature or unnecessary institutionalization by offering in–home, community–based services to eligible adults age 60 and older.
  • Determination of Need, Service Cost Maximum Study (report, 2009 - 1,227 KB) responds to Illinois Public Act 95-565, which directed the Illinois Department on Aging to ensure that the determination of need (DON) tool is accurate in determining the participants' level of need. View more Older Adult Services Act publications at OASA Resources and Links.

  • Emergency Home Response Service (brochure, 2012 - 307 KB), part of the Community Care Program, this service is a 24-hour emergency communication link to assistance outside the home for older adults with documented health and safety needs and mobility limitations.
  • Illinois Volunteer Money Management Program (brochure, 2016 - 317 KB) describes the protective service for limited income seniors who need help managing their finances. The program is sponsored by the Department.
  • Money Follows the Person (brochure, 2011) is a statewide, multi-agency initiative to help older adults move out of the nursing home and back into their communities.

  • Older Adult Services Act Annual Report, 2017, (book, 2017 - 1.23 MB) submitted each January to the Illinois General Assembly as required by Public Act 93-1031, it describes the Department's progress toward compliance with the Older Adults Services Act.
    To view more OASA publications, view OASA Resources and Links.

  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (brochure, 2011 - 224 KB) explains this nationwide program, sponsored by Green Thumb, Inc. and other contracting organizations, which provides part-time public service employment for individuals age 55 and older with limited income. A special effort is made to place program participants in jobs that directly benefit other older people.

  • SHIP - (brochure, 2014 - 621 KB) The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.
  • State and Federal Programs for Older Adults (book, 2013 - 936 KB) describes a wealth of government programs and benefits available to older adults and their families. Toll-free numbers, special numbers for the hearing impaired and other important phone numbers are given, and State Units on Aging are listed.