Aging & Disability Resource Network
Solutions for Care is a state-designated Aging & Disability Resource Network (ADRN) site that provides up-to-date information and quality referrals to individuals with disabilities ages 18-59 and to older adults and their family members. ADRN also offers the Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) which connects our clients with state and federal programs.
ADRN conducts services at our main office in North Riverside Mondays-Fridays. The agency also hosts enrollment events at alternate locations throughout the year.
Solutions take the confusion out of applying for those benefits and services you need. In fact, you may be eligible for more benefits than you think. Speak to our experienced Benefit Access Counselors to determine the criteria for participation in each of the following programs. Print out a list of documents you will need here to bring to your appointment so that you can apply to the various programs.
All Benefit Access Program Services require an appointment. Schedule your appointment by calling
lllinois State Benefits Access Programs
Seniors Ride Free Transit Benefit
Seniors, aged 65 or older: If you are an Illinois resident, and currently enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program, you are eligible for free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace.
SECRETARY OF STATE LICENSE PLATE DISCOUNT
Eligible seniors may apply for the discount and pay $24 to renew their license plates. For more information, click here for more information.
Medical & Nutrition State Assistance Programs
Free medical services dependent on income.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides benefit cards to be used to purchase food dependent on income.
SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM COUNSELING (SHIP)
A free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIP Counselors provide resources and information about applying for the various Medicare program and plan providers. For more information, click here.
MEDICARE PART D & PRESCRIPTION PLAN
Free and low-cost prescription plans for Medicaid and Medicare participants. For more information, click here.
Extra Help is a federal program that helps pay for some to most of the out-of-pocket costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. It is also known as the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS). For more information, click here.
Communications and Safety State Assistance Program
SafeLink and Lifeline are federal programs that distributes free wireless phone and/or provide internet service. Click here for more information.
Options Counseling is a person-centered, interactive, decision-support process where individuals can receive assistance in their deliberations to make informed choices about long-term services and supports in the context of their own preferences, strengths, and values.
CEDA Energy Assistance Programs
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps seniors stay safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. DVP/RA is designed to assist income-eligible households with energy services. Cash assistance is a one-time benefit payment to the customer. The amount of the payments is determined by income, household size, and fuel type. RA is used to prevent or reconnect disconnected households. PIPP provides a monthly benefit payment to the utilities based on household utility budget billing and customers are required to pay a reduced amount on their utility bills each month to get the benefit payments.
Direct Vendor Payment/Reconnection Assistance/Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)
Share the Warmth provides heating grants up to $200 on past due Peoples Gas bills to limited and fixed-income households. Disconnected households are eligible to apply.
Furnace Assistance is designed to restore the home’s heating system back to a safe and effective operation. Assistance is only available to approved households that have or are eligible to receive a LIHEAP benefit and whose heating systems are not operational or have been red-tagged by their utility company. The services are free of charge for income-qualifying homeowners that reside within the property. Renters are not eligible to apply. Households are
eligible to apply for Furnace assistance during their priority period.