Community Care Program

Community Care Program

The Illinois Department on Aging’s subsidized in-home care program provides a variety of services for older adults who need assistance with activities of daily living on a regular basis. Eligibility for this program is based on the need for care and financial criteria. A Care Coordinator can provide an in-home assessment to determine eligibility for this program. Services provided by the Community Care program include: homemakers services, adult day care, automated medication dispenser, and emergency home response systems.

Comprehensive Care Coordination

Solutions for Care employs professionally-trained staff who can assess the needs of older adults facing a change in health or functional ability on an individual basis. Care coordinators can offer information, assistance and referral to in-home services designed to address the needs identified.

Care Coordinators can conduct consultations in a variety of settings; the home, local rehab facilities, and the hospital. Assessments are based on the unique needs of each older adult and existing resources. With the older adult and/or family members the care coordinator will develop a plan of care that utilizes public and private resources, family support, and the older adults preferences.

Care Coordinators will assist with the implementation of the Plan of Care by making referrals and linkage to services. The Plan of Care can include the following:

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In Home Services

In-Home Service provides assistance with household tasks such as cleaning, planning and preparing meals, doing laundry, shopping and running errands. Home Care Aides also assist participants with personal care tasks, such as dressing, bathing, grooming and following special diets.

Adult Day Service

Adult Day Service 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.

Emergency Home Response

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. 

Automated Medication Dispenser

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. 

Chore Housekeeping

Chore Housekeeping: Provide assistance with house household tasks and daily activities.

Home Delivered Meals

Home Delivered Meals: Meals delivered to a client’s home. Individual aged 60 and over are eligible for a home delivered meal if they are determined to be frail or homebound because of illness, disability or isolated. An assessment is required to determine eligibility.

Schedule a Care Coordination Assessment today through Solutions for Care’s Care Coordination Unit by calling (708) 447-2448 and asking for the Intake Department or emailing info@solutionsforcare.org

In order to determine eligibility, we will have to complete an intake form to set up a home visit.  After the intake is completed, a Care Coordinator will come out to your home to complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine your eligibility for services. 

During the home visit, we will need you to provide us with:

  • Proof of age (State ID or Driver’s License)
  • Proof of all bank accounts (savings, checking)
  • Proof of assets (life insurance policies, retirement accounts such as 401k)
  • Proof of income (Social Security Award letter, Pension Statement)
  • Proof of social security number (social security card, possibly your Medicare card)
  • Proof of Medicare and any other health insurance
  • Apply for Medicaid (a government medical program)
  • Provide a list of all medications taken

If you are applying for Home Delivered Meals or Chore Housekeeping only, then financial documents and applying for Medicaid are not required. For all other services, these documents must be provided for you to be approved for services. 

Choice for Care

Aligned under the Community Care Program is a sub-program known as Choices for Care. Hospital Care Coordinators from the Care Coordination Units conduct assessments in hospitals prior to patient discharge. The assessment process gives older adults and their families the opportunity to ask questions, discuss their needs for services, and understand community-based, as well as institutional options for continuing care. In instances of short-term nursing facility placements for purposes of rehabilitation or convalescence, Care Coordinators may conduct follow-up screenings in the nursing facility to facilitate reentry into the community when possible. Solutions for Care provides Hospital Care Coordinators in MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Hines Veterans Hospital in Hines and RiverEdge, Madden Mental Health Center in Forest Park as well as local rehab facilities within our service area. If you or a loved one is hospitalized and worried about the next steps upon discharge, call (708) 447-2448 or email info@solutionsforcare.org today.