Programs and Services

Making A Difference

PLOWS Council on Aging employs more than 70 professionals to address the aging needs of our communities. Call us at 708.361.0219 to determine if you or someone you care for qualifies 

for our programs and services and learn more by viewing the TV interview below.

Adult Protective Services

Safety of older adults 60+ years of age and those 18-59 years of age with a disability is a priority for us and, unfortunately, all too often, abuse (intentionally or unintentionally) occurs. To address these sensitive (and sometimes life-threatening) situations, we have trained professionals to investigate these type of abuses through the Illinois Department on Aging. Abuse of an older adult can include: physical, sexual or emotional abuse; confinement; passive neglect; willful deprivation; or financial exploitation. Reporting a potential abuse situation is confidential and reporters can remain anonymous. Learn more about our services by viewing this Channel 4 TV segment https://youtu.be/VYOih8FNk2w.

Advocacy & Benefits 

Applying for benefits can be challenging and overwhelming. Our professionals can assist you or another qualified older adult by working with appropriate authorities and agencies. Possible services include: Medicare Part B& D subsidies, energy assistance, senior property taxes, reduced-fare transit cards, SNAP, Medicaid, and license plate discount.Visit Upcoming Events to learn about special Advocacy & Benefits sessions taking place every month in Lemont and Worth.

Caregiver Support

Being a caregiver can be so rewarding and, at the same time,

complicated and lonely. Our Caregiver Specialists are available to

provide consultations, assistance, information and support to those giving care to someone aged 60+, as well as Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Grandchildren. We host educational events and can also arrange respite -- temporary care for an older adult to give a caregiver a much needed break.Visit Upcoming Events to learn about our monthly activities for caregivers and older adults.

Care Planning 

As we age, sometimes we need a plan to help age well in the community once a need has been identified. Our trained caseworkers go to the home of an older adult and work with everyone involved to provide guidance and create the best plan of care possible, which may include a combination of programs, services and resources.

Choices for Care Program

Following discharge from the hospital or rehabilitation stay, an older adult may not always be able to care for themselves. Our trained professionals conduct assessments to determine options for home and community-based services that help people remain in their homes.

Home-Delivered Meals

Thanks to the passion of highly trained, dedicated and vetted volunteers, nutritional meals are delivered to the home daily, Monday through Friday, for qualified people aged 60+ who are unable to manage meal preparation. Learn more about our services by viewing this Channel 4 TV segment at 

https://youtu.be/dC_2y8qjFTU

 

Volunteers Needed for Home-Delivered Meals

We are looking for caring volunteers to help pack and/or drive and offer flexible scheduling deliver meals one morning a week. 

 

Prepared meals are delivered Monday through Friday and drivers leave around 9 A.M. from our office at 7808 West College Drive in Palos Heights, IL. Routes are in Palos and Orland Township and can usually be completed within two hours.

 

Volunteers need their own cars, license, and insurance, and must submit to a background check. A small stipend offsets driving expenses. Please call 708-361-0219 for more information about this rewarding experience or e-mail us at c.suddreth@plows.org

Information & Assistance

The aging and disability environments are ever changing and there's a vast number of options available. Our team of supportive specialists help provide direction to anyone aged 60+ or under 60 years old with a disability. Whether you are looking for the nearest in-home care company, options counseling or an area agency on aging in another state, PLOWS Council on Aging helps guide you to resources and connections.

In-Home Services

.Need assistance with personal care? Meal preparation? Light house keeping? Laundry or grocery shopping? For qualified older adults, in-home services is a great option. Skilled and vetted care workers can visit your home and assist with managing daily household activities for a definitive period of time.

Shared Housing

Looking for affordable housing? Have an extra room in your home? Shared Housing is an innovative roommate matching service that provides affordable housing and/or companionship and it may be a good option for you. We have 30+ years of experience in Shared Housing -- matching people that have houses, apartments or condos, with people who need an affordable place to live. Adults of all ages can participate as long as one participant is aged 62+ or has a disability. This program can offer 

companionship, financial security and independence. Providers and seekers are thoroughly vetted and we provide guidance on Shared Housing agreements. Learn more about our services by viewing these TV interviews