Programs and Services
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.
Adult Protective Services
Safety of older adults and people with disabilities is a priority for us and, unfortunately, all too often, abuse (intentionally or unintentionally) occurs. Our trained professionals 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: https://youtu.be/VYOih8FNk2w.
Advocacy & Benefits
We counselled more than 2,700 people last year and filed 1,800 benefit applications on behalf of older adults. This free service helps you learn about, evaluate and apply for benefits you may qualify for as an older adult. Our professional team is highly organized and savvy about government guidelines, understanding special enrollment criteria and all the details needed to complete paperwork correctly. Many -- but not all -- of our programs are income and asset based which means there is a government criteria for eligibility and limits on benefits. We provide counsel on energy assistance, select medical coverage such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B and Extra Help programs, prescription drug plans, senior health insurance plans, food assistance, savings on property tax, transportation discounts and cell phone savings. Learn more:
Millions of Americans take care of a friends or family members as “informal caregivers” – unpaid support helping with daily living activities, managing chronic health conditions and/or disabilities, ensuring insurance information and critical long-term planning is up-to-date as well as many other tasks. Our team of specialists provide consultations, assistance, information and support to those giving care to someone 60 years of age and over, as well as Grandparents & 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 and learn more at: https://youtu.be/F_rIJGWEdD4
As we age, sometimes we need a plan to help age well in the community once a need has been identified. Our 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. Check out this TV interview for more about "Choices for Care" at https://youtu.be/9_38YU5f1wc
Home-Delivered Meals Program
Thanks to the passion of highly trained, dedicated and vetted volunteers, we deliver more than 160 nutritional meals to homes daily, Monday through Friday, to qualified people 60 years and over who are unable to manage meal preparation.
Learn more: https://youtu.be/dC_2y8qjFTU
Information & Assistance
The aging and disability environments are ever changing and there's a vast number of options available. Our team helps provide direction to anyone 60 years of age or over or adults with disabilities. Whether you are looking for the nearest in-home care company, options counseling or an area agency on aging in another state, we'll guide you to resources and connections.
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. Learn more by viewing this TV interview https://youtu.be/9_38YU5f1wc
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: