Support Programs

Oak Park Township strives to promote the well being of all its older residents. We offer a wide variety of affordable, and often free, services geared toward enhancing and improving the quality of life of our senior residents including:

  • Chore Program: Through our contracted agency, clients receive assistance with basic household chores and/or personal care due to illness, infirmity or disability. Senior Services administers the Chore Program by determining client eligibility and working with the contracted agency to ensure compliance with Title III of the Older Americans Act.   
     
  • Adult Protective Services:  Seniors age 60 and over and persons with disabilities age 18-59 who are residents of Oak Park or River Forest who may be a victim of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation may report the abuse 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Contact Township Senior Services (Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm) at (708) 383-8060 or, 24/7, contact the Illinois Department on Aging 1-866-800-1409. The brochure for Adult Protective Services may be downloaded here.
  • Advanced Directives Clinic:  The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) helps qualified seniors age 60 and over and persons with disabilities prepare Power of Attorney and Living Will documents for free every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. Qualifications include:  residency within Cook County and a household income at or below 150% of the Federal Government Poverty Threshold. Appointments take place at the Township Senior Services building, 130 S. Oak Park Ave.  Contact the Township Senior Services Department at (708) 383-8060.
  • Affordable Wills: Low-cost will services
     
  • Benefit Access: Free ride and license plate discount
     
  • Energy Assistance: Annual grants and energy assistance.  Visit www.cedaorg.net for eligibility requirements for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
     
  • Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP): Assistance with applying for Medicare health insurance and assistance with accessing benefits and services.
     
  • Tax-Aide: Oak Park Township Senior Services is not hosting AARP Income Tax Preparation this year.  Download an information sheet listing Tax Preparation sites here.
    AARP is available at the following locations for tax preparation:
     
    Forest Park Community Center*, 7640 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park - 708.771.7737. 
    February 5th to April 10th - Monday and Tuesday appointments only.
    *Transportation service through Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services is available for Oak Park-River Forest residents 60+ to and from this location only.  Please call 708.383.4806 at least 24-48 hours in advance to reserve. 
     
    Franklin Park Library (AARP)
    10311 Grand Avenue, Franklin Park - 847-455-6016
    February 1st to April 2nd, Thursdays only

                
    Riverside Public Library (AARP)
    1 Burlington Road, Riverside - 708-442-6366

    February 14th to April 11th, Wednesday appointments only

    Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove – 708.456.0300 Ext. 3895

    (Fifth Ave. at North Ave.)
    Call Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Accepting appointments now through April 14th; locations vary.
     

    More AARP tax aide sites and additional information is available at https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

     
  • Carrier Watch Program: No mail pick-up alerts to police if mail unattended for two days 

 

  • Caregiver Support Program: Respite in-home, out of home, or in an adult daycare service.  Caregivers of an individual age 60 or older or an individual with disabilities are welcome to attend the Caregiver Support Group.  The Group meets twice monthly from 10am to 12pm.
     
  • Cooling and Warming Center:  The Senior Services building at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue serves as a cooling and warming center during extreme temperatures.  The building is open weekdays from 8am-2pm to seniors aged 60 and over.  Please call our Transportation office at (708) 383-4806 to arrange a ride.
     
     

    For more information, and to sign up for any Senior Services programs, please call (708) 383-8060.

    Contact

    General Information:
    708.383.8005

    Youth Services:
    708.445.2727

    Senior Services:
    708.383.8060

    Fax:
    708.383.8062

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