Our Social Services staff assists Hanover Township residents with many programs and links them with services to promote independence and a sense of well-being. Social Services Caseworkers assist clients by appointment according to last name:
Please note that all Government Programs have specific eligibility requirements. Your Social Services Caseworker will be able to screen you for programs that you qualify for based on income and assets.
Public Aid Programs
- Circuit Breaker/Illinois Cares Rx
- Discount Programs
- Assistance with Medicare Part D enrollment
- Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs
Social Services Caseworkers assist clients in completing applications for the following Public Aid Programs:
- Food Stamps, (LINK Card)
- Medicare Savings Program (Provides assistance with Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles and co-insurances)
Social Services partners with many agencies to offer Wellness programs on a monthly basis for our seniors. Listed below are programs that we offer and you can participate in:
- Grief Support Group, facilitated by Monarch Hospice. This group meets on a monthly basis. New members are always welcome!
- Caregivers Support Group that meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. New members always welcome!
- Take Charge of Your Health Program - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program created by Stanford University, (offered twice annually)
- Positive Action Group (Meets every month)
- Secretary of State Rules of the Road Review Course, (offered every four months)
- Monthly seminars in Nutrition, Senior Safety, Reverse Mortgages, Vision Loss and Much More!
Our Adopt-a-Senior Program is intended to serve low income residents who are in need of a few gift items during the holiday season. Our Social Services staff partners with the community to create care packages. The care packages consist of gifts, non-perishable food items and a gift card to make the holiday season special for our seniors. A Giving Tree is displayed in the Senior Center lobby to give residents and Businesses an opportunity to support the program by purchasing needed gift items. We also welcome any monetary gift donations to be put to wards creating the care packages as well. All gifts must be returned to the Senior Center by Friday, December 14th. Recipient of the program must meet income eligibility guidelines. Please complete the application below and return to Social Services no later than Friday, November 2.
Adopt-A-Senior Application 2012 - Page 1
Adopt-A-Senior Application 2012 - Page 2
Social Services staff is trained Medicare Counselors through the Senior Health Insurance Program, (SHIP) and provide information on:
Energy Assistance Programs
- Access to Care
- Information on Medicare Supplemental Plans
- Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities
- Veterans Care
Senior Will Program
- LIHEAP, (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
- LIHEAP Furnace Program
- Comed Hardship Program
- Site for CEDA REACH Program, (Individual Case Management for budgeting utility bills)
Hanover Township Senior Services is a site for the Senior Will Program that offers senior citizens one free, will-related consultation with a lawyer and if the senior wishes, the low-cost preparation of a Living Will and Durable Power of health Care and Property. The program is sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association Referral Services. Participating lawyers are supplied by the Chicago Bar Association and have experience in Will preparation. The lawyer is available monthly by appointment. Please contact Social Services to schedule your appointment.
Our Lending Closet consists of medical equipment such as wheel chairs, walkers, bath chairs and shower benches that are loaned out to residents. A refundable deposit is required when picking up the equipment.
Information and Referral
Social Services can provide information, make referrals and link services to seniors and their families. Listed below are a few resources that your caseworkers can provide:
Outreach Friendly Visiting Programs
- Housing options
- Nursing Homes
- Case Management Services
- Home Health
- Counseling/Mental Health
- Food Pantries and much more!
- PAL (People Against Loneliness Program) - Volunteers who offer friendship/companionship two times a month to seniors who might not have a support system such as friends, family or caregiver
- Bilingual PALS-AN Extension of the PAL Program - Bilingual PALS are volunteers who speak a second language fluently and are willing to participate in programs at the Senior Center with an individual who speaks a second language. To participate, contact Cathy at 630.483.5669
- Senior Companion Program - This program is part of Senior Corps, a Federal program that is a network of national and community service programs. Senior Companions provide friendship and companionship, can offer transportation and can provide respite care for family caregivers. To participate, contact Jennifer at 630.483.5666
Sage for Aging:
Helpful resources for caregivers of the elderly. Click here for more information.