November 18th, 2016
The Senior Care Department develops systems for individuals 60 and older and their caregivers to easily access needed services. The current focus programs are:
• Senior Advocacy
• Adult Protective Services
• Senior Care Coordination
• Money Follows the Person
• Office of Rehabilitative Services
Healthcare Consortium of Illinois is contracted with both the Illinois Department on Aging and the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services to provide care coordination and case advocacy to seniors 60 years and older in the City of Chicago and South Suburbs. Programs included in the department are: Care Coordination (CC) Adult Protective Services (APS) Veterans Independence Program (VIP) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), and Unity challenge.
Care Coordination is the new name for case management. The IDOA has gone through a series of changes over the past several years and this is one that was made as a result of changing the assessment tool used to gather information and determine eligibility of clients for services. IDoA also change the title of Case Manager to Care Coordinator. These changes are in line with what is happening all across the US with health care reform as agencies are looking at more effective ways of providing holistic care to clients regardless of their age. Care Coordinators are required to assess cognitive skills, environment, health, formal and informal support, etc to create a plan of care that will allow the client to maintain his/her independence in a community environment.
Elder Abuse & Neglect (EAN)
The Elder Abuse and Neglect Program, responds to reports of alleged abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of persons 60 years of age and older. The program provides investigation, intervention and follow-up services to victims. Reports increase each year, as the older population grows and awareness of elder abuse increases. The program stresses the mentally competent older adult’s right to make their own decisions.
Flexible Senior Services (FSS)
When a care coordinator conducts an assessment in your home, they may identify “unmet needs” to keep you safe and secure that may not be paid for by other sources like an insurance policy or benefits provided by Medicare. Limited funding is available through the Department’s Flexible Senior Services demonstration program. Some examples of items or services purchased include minor household modifications and assistive devices, assistance with utility bills, dentures, glasses, grab bars, bath benches, raised toilet seats, and canes.