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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

You are not alone in needing support. More than 16,000 individuals in 20 communities rely on Pathlights’ services each year.

Call us at 708.361.0219 to determine if you or someone you care for qualifies for our programs and services.

FOOD


HOME-DELIVERED MEALS

SNAP/FOOD STAMPS

Thanks to the help of trained and dedicated volunteers, Pathlights delivers more than 62,000 nutritious meals each year to individuals 60 years of age and over who are either temporarily or permanently unable to manage meal preparation and access food. The nutritious home-delivered meal service doubles as a well-being check – necessary for individuals who experience social isolation.

Pathlights has the latest information to help eligible older adults and adults with disabilities understand the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps) program that provides financial assistance for food purchases with the LINK card. Our experts can guide you about eligibility criteria, options to order groceries online, coupons available for farmers’ markets, and more.

SHELTER


HOUSING RESOURCES

SHARED HOUSING

ENERGY ASSISTANCE

WEATHERIZATION

PROPERTY TAX SAVINGS

We empower individuals to understand the many housing options in our community. We are knowledgeable about local choices including Senior Independent Living, Subsidized Housing, Assisted Living, Long Term Care, and Shared Housing. And we partner with supportive organizations to extend our reach. For example, The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) provides free legal services to help with issues such as evictions, lockouts, security deposit returns, and housing conditions.

Our innovative roommate matching service provides affordable housing and/or companionship. We’ve been matching people for a shared housing experience for 30 years -- connecting independent people that have houses, apartments, or condos, with people who need an affordable place to live. Adults of all ages can take part as long as one participant is 62 years of age or over or has a disability. Providers and seekers are thoroughly vetted, and we provide guidance on agreements.

We schedule one-on-one, remote appointments to help people determine eligibility for savings. Our advocates support you through applications for programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded government program that assists eligible low-income households with heating and cooling energy costs. We also partner with other nonprofits such as Together We Cope to advise on the Nicor Gas Sharing program.

Did you know qualified older adults can get help adding insulation in homes and replacing refrigerators, furnaces, air conditioners, and even shower heads and faucet parts for more energy-efficient models? Our experts work with nonprofits like CEDA (The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.) to receive meaningful help and reduce your energy costs. Seasonally, we share information about programs that offer free energy efficient products for the home – smart thermostat, window stripping, caulking and door sweeps to seal drafty areas, and LED bulbs and night lights.

Has paying your property tax bill become a hardship for you? We guide eligible homeowners on savings programs like the senior homeowner freeze, senior citizen exemption, and senior citizen tax deferral program. Many older adults who are living on a limited income and want to remain in their own home can benefit from these programs and our trained professionals have forms and all the information to assist you with the application process.

CARE


IN-HOME SERVICES

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

RESPITE

BENEFITS ASSISTANCE

CHOICES FOR CARE

OPTIONS COUNSELING

Need assistance with personal care? Meal preparation? Light housekeeping? Laundry or grocery shopping? Call us to discuss eligibility for these in-home services which is based on assets and/or income. If you qualify, we can arrange services from non-medical care providers that assist managing daily household activities. In addition, we assess your need for other services such as home-delivered meals, emergency home response systems, automatic medication dispensers, and adult day services.

Are you caring for an older relative, spouse, friend, or neighbor? Are you an older adult who is the primary caregiver for a grandchild or other family member under 18? Has someone in your family been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder? Our Caregiver Resource Center provides education and assistance – we host monthly support groups, convene experts for engaging events, provide Respite services, and consult about financial assistance, legal issues, self-care, and, in some cases, emergency funding.

Caregiving can take its toll and it’s important you give yourself a break. Pathlights’ Respite provides a much-needed breather for informal caregivers, while offering temporary care for an older adult. Respite is available seven days a week and can be used for as little as three hours, an entire day, or possibly even several days when you care for an older adult who requires 24-hour care and cannot be left alone. Trained homemakers provide supervision, companionship, light meal preparation, and some personal care. No medical care or medications can be given.

We can help you learn about, evaluate, and apply for benefits you may qualify for as an older adult. Many -- but not all -- of our programs are income and asset based which means there is criteria for eligibility and limits on benefits and our experts are savvy about all the details you need to know. We counsel on medical coverage such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B and Extra Help programs, prescription drug plans, SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Plan), food assistance, energy assistance, property tax savings, transportation discounts and cell phone savings.

“Choices for Care” is a program aimed at decreasing the chances of older adults being re-admitted to hospitals and helps ensure proper services are in place following discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation stay. Pathlights’ trained professionals conduct exit screenings and assessments at three local hospital systems and area nursing facilities to help patients understand their options for home and community-based services. Pathlights also participates in the H.O.P.E. (Home Options Path to Empowerment) program which empowers eligible individuals to move from nursing facilities to community-based living.

Options counseling is an independent decision-support process to guide clients, friends, and family as they explore future care choices. Our experienced staff will help you find the right path and develop an action plan depending on individual needs and preferences.

SAFETY


ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

As an advocate for older Americans, Pathlights’ experienced team partners with the Illinois Department on Aging to investigate potential victims of abuse, address concerns, and help eliminate and reduce the risk of abuse. Abuse takes many forms: physical, emotional, sexual, passive neglect, financial exploitation, confinement, willful deprivation, and self-neglect. We tap community experts in banking, law, mental health, and social work, or who belong to faith-based, medical, and housing organizations to discuss and resolve some of the most challenging cases of elder abuse and self-neglect. If you suspect an older adult or an adult with disabilities is a victim of elder abuse, please immediately make a report to us at 708.361.0219 or through the state hotline at 1.866.800.1409. Your identity will remain anonymous and your information confidential.

“This is the first time I’ve ever needed to ask for help in 93 years and I give Pathlights a ‘5 Star’ rating. They are one of the best organizations I have ever known, and I feel very lucky they are here to lean on during those moments you are under pressure and don’t know what to do. The people who work at Pathlights are so genuine in their desire to help. My caseworker calls me once a week to see what I need. She’s organized meals delivery and other services so I can stay in the home I’ve lived in for more than 60 years. She truly picks up my spirits on every call.”

Thomas R. Albrecht
Oak Lawn