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.
We help provide equal access to:
Adult Protective Services
Has an older person or adult with disabilities made unusual changes in spending patterns? Does he or she have unexplained injuries, bruises, cuts, or sores? Is your older neighbor living in unsanitary conditions or displaying poor hygiene or has a sudden change in behavior that is concerning?
Our experienced team partners with the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) to investigate abuse, address concerns, and help eliminate and reduce the risk of abuse. Abuse takes many forms: physical, sexual, emotional, confinement, passive neglect, self-neglect, abandonment, willful deprivation, and financial exploitation. We consult community experts in banking, law, mental health, and social work, or experts who belong to faith-based, medical and housing organizations to discuss and resolve some of the most challenging cases of abuse. If you suspect an older adult or adult with disabilities is a victim of abuse, immediately make a report by calling Pathlights or the state hotline at 1.866.800.1409. Your identity will remain anonymous.
ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) Home Project
Can you move around safely in your home? Is it easy to get to the phone? Do wobbly steps prevent you from getting outside as often as you’d like? Can you safely shower?
We assist eligible older adults needing minor housing modifications or accessibility improvements and devices that create a safe and stable housing environment so they can age in place and remain in the community.
Benefits & Advocacy
Are you aware of the benefits available to older adults and adults with disabilities?
These programs include, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), energy assistance programs, property tax savings, license plate sticker & transit discounts and cell phone/internet savings. Our experts help you learn about, evaluate, assess eligibility and apply for these cost-saving programs. In addition, we provide Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counseling on health insurance related matters such as Medicare Supplements, Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Extra Help programs and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans and coverage.
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 hosts monthly support groups, convenes experts for engaging events, provides Respite services, counsels on financial assistance, legal issues, and self-care, and in some cases, provides emergency funding. If you are caring for an older adult and are looking for support, click here to take the TCare Caregiver Screener.
Choices for Care Program
Are you getting ready to leave the hospital or rehab?
This program is 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. Our trained professionals conduct exit screenings and assessments within three local hospital systems and area nursing facilities to help patients understand their options for home and community-based services.
Are you unable to shop for groceries or prepare your meals?Does injury or illness prevent you from making your meals right now?
Nutritious meals are delivered to the home for people who are either temporarily or permanently unable to manage meal preparation and access food. We also offer meal options for people who require special diets such as vegetarian, renal-friendly, pureed, gluten-free and other medically necessary special dietary meals. This service doubles as a well-being check – necessary for individuals who experience social isolation.
HomeMeds℠ Medication Safety Program
Do you take multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors and/or over-the-counter medications/supplements? ?
A lengthy list of pharmaceuticals prescribed by one or multiple doctors may result in side-effects that lead to falls and recurring hospitalizations. A pharmacist will review your medications and provide a report of the findings so that you can follow-up with your doctor(s) about any concerns. You don’t have to be a client or be receiving services from Pathlights to participate in this program and patients can have their medications reviewed by a pharmacist as often as they like.
H.O.P.E. (Home Options Path to Empowerment) Program
Do you feel ready to move from a nursing facility back into the community?
We work with qualifying individuals who are current residents of a nursing facility for 60+ days, as well as family members, and facility staff, to determine if the resident can move back into the community and live independently. Our team evaluates readiness, discusses options, and coordinates services and support.
Information & Assistance
What kind of support is available in the community?
Specialists provide guidance and referrals to aging resources and connections such as legal, housing, health & finance, transportation and other services and supports.
Do you need assistance with personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry or grocery shopping?
Call us to discuss eligibility for services based on your assets and/or income. If you qualify, we 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.
Do you need guidance to create your best care plan?
This independent decision-support process guides clients, friends, and family as they explore future care choices. Our staff helps you find your best path and develop an action plan based on individual needs and preferences.
Do you have an extra room in your home? Are you looking for affordable housing?
Our roommate matching connects independent people who have houses, apartments, or condos with independent people needing an affordable place to live. One of the participants must be 62+ years of age or have a disability. Providers and seekers are thoroughly vetted, and we provide guidance on agreements.
I feel very lucky they are here to lean on. My caseworker has organized meals delivery and other services so I can stay in the home I’ve lived in for more than 60 years.”
— Carol, Pathlights' Client
Funding for Pathlights’ programs provided in whole or in part by AgeOptions and federal and state government agencies, made possible through the Older Americans Act. Additional funding for services is provided by State of Illinois, Cook County, local municipalities, United Way of Metro Chicago, and other community partners and interested parties. Pathlights does not discriminate in admission to programs or treatment of employment in compliance with appropriate state and federal statutes. If you feel you have been discriminated against, call 708-361-0219.