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Senior Services

There are many services and programs available to Darien Senior Citizens. The following are some services available thru the City of Darien, Downers Grove Township, DuPage County, and the State of Illinois:

Senior Communities

Click here for a listing of Senior Communities in the area.

Darien Police Department Senior Service Officers

Darien’s Elderly Services Program began in 2012.  We have two well trained ESOs helping to serve the needs of our senior population.  If you or someone you know believes they can benefit from the Elderly Services Program please contact the Darien Police Department.  The ESOs are Officer Lauren Renner, and Officer Carol Camacho.  They can be contacted at 630-971-3999 or via direct line and e-mail at: LRenner@darienil.gov (630-353-8303), or  CCamacho@darien.il.gov (630-353-8322)

Dial-A-Ride

Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb paratransit service for senior citizens and disabled persons provided by the Township of Downers Grove through a contract with PACE. Rides can be scheduled to any location within the Township, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. The fare is $5. Registration is necessary before starting to use the service. To get more information call 630-719-6685.

Home Maintenance

Du Page Senior Citizen Council Home Maintenance Program is available for senior citizens in Du Page County. This program provides affordable repair services so seniors can maintain the safety and value of their homes. For more information please call: 630-620-0804.

Meals on Wheels

DuPage County Meals on Wheels at 630-620-0804 for home delivered hot/cold meals for seniors in need.

Para-Transit

Para-Transit is a DuPage County program that provides rides to Doctor, Social Security Office or Public Aid office appointments. Nominal fees each way. Must call first for appointment time 630-682-7000 ask for Para-Transit Services.

Subsidized Taxi Service

City of Darien Pilot II Subsidized Taxi Service; providing transportation needs using coupons that reduce the cost of taxi fares. This program serves Darien residents who are senior citizens (65+) and persons with disabilities (must be documented). Participants must first register at the Darien City Hall by completing a program registration form and having picture taken for identification card issued within 2-4 weeks. Ride coupons have face value of $5.00 each and cost $2.50 each (City of Darien subsidizes ½ of the cost). Please contact -Darien City Hall for further details and information at 630-852-5000.

Real Estate Tax Relief

Darien senior citizens should contact the Downers Grove Township Assessor’s Office to see if they qualify for any real estate tax relief through several programs.

  • Senior Homestead Exemption - Senior Citizens may be eligible for a $3,000 reduction from the equalized assessed valuation.
  • Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption - Senior Citizens may be eligible for protection against real estate tax increases.
  • Real Estate Tax Deferral - Senior Citizens may be eligible to defer payment of real estate taxes and any special assessments.

Minimally, these programs require that you be 65 years of age, meet income guidelines, own and occupy your home, and are liable for the payment of your real estate taxes. Call the Downers Grove Township Office to see if you qualify and for an application 630-968-2100.

State of Illinois Benefit Access – Senior Citizen Discount

Benefit Access Program Benefits

  • Seniors Ride Free Transit Benefit
  • Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
  • Secretary of State License Plate Discount To be determined eligible for these benefits, you must submit a Benefit Access Application on the Internet. Paper applications are not available. Please note that current processing times to determine eligibility of your Benefits Access Application is approximately 12 weeks. 

 
Once your application is approved you may print a certificate of eligibility to take to your local transit authority or Secretary of State's Office. Please wait 10 business days from the date of your approval for your license plate discount to be available. If you requested the ride free benefit, please contact your local public transit system for further information. Your local transit system may have additional requirements in order to obtain the free ride. You can check the Website at anytime to determine your application status at https://www.illinois.gov/aging/BenefitsAccess/Pages/default.aspx
 
Call the Secretary of State's Office at 800-252-8980 for more information.