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 and DuPage County and the State of Illinois.
DuPage County Senior Services
For DuPage County Senior Services please call 630-407-6500.
Hearing Loss/Hearing Aids
The number one untreated health condition among lower income Seniors is hearing loss. Hearing aids are the treatment but they are very expensive. Illinois Medicaid pays for hearing aids but few people are aware it does. Other than ABHF, there are very few providers that will dispense Medicaid hearing aids. A very high percentage of Seniors in your community have untreated hearing loss and are even more vulnerable now because of Covid-19. ABHF can help.
The Covid-19 crisis presents a serious compounding problem. The requirement to wear masks makes it virtually impossible for Seniors with even a mild hearing loss to understand speech. With and without hearing aids, people are heavily dependent on subconscious lip reading to augment their hearing in order to understand speech. Masks prevent lip reading and distort and muffle sounds making it nearly impossible for people with a hearing loss to understand speech. Hearing aids become very necessary for people with even a mild hearing loss. ABHF can help.
The Americans for Better Hearing Foundation (ABHF) is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Charity that provides hearing healthcare for Medicaid eligible recipients. ABHF provides both hearing diagnostics and dispenses the hearing aids. Medicare and Medicaid cover the cost of the diagnostics and Medicaid will cover the cost of the hearing aids, the batteries, and any repairs for as long as the person is Medicaid eligible.
ABHF needs your assistance to let your Medicaid Seniors and their families know that ABHF can help them get hearing aids at no cost to them. We are asking you to use your extensive influence, your newsletters, and your “big voice” in your community to tell people about how ABHF can help them receive hearing health services and hearing aids. If the person is in a nursing home, we are most likely already providing hearing health services in the facility. The families need to ask the Administrator about ABHF. If the person is independent, have them or a family member call one of the ABHF Hearing Health Clinics for an appointment.
ABHF operates four (4) Medicaid Hearing Health Clinics for people to visit by appointment. ABHF also has mobile Audiology teams that visit over 150 nursing homes and supportive living centers in the greater Chicago area. ABHF is working with the Will County Dept of Health to locate one or more Hearing Health Clinics in Will County Health Facilities and are opening discussions with Cook County. The current ABHF Hearing Health Clinics are located at:
ABHF at Loretto Hospital
645 Central Avenue
6th Floor, Suite 6
Chicago, IL 60644
ABHF at Swedish Covenant Hospital
5140 N. California
Suite 550 Professional Bldg (Dr. Nissan’s Office)
Chicago, IL 60625
ABHF at PCIL Blue Island
12940 Western Ave
Blue Island, IL 60406
ABHF Burr Ridge
101 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
If you have any questions or want more information please contact Amy Jackson, Director of Clinical Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Uzuanis, Executive Director at email@example.com
Darien Police Department Elderly Services
Darien Police Department has Elder Services Officers specially trained to assist Darien senior citizens. For questions regarding Darien Police Department Elderly Services, contact Sgt. Nick Skweres at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-353-8337.
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.
Registration is necessary before starting to use the service. Rides can be scheduled to any location within the Township, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. The fare is $3.00. To get more information call 630-719-6670.
DuPage County Ride DuPage
Ride DuPage provides subsidized taxi and lift equipped bus transportation for income eligible DuPage County residents. Primarily used for visits to medical facilities and government offices within the county limits. To register, call 630-407-6500 or 1-800-942-9412.
File of Life Guardian Program
An emergency medical card listing vital information. All Township Fire and Law Enforcement personnel are trained to look for the File of Life on the refrigerator door. Card can be purchased for $1.00 at Downers Grove Township office located at 4340 Prince Street in Downers Grove.
Sheriff Mendrick encourages every senior citizen in DuPage County to register with the Guardian System, a free service designed to ensure the well-being of seniors as well as the physically and mentally disabled in the county.
Guardian is a computerized phone system that calls registered members on prearranged days and times to verify that they are okay. If the member does not respond to the telephone call by entering a four digit code on their telephone, an alarm sounds and a police dispatcher will attempt to reach the member via telephone.
If still unsuccessful, a previously designated neighbor or family member will be contacted. If the emergency contact cannot be reached, a deputy will be sent to the member’s home to make sure everything is okay.
Guardian is available to DuPage County residents who are over the age of 62 or physically or mentally disabled and live alone. To register for the Guardian Program you may call the sheriff’s office at 630-407-2400 to have an application mailed to you. Applications may also be picked up at the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, 501 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, or at any township office.
Du Page Senior Citizen Council Home Maintenance Program is available for senior citizens in DuPage County. This program provides affordable repair services so seniors can maintain the safety and value of their homes. For more information call: 630-620-0804 (Press 0).
Meals on Wheels
DuPage County Meals on Wheels at 630-620-0804 (Press 1) for home delivered hot/cold meals for seniors in need.
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.
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 Tax Assessor’s Office to see if you qualify and for an application 630-719-6630.
There are federally funded programs that help people with low incomes to afford safe and decent rental housing. Call 630-690-3555 to see if you are eligible for a rent subsidy.
State of Illinois Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker)
Call the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) at 800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1377 (TTY). Have your Social Security Number ready when you call.