Local Resources

Local Resources: Lake County, Illinois

The non-profit & low-profit resources listed below are available to Lake County residents and their families. In most cases, services are free or offered at reduced fees.

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Abuse & Neglect: Abuse or neglect is an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to another person. Criminal abuse or neglect is a felony.
Adult Day Programming: Out-of-home care for people with physical limitations or limited cognitive functioning. Typical services: supervision, recreation, and social activities; some programs also provide medical care.
Aging and Disability: Aging and Disability Service organizations provide information on a broad range of programs and services. They help people understand available care options, apply for programs and benefits, and/or serve as access points for long-term care.
Caregiver Support (including Support Groups): Support for family members, friends, and neighbors who provide care to a person with cognitive and/or physical challenges. May include education/training, support groups, information & referral, respite financial support, counseling, legal services, and/or gap-filling (limited funding for emergencies and caregiving supplies and services).

Disability Housing: Support that can help to make housing more affordable, modify an existing home for disabilities, or help develop skills to live independently.
Disability Support: Support for a person with mental illness, brain injury, intellectual or other developmental disability, or physical disability.
Equipment (Borrow & Donate): Many townships have “lending closets” that allow you to check out supportive equipment on a temporary basis. Some also accept donations. Contact your local community or township center to find out what’s available.

Fall Prevention: We all fall, but as we age, our falls are likely to be more serious. More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. Fall Prevention programs can improve your chances of avoiding a fall.

Food Programs: Nutritional resources at free or reduced costs. Contact these agencies to learn more.

Home Care Services & Home Health Care: Home Care Services agencies provide personal non-medical services such as cleaning, cooking, bathing, grooming, and toileting. These services are NOT covered by traditional Medicare though they may be covered by Medicare Advantage and/or state programs. Home Health Care agencies provide skilled nursing, therapy, medical supplies, and medical social services to your home. Medicare generally covers home health services when they are ordered by a physician.

Home Modification & Repair: Sometimes large changes and/or repairs are necessary. Even small changes to a home can make it safer and more user-friendly. Contact these agencies to learn more.

Hospice & Palliative Care: Hospice provides comfort care to patients whose treatment is not working or when side effects outweigh the benefits. Palliative care provides comfort to people who are being treated and to people on hospice.

Legal Assistance: Lake County and Illinois State Bar Association attorney finders plus free and/or lost-cost assistance for people with low incomes, disabilities, and/or age 60+.

Long Term Care: Services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs so that they can live as independently and safely as possible when they cannot perform day-to-day activities on their own (for ages 22+).

Memory Care: Memory Care refers to specialized care for people with memory issues such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Providing organizations may also offer education, information, and referral to family members, friends, and organizations that interact with this special population.

Mental Health/Behavioral: Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment designed to lessen mental or emotional symptoms and disorders.

Respite: Short period of rest or relief from a challenging situation.

Senior Housing: Housing designed to meet the needs of an aging population especially safety and accessibility. Options range from independent living to 24-hour care.

Senior Services: Supports for older adults such as transportation, nutrition, personal care, and medication management.

Transportation: Services designed to assist a person to travel from one place to another to obtain services or carry out life’s activities.

Utilities Assistance & Information: Programs that to help low-income individuals and families pay energy bills and reduce energy costs.

Veteran Support: Veteran Services assist veterans and their families with challenges related to role, relationship, housing, education, and career transitions.