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Social Services

The Patty Turner Center offers the services of a part-time social service coordinator who has expertise in the field of aging-related issues. Margie Fischer, MA, offers our community a variety of helpful services. Information is available on topics like in-home care, entitlement benefits, community resources, Medicare information, caregiver support and more. She is generally in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please feel welcome to stop in, call or leave a voice message. 847-940-4010. Service is free and confidential.

Transportation Options in the Community

Senior /Disabled Taxi Program Village of Deerfield

Residents of the Village who are 65+ or disabled can register to use the subsidized Taxi Program. Registration is done through Village Hall, 847-945-5000. Once registered, riders are issued a Village ID number and rider coupons. Riders can go anywhere at any time, just by calling one of the three cooperating taxi companies. The cost for a ride within village limits is just $1 plus a coupon; rides outside the village are $5 off the metered fare with the coupon. Additional coupons are available at the Village Hall and PTC.

 “Going Places” Program West Deerfield Township

Mobility-challenged residents of West Deerfield Township may use the “Going Places” van program. Applications are through the Township, 847-945-0614. Once approved, you’ll be able to schedule a medical destination ride up to 30 days in advance; non-medical rides up to 3 days in advance. Requests are granted based on availability.  Rides include Highland Park Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, and the VA Hospital. Cost is $5 roundtrip and $2 for all Veterans.

Metra, Pace, CTA

All riders over 65 can get a reduced rate card through the RTA. Applications are available online or at the PTC.

ACES Caregiver Support

Many of us find ourselves in the role of “caregiver.” It may have crept up gradually or it may have happened suddenly. Come to ACES to meet with other people in our community who, like you, are caring for an older person. We are a group of adult children and spouses who gather for valuable information on relevant topics, leads on resources, and to share our concerns and tips with other caregivers. Whether you are a daughter doing grocery shopping for your mom who lives on her own, or husband struggling with your wife’s deteriorating health, you may find solutions and comfort here. Our professionally led support group can help you deal with the stress, sadness and decisions you face. Studies show that caregivers who participate in a support group reduce stress, enjoy improved health, provide better care and make better decisions. All family caregivers are welcome. Please join us! Meetings are on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 1PM -2:30. FREE.

Do your care obligations keep you from attending ACES?

Problem solved! Through our treasured partnership with Faith in Action Volunteers, we offer two respite services. On-site supervision for your loved one is offered (by appointment) at the Patty Turner Center while you attend our ACES meeting. Care recipients must be comfortable being apart from their loved one and be able to use the restroom on their own. Also, a trained Faith In Action respite volunteer can come to your home, if needed, while you attend the meeting. Both respite services are always FREE and based on availability. Pre-screening is required. Please call Margie for details.

Caruso “GrandFriends” Fund

Did you know there is a small fund available to assist lower income older adults to pay a portion of their membership and program fees at the Patty Turner Center? It is supported by the fundraising efforts of the students at Caruso Middle School. Our social services office can provide eligibility and program information. Participation is strictly confidential.

Your Medicare Answers

The Patty Turner Center is one of just eight SHIP sites in Lake County, and one of a handful that helps anyone, regardless of where they live. SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) is a free state-wide individual counseling service. Volunteer counselors have extensive training to answer your questions about Enrollment, Claims and Appeals, Prescription Drug Plans, Advantage Plans, Supplemental Insurance and Subsidies to offset the cost of Medicare. Appointments are required and are available by calling the Patty Turner Center. SHIP is a program of the Illinois Department on Aging.

 Blue Bag Program

What is a Blue Bag? The Blue Bag Program is a simple collaboration between the PTC and the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department to make sure critical information is available at the time of a medical emergency. A Blue Bag (a plastic sleeve) with copies of your identification, health information, emergency contacts, and advanced directives is placed in your home where emergency personnel know to look for it. The program’s goal is to ensure your wishes are honored and necessary information is available. Blue Bags, complete with forms, are available free of charge for local residents at the Patty Turner Center.

Community Support for Accessibility

West Deerfield Township has limited grants of up to $1000 that may be awarded to the disabled to improve their access to the world. Residents with physical impairments, evelopmental or cognitive disability or delays and some forms of mental illness should consider applying. The program is intended for those with the greatest financial need, but there is no stated income limit. Information and applications
are available at the West Deerfield Township office (847-945-0614) and the Patty Turner Center.
If you have any questions about thes eor other resources, call Margie at 847-940-4010.


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