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Social Services

Our part-time staff member, Margie Fischer, M.A., offers a variety of helpful information for older adults and their families. Get information and referral on topics including in-home services, community resources, help with applying for benefits, Medicare information, caregiver support, and more. Margie is generally in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

This summer marks Margie’s 5th anniversary at PTC.  If you haven’t met her yet, isn’t it about time? Stop in or email Margie at You may also call or leave a voicemail at: 847-940-4010. Service is friendly, free, and confidential. 

License Plate Discount & Senior Rides Free Card

Receiving these two benefits begin with filing ONE application:  Illinois’ Benefit Access Application. Are you eligible?  One must be 65 or older--or over 16 and totally disabled; AND have an annual income from all sources under $27,610 for singles or $36,635 for couples.  The application is good for two years.  ALL applications must be submitted online. NO paper forms exist. You can do it yourself at: or, you can make an appointment with Margie and she will do it for you! Just call for an appointment and to learn what documents are needed.

Blue Bag Program Keeps Documents Handy

Be prepared! This handy all-in-one blue packet contains information ready to grab in case of a medical emergency. It includes forms regarding for health info, emergency contacts, advanced directives and more. It comes with instructions to be placed where our local emergency personnel know to look for it. This is a collaborative effort between the PTC and the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department and is available at the PTC free of charge to local residents.

ACES: Adult Caregiver Education & Support

Join our wonderful group of family caregivers!  Studies show that caregivers reduce their stress, enjoy improved health, and provide better care when receiving support.  ACES is a group of spouses and adult children of older adults who gather for valuable information on relevant topics, leads on resources, and to share concerns and tips with other caregivers.  You do not have to live with your care recipient to be in a caregiver role.  Whether you are seeking information on available resources and services, are feeling stress or sadness from caring for a loved one… ACES can help. Come meet others in our community who, like you, are caring for an older adult.  We meet from 1:00-2:30 on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the PTC library. FREE. If your care obligations keep you from attending ACES, we have solutions! Through our treasured partnership with Faith in Action Volunteers, we offer two respite options!  On-site supervision at PTC is available for your loved one while you attend our ACES meeting.  Care recipients must be comfortable being apart from their loved one, have appropriate behavior, and be able to use the restroom on their own. Pre-screening and reservations are required.   A trained Faith In Action respite volunteer can come to your home, if needed, while you attend the meeting.  This is based on availability and pre-screening is required.  Both respite options never have a fee.  Please call Margie Fischer at PTC 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?  The GrandFriends Fund was originated and is supported by the fundraising efforts of the students at Caruso Middle School. What a great bunch of kids!  Margie can provide eligibility and program information.  Participation is strictly confidential.

Honor Flight Chicago For WWII Vets

Our nation just commemorated the 70th Anniversary of D Day. What a perfect time to remind you of a wonderful opportunity:  Honor Flight Chicago! Join fellow Chicagoland WWII veterans for an unforgettable day of honor in Washington DC.  Round trip flight, meals, special tours, and a personal escort (including wheelchairs), are all at no cost to you!  To date, almost 4000 area veterans have participated.  Applications and info are at PTC, or by calling 773-227-8387, or visiting

Change in Application Process For “Going Places”

It’s now just one step to register for Going Places, West Deerfield Township’s appointment-based van and driver transportation service for mobility-challenged residents. The application no longer requires a doctor’s statement. Once approved to use the service, mobility-challenged WDT residents can schedule a medical destination ride up to 30 days in advance; non-medical up to 3 days in advance.  Requests are granted based on availability and include Highland Park Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, and VA Hospital. Cost is $5 roundtrip; $2 for veterans. Information and applications can be picked up at the Township (847-945-0614) or PTC.

Will You Help Us Add to Our Social Service Resource Files?

If you come across a product or service you think may be of interest to others, please share it with us.  Contact Margie in Social Services. I am always seeking to add to our extensive resource files. These might include… hairstylists who make house calls, reasonably priced driver/escorts,  a handyman to install grab bars, a medication dispensing device, emergency response systems, support groups, etc.  We’re also interested in your reviews of the products and services you use so we know which ones to pass along and which to avoid.  PTC’s version of Angie’s List is Margie’s List!

Increase Your Access to the World

West Deerfield Township has a program for residents with various disabilities aimed at improving their access to the community.  Grants of up to $1000 per household per year may be awarded to residents to help meet specific needs which often impede accessibility at home and in the community. Expenses which may qualify for this program include home remodeling/adaptation, mobility equipment, communication devices, etc.  Older adults are encouraged to apply.  The program is intended to assist WDT residents with the greatest financial need, but there is no stated income limit.   Interested older adults may call Margie to ask questions about the program. Applications are made to WDT and  kept strictly confidential.  Forms are available at the Township office, the Patty Turner Center or online at  Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.  The next deadline is September 30, 2014.  For more information call West Deerfield Township or Social Service at the Patty Turner Center.

Answers to your Medicare Questions

PTC is a host site for the Illinois Department on Aging’s SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program).  How convenient is that!?  SHIP is a national program that provides FREE counseling and information on

  •  Enrollment
  •  Prescription Drug Plans
  •  Supplemental Plans
  •  Subsidies to offset the cost of Medicare
  •  Claims and Appeals

Trained volunteers are available to answer your questions. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Front Desk or Margie in Social Services. Smart beneficiaries use SHIP because “The Best Choice is an Educated Choice!”


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