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:
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 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.
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 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 Circuit Breaker – Senior Citizen Discount
The official name of the Circuit Breaker Program is the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act. Under the Act, the state refunds to eligible senior citizens and persons with disabilities some of the money they paid in property taxes, mobile home taxes or nursing home charges. The Act also helps pay for certain prescription medicines. Part of the Act states that the Secretary of State's office provides a discount for license plates purchase or renewal.
- Seniors must first fill out Form IL-1363, the Circuit Breaker and Pharmaceutical Assistance Claim form, from the Illinois Department on Aging.
- Eligible seniors usually receive a mailing from the Secretary of State's office notifying them that they are eligible for reduced license plate fees.
- Discount applies to one set of the following plates per household per year: standard passenger car, B-truck, persons with disabilities, recreational vehicles weighing up to 8,000 pounds, all military license.
- Visit www.illinois.gov/aging for forms and instructions.
To Receive Your Plate Discount:
The Secretary of State's office sends eligible seniors a notification after they are accepted into the Illinois Department on Aging's program. When you buy license plates or renew your license plate sticker, you must submit the notification to verify that you are qualified for the discount. If you have already renewed your license plate sticker and paid full price, and are now part of the Circuit Breaker program, you may be eligible for a refund. Call the Secretary of State's Office at 800-252-8980 for more information.