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Senior Services

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.

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
nskweres@darienil.gov or call 630-353-8337.

Dial-A-Ride

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.

Guardian Program

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. 

Home Maintenance

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. 

 

Subsidized Housing

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.