PATH serves as the Coordinated Point of Entry for the Senior Outreach Program in DeWitt, Livingston and McLean counties. The program is designed to locate and assist persons 60 years and older in receiving services they might need and qualify for, but are unaware of. This outreach effort helps older persons and their families become aware of programs and services that enable older persons to stay in their home, promoting their independence and dignity.
The Outreach Worker offers information and assistance in accessing programs such as:
- Medicare and/or Medicaid
- Prescription Assistance
- Benefits Access Application – BAA (formerly Circuit Breaker)
- Medicare Part D Assistance
- Personal Care & Housekeeping
- Home Delivered Meals
- Utility Assistance
- Homestead Tax Exemption
In McLean County, PATH’s Senior Outreach program offers Options Counseling. This is a person-centered, interactive, decision-support process whereby individuals receive assistance in their deliberations to make informed long-term support choices in the context of their own preferences, strengths, and values.
Essential components of Options Counseling include:
- A personal interview
- Assistance with the identification of choices available (including persona, public, and private resources)
- A facilitated decision-support process (weighing pros/cons of various options)
- Assisting as requested and directed by the individual in the development of an action plan
- Links to services (when services are requested)
PATH Senior Services does not charge fees for services. Funding is received through East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Under the Older American’s Act, each participant may choose to contribute to the cost involved with services through donations. No participant will be denied services if unable to contribute financially.