Older Adult Services
Due to COVID-19, KYC’s in person services and groups for older adults have been suspended. To connect with the Older Adults Team, call (847) 524‑8800 ext. 189.
Kenneth Young Center provides comprehensive in-home assessments and services to older adults in Elk Grove and Schaumburg townships. We also provide information, assistance, and referrals to adults with disabilities.
We help older adults and caregivers determine their specific needs and the services available to meet them. Our goal is to connect older adults to services that allow them to continue to live as independently as possible.
Support Groups and Educational Programs
Kenneth Young Center’s Older Adult Services Department is committed to providing ample resources to help older adults, caretakers, families, and loved ones through difficult and confusing transitions.
Our Caregiver Resource Center provides information, education, and resources to the family caregivers. A family caregiver encounters a variety of issues including health conditions, changes in behavior, and relationship issues, in addition to the caregiver’s emotional response to these challenges. The caregiver program offers a wide array of services and resources to empower the caregiver in coping with their specific situation.
Educational programs help families understand and learn coping skills to manage conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and more.
The process starts with a caregiver assessment and includes individual counselling, educational programs, and a caregiver support group. A plan of care indicates the needs of the family and encourages planning for the future. The Caregiver Specialist supports the family every step of the way as the situation changes and offers ways to promote self-care.
To learn more about this program, please call 847.524.8800 x168.
Please see our list of currently available programs:
Relatives Raising Children Support Group
Senior relatives raising children have a unique need for support. In this group, grandparents or family members give and get support from others with similar experiences, share ideas and experiences about raising children, and get information about resources available to them.
This support group meets the first Monday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kenneth Young Center’s Elk Grove Village office.
View more information about our Relatives Raising Children.
If you are planning on attending this group, please call 847.524.8800 x168.
Caregiver Support Group
Caring for a family member who needs assistance due to changes in their health or other life-changing events can be overwhelming for the families. Coping with relationship issues and conditions like memory impairment may become especially challenging for the families. In this caregiver support group, you will meet other caregivers, exchange ideas, learn about available resources, receive support, and feel empowered.
This support group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kenneth Young Center’s Elk Grove Village office.
View more information about our Caregiver Support Group.
For more information or to register, please call 847−524−8800 x168.
Other educational programs are also scheduled in the community regularly. These include: Coping with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Understanding the Language of Dementia, Living Well in 21st Century, Home Safety, and more. To plan a seminar at your organization, or to learn any other information about the Caregiver program, please contact 847−524−8800 x168.
Information / Assistance
Seniors or caregivers call for help, and we provide information and connections to community services. If an in-home assessment is needed, our intake process is initiated.
A care coordinator visits the home of the senior to conduct a comprehensive assessment of needs.
With the input of the senior a care plan is developed. The case manager continues to monitor as needs change. Care coordinators coordinate community based services.
For seniors who meet income and disability guidelines, case managers can engage the Illinois Department on Aging Community Care Program (CCP), which includes homemaker services for personal care, shopping, meal preparation and household assistance. These intensive in-home services are meant to prevent premature nursing home placement. CCP also provides adult care, which offers a safe, structured rehabilitative environment and provides caregiver respite.
Advocacy and Support
Assistance in providing eligibility screening and applications for public care benefits.
When frail elders and their families are considering nursing home placement, KYC staff screens applicants for eligibility and assesses for community based services, nursing home placement, or other long term options. KYC staff also completes screens in area hospitals.
Please click here to view our Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities brochure
Additional Senior Services
Home Delivered Meals
Hot noontime meals are delivered Monday through Friday to those who are unable to manage preparing their own and are homebound.
Assistance with check writing, account balancing, budgeting and other financial tasks
Elder Abuse Response
Response, assessment, intervention following reports of elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation
Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP)
Provides assistance with applying for Illinois Cares Rx, Medicare D, and Medicare Savings Programs
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Offers free health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers
Education on resources and skills for the care of an elderly family member or friend. Tips for self-care and respite, peer support in support groups, individual and family counseling.
Funding (in whole/part) for Home Delivered Meals, SHAP, SHIP, Caregiver Support, Advocacy and Outreach, and Information and Assistance programs are provided through an award/contract from AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County, under Title III of the Older Americans Act as administered through the Illinois Department on Aging and Federal Administration on Aging.