Community Care Program

"...helping older adults live independently"

Established in 1979 by Public Act 81-202, the Illinois Department on Aging’s Community Care Program helps senior citizens, who might otherwise need nursing home care, to remain in their own homes by providing in-home and community-based services.

...aimed at assisting seniors to maintain their independence and providing cost effective alternatives to nursing home placement.

The Community Care Program provides services to any person who applies for the program and meets all current eligibility requirements.  The Community Care Program is one of the 1915(c) waivers for home and community-based services under the Medicaid Program.  For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).

Who is eligible?

People who...

  • Are 60 years old or older;
  • Are U.S. citizens or legal aliens;
  • Are residents of Illinois;
  • Have non-exempt assets of $17,500 or less (Your home, car, or personal furnishings are classified as exempt assets.); and
  • Have an assessed need for long term care (to be at risk for nursing facility placement as measured by the Determination of Need (DON) assessment).


Adult Day Service
Adult Day Service is designed especially for older adults who want to remain in the community but who cannot be home alone during the day due to a physical, social and/or mental impairment. Adult day service also provides respite for family caregivers, especially those who are employed outside the home, and socialization for isolated older adults. Services offered in adult day service centers include health, medication supervision, personal care and recreational/therapeutic activities. Nutritious lunches and snacks are served, and special diets are provided.

NOTE: Non-participating Adult Day Service Centers under the Community Care Programs may apply for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at any time during the year.  All participating agencies must reapply annually.  Visit the CACFP page for more information.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Automated Medication Dispenser Service

Automated Medication Dispenser Service (AMD) is a portable, mechanical system that can be programmed to dispense or alert the participant to take non-liquid oral medications in the participant's residence or other temporary residence in Illinois through auditory, visual or voice reminders; to provide tracking and caregiver notification of a missed medication dose; and to provide 24-hour technical assistance to the participant and responsible party for the AMD service in the home. The service may provide additional medication, specific directions or prompts to take other medications via other routes such as liquid medications or injections based on individual need.

The service is provided by a stand-alone medication dispenser base unit that is connected to and supported by a Department-approved AMD provider through either the telephone line or a wireless/cellular connection that does not interfere with the normal use of the telephone or emergency home response system.

Emergency Home Response Service
Emergency Home Response Service (EHRS) is a 24-hour emergency communication link to assistance outside the home for older adults with documented health and safety needs and mobility limitations. This service is provided by a two-way voice communication system consisting of a base unit and an activation device worn by the client that will automatically link the older adult to a professionally staffed support center.   

In-Home Service
In-Home Service provides assistance with household tasks such as cleaning, planning and preparing meals, doing laundry, shopping and running errands. Homemakers also assist clients with personal care tasks, such as dressing, bathing, grooming and following special diets.

Find Assistance in Your Area

These services and resources are coordinated on a community level by local organizations and programs that are part of our aging network. You can locate programs and services by county using our Service Locator.


For more information on the Community Care Program, contact the Senior HelpLine at
1-800-252-8966; 1-800-206-1327 (TTY).