Senior AdvocateWith the funding from the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation, Shields Township and the YWCA of Lake Forest, Dickinson Hall has a full-time Senior Advocate. Jennifer Raines, is an employee of Family Services of Lake County, and her office is located at Dickinson Hall. She offers information, referral and assistance to older adults and their families throughout the community. Assistance is offered over the phone, in-person at Dickinson Hall or at community member’s homes, depending on the need. This is a free and confidential service.
Support for Family Caregivers
Identifying Local Resources
Financial Assistance Programs
Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze Assistance
Benefit Access Program
Medical Equipment Lending Closet
For other outside services, please refer to our Resource Guide
Faith in ActionIn addition to our Senior Advocate we have a close partnership with Faith in Action. Faith in Action is a non-profit organization which recruits, trains and supervises caring volunteers who provide transportation, grocery shopping, social support, and caregiver respite. These volunteers often form a quality relationship with those they assist. Their partnership with Dickinson Hall increases the depth of services offered to community members in need. To access their services, learn more, or explore volunteer opportunities for this much-needed organization, contact Jennifer or call Faith in Action directly call 847-721-8414 or visit their website at www.fiahelp.org.
Dickinson Hall’s Transportation Program has a car and a bus available for the transportation needs of eligible residents. Our friendly and professional drivers are available weekdays (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday) from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm for local area appointments, errands, and visits to Dickinson Hall. Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis. Rides are $3 each way, with a reduced fare of $2 each way for those who qualify for the Benefits Access Program. Tipping is not permitted. Reservations can be made by calling 847-234-2209.
PACE has expanded its Dial-A-Ride program, which serves older (60+) and disabled individuals living in Lake Bluff, Knollwood and all of Lake Forest. Destinations include all parts of Shields Township and Lake Forest, plus other selected locations. The bus service operates Monday - Friday,
6:00 am - 6:00 pm, and costs $3 one way. Call Shields Township Offices at 847-234-0802 for more information.
(Note: Registration must be completed one week prior to use of the program.)
Several local taxi companies offer a $3 off ride coupon for seniors (65+) for transportation within the Lake Forest High School District 115 only. You may request 16 coupons in a 30-day period. For more details and to register for this program, please contact 847-810-4678.