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Serving as a county-wide Community Focal Point for seniors, the Rock Island County Senior Center offers a variety of services for persons aged 60 and over. These services are funded primarily by the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging (WIAAA) and are designed to help seniors live independently in their own homes.
The Rock Island County Senior Center (RICSC) is a part of Project NOW, a Community Action Agency. RICSC is a community focal point where older persons, as individuals or in groups, can come together for services and activities which enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the community. RICSC serves as a source of public information, community education, advocacy, and provides oppertunities for community involvement of older people.
RICSC seeks cooperative arrangements with community agencies and organizations in order to serve the needs and interests of older residents of Rock Island County, and on a limited basis in Mercer County. All center services are are rendered on a suggested donation basis, and no person is denied service for inability or unwillingness to donate.
Congregate & Home Delivered Meals
the RICSC serves as one of 12 Congregate Meal Sites, 10 in Rock Island County and 2 in Mercer County. Main meal sites operate 5 days a week and outlying sites operate 2-3 dyas a week. Each Congregate Meal Site serves a hot noon meal that is prepared with the expertise of an Illinois licensed dietitian nutritionist.
For qualified homebound older people or individuals who qualify based on a disabilitity, meals are delivered to their place of residence.
Information and Assistance
An Information and Assistance Specialist is avaliable to provide information to seniors about community services and resources. The specialist assists individuals by assessing their needs and addressing concerns that can be met by local agencies and organizations.
Outreach workers reach out into the community to identify isolated older people, and if possible, to involve them as RICSC participants. Isolated and homebound individuals are the most in need of services and the least likely to seek them.
Poersons over 60 and qualified disabled persons are able to transportation for medical and therapeutic appointments, social services appointments, grocery shopping, and Congregate Meals.
The RICSC makes avaliable a registered nurse that travels to Congregate Meal Sites to provide basic health screening, nutritional education, and further referrals for diagnostic and/or follow up purposes.
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