State of Illinois Receives $1.7 Million in Connectivity Assistance to Keep Older Illinoisans Connected During COVID-19

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) received $1.7 million from the federal Administration for Community Living to provide services to older adults and persons with disabilities who are disproportionally affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The funding will be used for the purchase of technology devices; including iPads, Grandpads, tablets and internet / Wi-Fi / hotspot access to increase social engagement and connectedness, targeting those who live alone, who don’t normally receive in-home services and who live in rural areas. The devices will have applications like FaceTime, Zoom, mental stimulation, telehealth and others so individuals can connect with family members, friends, and providers. IDoA, the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP), and IDHS’ Division of Developmental Disabilities and Division of Rehabilitation Services will work in tandem to identify clients, customers, and participants who may be at risk of social isolation and would benefit from these devices during these unprecedented times. IDoA has published resources to help connect older and disabled Illinoisans with family and loved ones to prevent distress and feelings of social isolation. Those resources can be found on the IDoA website here. IDoA, its 13 Area Agencies on Aging, and 46 Care Coordination Units are working around the clock to ensure that services provided by the agency are not interrupted during COVID-19. If you or an older family member, friend, or neighbor need assistance, please visit www.illinois.gov/aging or contact the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (hearing impaired call 888-206-1327) or by email aging.ilsenior@illinois.gov.

 

 

 

 

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