Older Adult Programs

We understand that older people are more vulnerable to mental illness, which is why we are especially sensitive to the mental health needs of the elderly. We offer psychiatric assessments for people age 60 and older. We also offer training and support services to family caregivers.

  • Information & Assistance – I & A Specialist can direct clients to a variety of services based on client needs and concerns.  The Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) program also  offers information and help filling out applications for programs.   Funded in part through Midland Area Agency on Aging.  There is no fee, but donations are suggested.
  • Senior Health Insurance Program – Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Insurance.  SHIP counselors at Heartland Human Services can answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage Plans, Prescription Drug Coverage, Long-term Care Insurance, Medicare Claims and Appeals, and Medicare Beneficiary Rights and Guarantees.  Insurance counseling is also available to people on Medicare due to a disability. This program is funded in part through Midland Area Agency on Aging. There is no fee, but donations are suggested.
  • Grandparents / Relatives Raising Children – Education, Support Groups and Respite available to those people raising a child that they didn’t intend to raise.  All services available to those age 55 and older.   Grant funded through the Illinois Department on Aging and Midland Area Agency on Aging. There is no fee, but donations are suggested.
  • Heartland Harmony – An adult day program for those people who experience memory problems.  Heartland Harmony meets on Tuesdays and is meant to provide engaging activities to its participants while the caregiver gets a well-deserved break.  Heartland Harmony is funded in part from a grant through the Brookdale Foundation.
  • Family Caregiver Program assits caregivers who have taken on the task of providing full- or part-time care to an older adult aged 60 and older. The program provides services relevant to the caregiver's individual needs, allowing him or her to provide quality care. This program is funded in part through Midland Area Agency on Aging. There is no fee, but donations are suggested.
  • Caregiver Resource Center has books and videos available to loan.
    Educational Books at Heartland
    Educational Videos at Heartland
  • Memory Assessments are available as an extension of SIU School of Medicine’s Memory and Aging Clinic, Regional Alzheimer Assistance Center for the Illinois Department of Health. Comprehensive initial assessments are followed up with resources and support.
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