PSOP Programs

Back to Top Advocacy & Outreach

Advocacy

  • Assistance with government benefit programs
  • For information, contact Leona Luechtefeld at 618-234-4410, ext. 7045, or leona.luechtefeld@swic.edu

SHIP

  • SHIP - Illinois Division of Insurance volunteers assist individuals with Medicare, Medicare Part D, Illinois Cares and health insurance claims.
  • For information or an appointment, contact the PSOP Resource Center at 618-234-4410, ext. 7033.
 

Back to Top ATS Transportation Services

Alternative Transportation System

Curb-to-curb community service for individuals certified as American Disabilities Act (ADA) eligible and service for those age 60 and older in some areas. Find out more about ATS.

Back to Top Caregiver Counseling Program

  • Grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Individual counseling
  • Information
  • Community presentations available
  • Resource library

Caregiver counseling sessions are available to caregivers of senior citizen residents of St. Clair County. Caregivers must be over the age of 18 caring for a family member or friend over the age of 60. Sessions are available in the PSOP Wellness Center or in your home. Although donations to the program are accepted, the services are free of charge, sponsored by SWIC/PSOP, the St. Clair Co. Mental Health Board and the Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois. For more information, please contact:

Tanya Koelker, MA
Older Adult and Caregiver Counselor
618-234-4410, ext 7039
tanya.koelker@swic.edu

Back to Top Employment & Training Program

The Employment and Training Program for people aged 55 years or older is administered under Title V of the Older Americans Act. At PSOP, the AARP Foundation Representative is at 618-234-4410, ext. 7025.

Back to Top Foster Grandparent Program

  • Older adult volunteers who give one-on-one attention and assistance to special and/or exceptional needs children
  • Volunteer in nonprofit stations such as HeadStart and daycare centers, schools, juvenile detention and after-school programs
  • Provide emotional support to abused and/or neglected children
  • Mentor to troubled teenagers and young mothers
  • Provide care for premature infants and children with physical disabilities and severe illnesses
  • Tutor children who lag behind in reading or other teacher identified subject area

Foster Grandparent Volunteers Receive:

  • Ongoing training
  • Supplemental insurance while on duty
  • An annual physical
  • A meal during service
  • Reimbursement for transportation costs
  • A small nontaxable, nonreportable stipend
  • Joy of helping young people become productive members of society

If you are interested in serving as a Foster Grandparent, you must meet income eligibility guidelines, be at least 55 years old, be willing to commit to 20 hours per week and be in good health.

For more information on the Foster Grandparent Program, please call 618-234-4410, ext. 7062, or email quintella.matthews@swic.edu

Back to Top Health and Wellness

  • Physical assessments
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Health counseling
  • Exercise classes - Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon - 1 p.m. (free with annual membership)
  • Beginner Tai Chi - Mondays, 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.  ($5 per class)
  • Advanced Tai Chi - Tuesdays, 12:10 - 12:50 p.m. ($5 per class)
  • Flu shots
  • Alzheimer's support group - second Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m.
  • Parkinson's support group - second Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m.
  • Education programs
  • Workshops
  • Arthritis exercise
  • Fitness Room
  • Zumba Gold - Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. & Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ($2 per session)

For more information, contact Tracie Renschen at 618-234-4410, ext. 7030, or Tracie.Renschen@swic.edu

Back to Top Housing - Service Coordination Program

Serves senior and disabled citizens residing in public housing administered by St. Clair County Housing Authority

  • Individualized Needs Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Advocacy and Complaint Resolution
  • Linkage with SWIC/PSOP Programs
  • Referrals to Service Providers

For more information, call 618-257-0011.

Individualized Needs Assessment

Service Coordination Program conducts individual needs assessments on all senior citizens and disabled persons who live in public subsidized housing in St. Clair County. SCP staff ensure support services are provided to senior residents as needed. Some services offered are, but not limited to: Circuit Breaker, Utility Payment Assistance, Recreation, etc.

Intervention

SCP will investigate and intervene in housing matters which adversely affect seniors (e.g., denial of assistance, threat of eviction, poor quality or lack of service, discriminatory practices, intimidation or harassment, etc.).

Advocacy and Complaint Resolution

SCP provides advocacy related to the rights of older persons participating in and the quality and suitability of federally assisted housing programs. SCP staff disseminates information regarding available housing programs, eligibility requirements and application process. The Service Coordination Program also does counseling or assistance with matters that may affect or be influenced by housing problems.

Back to Top Information and Assistance

The Senior Citizens Resource Directory contains a wide variety of programs, agencies and organizations, which can provide services to older persons. The agencies are designed to address the health, education, training and employment needs of the older person. The St. Clair County Office on Aging produces this guide.

Back to Top Older Adult Counseling Program

  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Information and referral for community resources
  • Resource library
  • Community presentations available
  • Grief Support Series
  • Alzheimer's Caregiver's Support Group
  • Parkinson's Support Group

Counseling sessions are available to residents of St. Clair County age 60 and older to address issues related to mild depression and anxiety, lifestyle changes, family and caregiver issues, or grief. Sessions are available in the PSOP Wellness Center or in your home. The services are free of charge and sponsored by SWIC/PSOP and the St. Clair Co. Mental Health Board.

Please call 618-234-4410, ext. 7031, for specific information regarding dates, times and topics of the listed support groups.

For specific information regarding dates, times, and topics of the listed support groups contact:

Jodi Gardner, MSW, LCSW
Older Adult Counselor
618-234-4410, ext. 7031 
Jodi.Gardner@swic.edu

Back to Top Senior Companion Program

Senior Companions are older adult volunteers who help their peers live independently by assisting with necessary daily tasks in their homes by:

  • Reminding them when to take medications
  • Encouraging them to remain active
  • Providing contact with the outside world
  • Offering information about services in the community
  • Giving free time to primary caregivers  

These services are provided at no cost to the client. In return for their service, Senior Companion volunteers receive ongoing training; supplemental insurance; reimbursement for transportation costs; a small nontaxable, nonreportable stipend; and the joy of helping others live independently in their own homes.

Senior Companions must be 55 years of age or older, able to commit to 20 hours per week of volunteer service, have a fixed and/or limited income and enjoy helping others. They become part of a team of caregivers that can alert doctors and family members to new or potential health problems. But more importantly, they give a human, caring touch to a life that could otherwise be isolated from the outside world.

Senior Companions are available in Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties in Southern Illinois.

For more information on the Senior Companion Program, please call 618-234-4410, ext. 7036, or email carla.boswell@swic.edu

Back to Top SeniorLink Computer Training

SeniorLink is targeted toward people in their 50s and beyond with little or no exposure to computers. Because many seniors don't know the language or manual manipulation of the computer and its devices, it is hard for them to be successful in mainstream classes. We give them the practice and foundation they need to go on to real college classes and succeed.

  • Hands-on instruction in a peer-assisted environment
  • Small class sizes with no more than seven people
  • Taught by trained volunteers
  • Teaching manual was written for PSOP with 17 years of experience in teaching mature adults.
  • Classes include Introduction to Windows 7, Intermediate Windows, Word, Excel, Intro to the Internet, Social Media, Email, Digital Cameras & Cell Phones, PowerPoint, iPad, Maintenance and Print Shop.

Volunteers Are Needed

The SeniorLink Computer Club helps senior citizens and baby boomers learn computer skills at the computer labs in the Belleville PSOP Center and at the SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. Volunteer instructors are needed to assist with basic computer operating skills. To volunteer, you do not need to be licensed as a teacher. You need only to be familiar with the language of the computer, patient and sympathetic to the needs of the mature adult novice PC user and willing to donate two hours per week for a maximum of six weeks.

For more information, or to volunteer your time, please contact Julie Hughes at 618-234-4410, ext. 7018, or julie.hughes@swic.edu

Back to Top Volunteer Opportunities (RSVP)

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national program that recruits individuals 55 and older to help others through agencies, hospitals, libraries, hospices, entertainment groups and schools, just to name a few community sponsors.

By joining RSVP, volunteers strengthen the cumulative efforts of seniors throughout the country. Seniors united in service to their community enhance volunteerism and service as an example to others.

Benefits to the volunteers include excess automobile liability insurance, recognition of volunteer time, placement, monitoring and training when appropriate.

Call RSVP at 618-234-4410, ext. 7012

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