The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, with roots that extend back over 45 years, is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization governed by a community board of directors. Main funding sources are the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Danville, and private contributions.
In 1971, through the direction of the United Way, the various services for senior citizens in Danville, IL, were consolidated under the CRIS Healthy-Aging Center leadership and board. Since that time, the organization has provided excellent comprehensive assistance, care, and outreach.
The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center’s mission is to provide services and activities to persons age 60 and over that assist the individual to remain healthy and active, thus avoiding early or unnecessary long-term placement and maintaining their quality of life well into the advanced years.
CRIS Healthy-Aging Center provides nine (9) services to help seniors accomplish their goals.
(1) Adult Protective Services. The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center Adult Protective Services Investigation Program serves Vermilion County residents who are at least 60 years of age and persons with disabilities age 18–59 who are alleged victims of abuse. When a report of suspected abuse is received, the allegations are carefully investigated. The alleged victim’s needs are assessed—in particular, the need for immediate intervention to protect the person from further and/or ongoing abuse. The program is victim-focused, and all activities are guided by a competent well-trained investigator. This program is provided at no cost to the participant.
(2) Bridge Care Transition Program. CRIS Healthy-Aging Center has partnered with local hospitals in Champaign County and Vermilion County to assist qualified individuals in the transition from hospital to home. This program is provided at no cost to the participant.
(3) Care Coordination Unit. The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center/East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging (ECIAAA) Care Coordination Unit provides comprehensive, long-term, care coordination for anyone 60 years or older who is in need of assistance in maintaining independent living. This program is provided at no cost to the participant.
(4) Caregiver Advisory Services. The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center’s Caregiver Advisory Services provide supportive service to caregivers as well as grandparents raising grandchildren to promote healthier aging.
(5) Coordinated Point of Entry. This service provides options counseling, information, agency referrals and services to those over 60 and limited services to those under 60.
(6) Money Management. The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center’s Money Management Program uses trained volunteers to work with seniors on budgeting, sorting through mail, checkbook balancing, and bill paying. This program assists seniors 60 years of age and older who need assistance due to physical or mental disability, unpaid bills, inability to read or write, loss of home due to foreclosure, or threats of utility shut-off.
(7) Senior Activity Center. The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville, IL, is the headquarters for CRIS and a host of activities and services for senior citizens in Vermilion County. Many seniors in the area drop in daily to play cards, watch TV, gather with friends, or just relax in a homelike comfortable area. Scheduled activities include bungo, euchre groups, dances, exercise classes, and parties.
(8) Senior Nutrition Program. Good nutrition plays an increasingly important role in how well you age. To help seniors live healthier, the CRIS Healthy-Aging Center offers nutrition services for those 60 years and older from several different venues and locations throughout Vermilion County.
(9) Violent Crime Victim Assistance. The CRIS Healthy-Aging Center’s Violent Crime Victim Assistance program is funded by the Illinois Attorney General and assists victims of violent crimes committed by strangers and may impact the safety, mental, and physical well-being. The Victim Assistance Caseworker identifies and assists victims of violent crime including battery, arson, assault, attempted murder, domestic violence, and home invasion. The goals are to assist the victim in remaining and feeling safe so as not to disrupt their normal life and living arrangement.