CRIS Healthy-Aging Center provides protective and money management services for seniors age 60+ and adults with disabilities age 18 and over.
ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES and ELDER ABUSE, NEGLECT and EXPLOITATION
Abuses of the nature defined by the Adult Protective Services program are a type of domestic violence that have a strong and lasting impact on the adults with disabilities and seniors of our community. This type of abuse affects a victim’s overall health and well being and can affect health concerns such as blood pressure, heart problems, and other medical problems.
The CRIS Adult Protective Services Program serves disabled adults and senior citizens in Vermilion County who are alleged victims of seven particular types of abuse. These abuses are physical, emotional, confinement, financial, deprivation, passive neglect, and sexual. Caseworkers receive reports of suspected abuse and then investigate the allegations. The caseworker assesses the alleged victim’s needs and particularly the need for immediate intervention to protect the person from further and/or ongoing abuse. The program is client-focused, and all activities are guided by a competent client’s wishes.
VIOLENT CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE
The CRIS Victim Assistance program is funded by the Illinois Attorney General and assists victims of violent crimes who are 55 years of age and older. These persons are victims of violent crimes committed by strangers and may impact the safety and mental and physical well-being of the victim if issues of victimization are not identified and addressed.
The Victim Assistance Caseworker identifies and assists victims of violent crimes including battery, arson, assault, attempted murder, domestic violence, and home invasion. The caseworker assists the victim with working through the court system, acquiring medical care, counseling to address trauma due to victimization, and other services as determined to be needed. The goal is to assist the victim in remaining and feeling safe so as not to disrupt their normal life and living arrangement.
The CRIS Money Management Program is a protective services program designed to assist seniors in remaining independent and relieving stresses associated with budgeting on a limited income. It also takes the budgeting and bill payment/money management responsibilities away from family and friends and helps eliminate the possibility of financial exploitation.
The CRIS Money Management Program utilizes well-trained volunteers to work with seniors on budgeting, sorting through mail, checkbook balancing, and actual bill paying. This program assists seniors 60 years of age and older who need assistance due to physical or mental disabilities, unpaid bills, inability to read or write, loss of home due to foreclosure, or threats of utility shut-off. The volunteer can go to the home of the senior each month and assist with the financial needs of the client.
For more information about Adult Protective Services, please call