Part of the vision of Lake Forest Library is to "enable everyone in the community to fulfill the universal desire to learn, explore, and belong." Our series of Accessibility Resources pages lists local nonprofit organizations that provide resources and services to help you or someone you know succeed and feel welcome in Chicago's North Shore.
The list is not comprehensive and is provided for informational purposes. The Library does not endorse nor sponsor these organizations. Specific questions regarding these groups should be directed to the organization.
For information about the Library's Accessibility Collections, Homebound Services, and other supports, please visit our Accessibility page.
Providing cost-effective care and assistance that gives people the freedom to remain in their homes.
Offers in-care home services, skilled medical care in the home, skilled nursing, and hospice services.
Multiple locations in Illinois including:
2050 Claire Ct
Glenview IL 60025
505 N IL Route 21
Gurnee IL 60031
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
- Care Consultation
- Support Groups
- Early Stages Services
- Online Tools and Resources
- Fundraising Support
To offer our clients personalized non-medical in-home care services, assisting the elderly, disabled, and others needing assistance to maintain quality of life.
- Personal Assistance
- Meal Preparation
- Senior Transportation
- Light Housekeeping
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
- Respite Care
- Post-operative Care
- Hospice Care
BraveHearts brings hope, joy, and unlimited possibilities through the healing power of the horse.
Youth & Adult Services
Equine services provide emotional, cognitive, social and physical benefits for all including veterans. Veterans have reported benefits including increased self-esteem, self-worth, trust for others, and community integration and decreased depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder attacks, and self-inflicting thoughts.
- Therapeutic Riding
- Physical and Occupational Therapy for Adults and Children
- Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. Catholic Charities is guided by these core values: Respect, Compassion, Competence, and Stewardship.
The tenets of Catholic Social Teaching call us to serve everyone, regardless of their belief or background, and to employ anyone, not just Catholics, who commits to our mission.
- Adult Day Care Services
- Senior Case Management
- Hospital Transition Program
- Employment and Job Training
- Ongoing Senior Food and Nutrition Services
- Meals on Wheels/Home Delivered Meals
- Spanish Services
The mission of Dickinson Hall is to offer adults educational, social, and cultural opportunities as well as services fostering independence, involvement, and continued personal growth in a welcoming and dynamic environment.
Geared towards visitors 50 and older, newly retired, or new to the area, Dickinson Hall offers a variety of programs, classes, special interest groups, trips, and other events to foster community and offer seniors an opportunity to socialize as well as:
- Emotional Support
- Support for Family Caregivers
- Identifying Local Resources
- Financial Assistance Programs
- Medicare Assistance
- Senior Citizen's Assessment
- Freeze Assistance
- Benefit Access Program
- Scholarship Programs
- Notary Services
- Medical Equipment "Lending Closet"
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents can borrow mobility items from the Lending Closet free of charge for up to 3 months:
- Toilet Risers
- Bath Seats
- Transfer Benches
Our mission is to connect Service Members and their families with each other and to the resources and benefits they earned and deserve, free and confidentially regardless of discharge status. Through our professionally trained Veteran Peer Specialists, we provide “help from those who’ve been there” for support services, counseling, program resources, and a sense of hope and purpose.
- Peer Support
- Family Integrity
- Program Resources
- Suicide and Homelessness Prevention
The mission of Faith in Action is to help older adults maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. Volunteers help with many forms of non-medical assistance, such as transportation to medical and other appointments, help with shopping, reading or bill paying, minor home repairs, friendly visiting and telephone support, and respite care for family caregivers.
Faith in Action is non-sectarian. There is no charge for services, and they serve seniors of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and those residing within the Lake Forest High School District 115 regardless of their religious affiliation. This service is supported by a grant from the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation.
- Non-emergency transportation services in Southeast Lake County
- Errand Service
- Respite care
- Social Support
- Information and Referral
Family Service of Lake County provides programs, services, and referrals that respond to identified needs of the rapidly growing senior and caregiver population. All programs and services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to clients.
- Caregiver Resource Center and Support Groups
- Senior Advocate Services
Engage Veterans and Active Duty Military in sustainable agricultural practices to enhance their physical and mental health, along with overall wellness, while exposing them to multiple opportunities to connect with their communities.
Horticulture Therapy for Veterans for physical and mental health and wellness.
The mission of the Illinois Department on Aging is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life.
Youth & Adult Services
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources
- Adult Protective Services
- Senior Health Assistance Program
- Community Care Program
- Senior Health Insurance Program
- Automated Medication Dispenser Program
- Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
- Benefit Access Program
- Assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Older Americans Services
- Senior Community Service Employment Program
- Elderly Nutrition Program
- Assistance in Finding the Right Long-term Care Facility
555 W Monroe St Ste 1500-S
Chicago IL 60661
One Natural Resources Way Ste 100
Springfield IL 62702
As a faith-based not-for-profit, we create vibrant communities for older adults that inspire wellness, independence, joy, and security — enriching the lives of residents and their families.
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
- Long and Short Term Skilled Nursing
- Respite Care
- Community Building
- Meal Program
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
Comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors who deal with legal issues affecting seniors and people with disabilities. Members also include judges, professors of law, and students.
Youth & Adult Services
- Support Seniors and People with Disabilities
- Legal Advice
- Does not Provide Direct Legal Services
To provide nutritious food and resources for our neighbors, with dignity, equity and convenience, through partnerships and innovation.
Youth & Adult Services Provided
Our local food pantries and mobile markets provide free groceries and food to those in need. Pantries offer perishable and non-perishable foods that you can choose from based on your dietary needs. If you have questions about the model of distribution your pantry is offering, or specific dietary needs or restrictions, a pantry would be happy to speak with you—just call ahead of time!
24/7 Hotline for food emergencies
Lake Forest location
400 E Westminster Rd
Lake Forest IL 60045
Lake Bluff location
906 Muir Ave
Lake Bluff IL 60044
Riverside Foundation will provide quality services and supports to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring opportunities for individual choice and with a commitment to providing these supports in a positive caring environment.
- Campus for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Group Homes for Independence and Community
- Work & Activity Center Develops Life-skills
To provide family support to families with children or adults with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities.
This group provides a research-based model of sharing personal experiences with the intention of providing emotional support for their individual situation and enlightenment through the sharing of hope and loving experiences
Family support for parents living with a child with a disability. Each monthly meeting discusses a different topic.
To promote the welfare of honorably discharged Veterans of military service and their families through maximizing all possible benefits through effective and dynamic advocacy and by serving as a central service office for all Veterans residing in the county of Lake.
- Veterans Assistance Disability Compensation Pension
- Aid and Attendance
- Burial Benefits
- Financial Assistance
Weinberg Community for Senior Living, managed by an experienced team from CJE SeniorLife, is a premier assisted living campus in Deerfield that provides a warm, supportive environment with engaging life enrichment opportunities to enhance the lives of its residents.
For adults with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses:
- Day services with activities and socialization
- Stimulating and structured programs
Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living
1551 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield IL 60015
The Friend Center for Early Alzheimer's Care
1601 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015