The Orland Township’s Senior Services department provides programs that promote independence and wellness to help seniors of the community remain active and healthy.
Phone: (708) 403-4222
Senior Transportation Coordinator: Betty Fugger
Phone: (708) 403-4222
SENIOR SERVICES – Click on the titles below for more information
Orland Township provides curb-to-curb service to seniors, ages 55 and older, that live within the boundaries of Orland Township. Transportation is available to shopping areas, senior centers and other service providers within Orland Township. Transportation to medical appointments outside Orland Township boundaries may also be arranged. Transportation service is available Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Local rides (including medical rides) within the Township are $4 per person for a round trip. Medical rides outside of the Township are $8 per person for a round trip.
To make a reservation, call (708) 403-4222 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. When calling to schedule a ride, have the following passenger information available:
1. ID number, name, address, and phone number
2. Number of persons traveling
3. Date of the trip
4. The exact street address (and building entrance) of each location (pick-up and drop-off)
5. For doctor visits or other scheduled appointments, provide appointment time, length of visit, doctor name, address and phone
You may schedule unlimited rides for medical appointments up to one month in advance. All other requests for transportation may be scheduled up to one week in advance. Two non-medical rides per week may be scheduled. A 48-hour advance notice is required for non-medical requests.
If you have special needs, please inform the Transportation Department when scheduling your ride. All clients must be independently mobile. As our vehicles are not wheelchair accessible, persons not entirely mobile will need to provide their own escort for assistance.
The Orland Township Activity Center is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents to play cards and bingo and enjoy refreshments. We provide coffee and doughnuts in the morning and, on occasion, sandwiches, hot dogs, or pizzas later in the day.
On the first and third Wednesday of every month, the Orland Park Library brings book carts to the Activity Center during regular drop-in hours for residents to check out books and DVDs. If residents do not have a library card, they can sign up for one on-site.
Therapy dogs occasionally visit the Activity Center to spend time with seniors. The dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection to those in need. All participating dogs are current on vaccinations and physicals, and are certified members of Therapy Dogs International, which requires a strict certification process.
Orland Township hosts multiple luncheons throughout the year for senior residents. Luncheons consist of a delicious catered meal and live entertainment, ranging from singers and musicians to comedians and magicians.
Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be purchased at the Township office.
Orland Township offers various dinner dances throughout the year, providing seniors with an evening of fine food and entertainment. Dinner dances are often held at the Orland Chateau and include a plated meal and live entertaiment.
Dinner dances are open to both residents and non-residents. Tickets can be purchased at Orland Township.
Join resident knitting expert Jean Porn as she teaches the lost art of knitting at Orland Township on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Activity Center. Beginners and advanced students are invited and encouraged to work at their own pace. Bring all necessary supplies, including yarn and knitting needles. This class is free. To register, call the Township today.
Orland Township’s FREE Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) provides assistance to seniors in need of help with Medicare claims and statements, as well as help with Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage.
Counselors, trained and certified with the Illinois Department of Insurance, are available by appointment to answer questions about Medicare and Medicare Supplemental Insurance.
Counselors provide accurate and objective one-on-one counseling sessions. They are not affiliated with any insurance company and they do not sell or solicit any type of insurance. Call the Township to schedule an appointment.
Rules of the Road is a review course for senior citizens who are required to take the written or driving tests in order to renew their driver’s licenses. The course provides knowledge and the confidence needed to pass the driver’s license renewal exam. Classes currently are offered six times a year free of charge.
55 Alive Defensive Driving Class is a two-day class designed to help older drivers improve their skills and prevent traffic accidents. Course completion may qualify participants for a discount on the liability portion of automobile insurance. Classes are held in the Orland Township Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Participants must attend both days. There is a $15 fee for AARP members and a $20 fee for non-members. This fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Registration is required.
• Driver’s license with a photo and date of birth
• State identification card
• U.S. Immigration Alienation Card, front and back, and Official Government I.D. with photo and date of birth
Applicants receive the actual card by mail, direct from the RTA, within six weeks.
This free and confidential service informs residents about benefits and programs they may be entitled to as seniors.
BCU applications require information regarding monthly income, ages of household members, asset information, etc. Once this application is processed, individuals will receive a list of benefits they qualify for along with an individual fact sheet with information on each program. BCU applications may be obtained at the Township office.
Diabetics, who are covered by Medicare, are entitled to one pair of shoes per year, plus three pairs of insoles. The individually fitted shoes feature extra depth, molded insoles and protected toes and they are designed exclusively for comfort and support.
Free Amplified Phone Program
The Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC) has expanded its mandated program to include free amplified telephones to those who qualify. To qualify, one must be a resident of Illinois, have a standard in-home phone service, and have physician certification that he/she is unable to use a regular phone. There are no age or income requirements. If in need of this service, please stop by the Orland Township office to pick up an application.
Cell Phones for Seniors
Orland Township, in partnership with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office, sponsors the Cell Phone for Seniors program. The phones are programmed to the 911 Call Center and are to be used in emergencies. Seniors must complete a simple application to receive the cellular telephone and will not be under any type of service plan. Applications are available at the Orland Township office.