Listing: Home Personal Assistance Resources

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Online Resource


Reviewed Date

May 4, 2023


Help with household chores for people with disabilities or aging populations with financial strain.


NorthEastern Illinois Agency on Aging

800) 528-2000
Who's eligible: Those over 60 or disabled
What you get: Free or low-cost home and yard maintenance and moving help

How it works: If you're struggling to maintain your home, it may be possible to obtain help with all those household tasks that have become difficult or impossible to cope with. Under the auspices of the Older Americans Act, many Area Agencies on Aging offer help with household chores as part of the umbrella of services they offer to help people live independently in their homes. In Florida, for example, the Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging covers a wide array of household chores including seasonal cleaning, yard work, and household repairs that don't require a specialized license. They'll sometimes even cover pest control if it's part of overall house maintenance. They'll also send someone out to help with lifting and moving furniture, appliances, and other heavy objects.

In some areas, the Area Agency on Aging charges a fee for these services, but it's typically much less than you'd normally pay. In Minnesota, for example, one agency charges $15 an hour for snow removal and yard work. Some programs are free but require participants to pay for the services upfront, then apply for grants for reimbursement. In many cases, the minimum age to qualify is 60.


IDHS: IL Dept of Human Services Home Services Program

apply online or call help 1-800-843-6154

City of Chicago Home Support Services

Family & Support Services.
1615 W. Chicago Ave, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60622-5127
Phone: 312.743.0300


IDoA - IL department on Aging - Illinois Area Agencies on Aging

Helps link individuals to programming such as care coordination, in home services for cleaning, laundry, errands and meals, adult day services, senior companions.

  • you must be 65 years of age or older by December 31 of the current year; or
  • you must be 16 years of age or older and totally disabled before January 1 of this year.

    NOTE: "Person with a disability" means a person unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. [320 ILCS 25/3.14]



CCP Homemaker services

A homemaker comes to your home to help you with a wide variety of daily living tasks according to a plan which you and your case manager help to develop. These services can include:

  • Meal planning and cooking, including special diets

  • Routine housekeeping and cleaning

  • Shopping and errands

  • Personal care such as bathing, shaving, and dressing

  • Laundry

  • Reminding you and helping you to take medications and

  • Going with you to the doctor or store



Need Help Paying the Bills: Home Care Programs for Disabled

It will provide basic homemaking services for clients. The programs are usually only offered for adults with disabilities who meet certain income thresholds as well. A local department of Human Services, or the equivalent government office, in a county can provide more details on what is covered.


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