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Useful Information for Seniors

Aging, Senior Assistance and Elder Abuse Hotline  1-800-252-8966 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, 1-800-279-0400 5pm - 8:30am (Elder Abuse Reporting Only) 

Amtrack Rail Service, 1-800-872-7245 Reservations and Information for schedules, reservations - lower fares could be available 

Central Complaint Registry (for nursing homes, hospitals and mental health facilities)  1-800-252-4343.  

Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc.  1-800-233-1708  7am to 5pm Monday - Friday. Provides medical, physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual care to terminally ill patients and families. 

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance   Call 1-800-642-3374 for Edwards, Wayne, White, Wabash and Hamilton counties.  Call 1-800-642-5335 for Saline, Gallatin, Hardin and Pope counties. 

Poison Control Center  Call 1-800-222-1222 

Department of Veterans Affairs  Call 1-800-437-9824

Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption (SCHE).  This annual exemption is available for residential property that is occupied as the principal residence of a person, who is 65 years of age or older during the assessment year. The person must be the owner or a lessee with an ownership interest in the property with a single-family residence, who is liable for the payment of the property taxes. The amount of the exemption is a $4,000 reduction in the EAV of the property.  Filing requirements vary by county; some counties require an initial application, Form PTAX-324, Application for Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, or an annual renewal application, Form PTAX-329, Certificate of Status - Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption, to be filed with the Chief County Assessment Office.

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