Age My Way! The Theme of the 2022 Older Americans Month. Thank you, Gov. Laura Kelly for the Proclamation celebrating the aging population in Kansas and recognizing the many talents and contributions of the 650,000 older Kansans in our communities.
The OAA funds the Area Agencies on Aging and services delivered and contracted by the AAAs, including meals (home delivered, congregate) family caregiver support, transportation, and access to legal services, along with other services.
A customer diagnosed with an inflammatory lung disease (COPD) and using continuous oxygen risked falling or tripping over the tubing, the weight of the tank, and lack of portability. In response to the customer’s severe need, East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging purchased an Inogen oxygen machine to increase the customer's quality of life and freedom to travel and complete daily tasks.
Ensuring older adults and people with disabilities maintain their independence and dignity through cost effective community services.
Eleven Area Agencies on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Kansas.
All Kansans have dignity, health, independence, and enduring self-sufficiency.
The AAAs partner with public and private enterprises throughout Kansas, the region, and the nation to support the delivery of accessible, quality-driven services to healthy lifestyles and support self-sufficiency.
We for older Kansans to remain active, independent, and free from abuse and neglect. The association is a strong voice for the creation of new and effective resources to meet the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers. K4ad monitors legislation on the state and federal levels and provides testimony on board-approved priorities.
Working through local Area Agencies on Aging, k4ad supports a single, highly accessible point of entry for older Kansans and persons with disabilities seeking help in maintaining their health, independence, and dignity.
National and state policymakers will see the results of this study and your experiences can help inform future policies and programs. This study is funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!
You can participate in this study if you are an adult (ages 18 and up) who falls into one of the following groups:
1. A person who receives in-home care services paid for by Medicaid/KanCare.
· A KanCare HCBS consumer, including adults on the Frail Elderly (FE), Physical Disability (PD), Brain Injury (BI), or the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) waivers.
· It is OK if you reduced or stopped receiving care during the pandemic.
2. A worker who provides paid in-home care services
· A Direct Service Worker (DSW), Personal Care Attendant (PCA), or Home Care Aide (HCA) who serves KanCare waiver consumers and who worked in this field before or during the pandemic.
· If you quit your job or reduced hours during the pandemic, we would still like to hear from you.
· In-home care workers can be employed by the person directly or through an agency
3. A caregiver who supported a family member or friend receiving waiver services during the pandemic
4. A provider or community agency who serves the KanCare HCBS population, with experience before and during the pandemic.
· This includes Home Care Agencies, FMS providers, ADRCs, CDDOs, CILs, or other community agencies who help support the HCBS population.
Participation in the study involves a confidential interview that lasts 1 to 1 ½ hours by phone or Zoom. We will ask about how the pandemic impacted the waiver services you receive or provide. We also want to know how waiver consumers, workers, and caregivers stayed safe during the pandemic. Study participants will be compensated $25 for their time.
For more information or to join the study:
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call Dr. Carrie Wendel-Hummell at 785-864-3797.
Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center - Ready to Help Kansans
Are you looking for help, or are you concerned about a parent or loved one? The Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center is ready to help you find the information and resources you need. How can we help? Our friendly team is here to answer your questions, offer practical advice and connect you to local services – call 855-200-2372 or https://wehelpkansans.com