The 2020 Census reports that 18 Kansas counties have at least 25% of their population to be at least 65 years old. Jewell County has the highest percentage at 30% of the population.
The Area Agencies on Aging in Kansas are part of a national network of 629 AAAs and 246 Title VI organizations designated as the leaders on aging issues at the local level. Area Agencies on Aging were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of older adults and caregivers in every local community. AAAs are the “boots-on-the-ground” organizations charged with helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. Locally managed with federal, state and local funding resources, service delivery decisions are made at the community level: often in the private homes of the individuals who need services. The AAA’s primary responsibilities include the following:
AAAs provide services that fall into five broad categories:
Developing and funding programs that respond to local needs
Providing direct assistance and/or educating consumers about available community resources for long-term services and supports
Assessing multiple service needs, determining eligibility, authorizing or purchasing services and monitoring the appropriateness and cost effectiveness of services
Demonstrating responsible fiscal stewardship by maximizing use of public and private funding to serve as many consumers as possible
Creating local information and referral/assistance (I&R/A) hotlines to help consumers find aging or other HCBS programs
The Kansas Area Agencies on Aging deliver a core set of services: funding for nutrition programs (congregate and home-delivered), in-home and community access services, programs to support physical health and fitness, and services that assist individuals who are caregivers for older adults. As community needs were identified, AAAs responded by expanding services:
1989 Commissioned to oversee non-Medicaid Senior Care Act program
1994 Commissioned to perform Level I CARE assessments
1997 Designated single point of entry
1997 Started Targeted Case Management for frail elderly waiver until 2013
2012 Contracted with KDADS for the Aging and Disability Resource Center
2020 Contracted with KDADS for Administrative Case Management
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Home-delivered and congregate meals to individuals age 60 and older
Supports and services (in-home services, self-management, exercise programs) in the homes and local communities to empower people to live independently
Support to unpaid caregivers can include information, respite, assistance to access services, and training
Non-Medicaid, Home and Community Based Services delivered in the home of an individual age 60 and older with resources higher than Medicaid allows. Sliding scale fee applies.
Functional assessments to determine eligibility for appropriate home and community based services or placement in long-term care facilities
A program and walk-in center to provide anyone with unbiased, objective information on local available resources
Intake, Medicaid Application Assistance, and Liaison assistance to access the Physical Disability waiver, Frail Elderly waiver, Brain Injury waiver, and PACE program
Services to older Kansans, age 60 and their caregivers to live in the community. Includes personal care, legal services, nutrition services, and other individualized services based on an assessment of need.