Advocacy "...to plead the cause of another..."
The role of the Area Agency on Aging in this network is to plan, coordinate, and advocate for the development of a comprehensive service-delivery system to meet the short and long-term needs of older persons in a specific geographic area. This is accomplished by working with federal, state, and local officials; elderly constituents; service providers; and the private voluntary sector to coordinate existing services and to stimulate new services.
Information and Assistance
The Information and Assistance program is designed to provide individuals with confidential help. They will listen to questions, provide information on available services and refer to the appropriate agencies.
Trained Information and Assistance staff are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., to answer any questions or concerns you have. Please call 1-800-432-7422.
The HOMESTEAD Nutrition Project has 29 meal sites located in northwest Kansas and delivers meals to an additional 10 towns. The HOMESTEAD Nutrition Project is funded through participant contributions, federal, state and county funds. The meals served meet USDA guidelines and provide a minimum of 1/3 the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
Congregate Meals Program
The Congregate Meals program is designed to bring people age 60 and over together to share a hot nutritious meal, fun and friendship. Our purpose is to enrich the lives of seniors by providing nutrition education, promoting better health through a daily well-balanced meal and better mental health by providing a place for fellowship with other senior citizens.
To make a reservation please call your local meal site by noon the day before. The requested contribution for those over 60 is $3.00. Those under 60 may also purchase a meal, but must pay the full meal cost of $5.35.
Home Delivered Meals Program
The Home Delivered Meals program is designed to provide meals to those who are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. The meals are delivered by volunteers. Our goal is to enable seniors to remain in their homes and improve their health through proper diet and good nutrition information. A participant must be age 60 or over or an eligible participant and unable to attend a meal site.
For information on eligibility or how to receive a home delivered meal, please call 1-800-432-7422. The requested contribution for those over 60 is $3.00. Those under 60 may also purchase a meal, but must pay the full meal cost of $5.75.
The purpose of the CARE program is to help individuals find the appropriate long-term care services. Visiting with a CARE assessor will give an individual a chance to discuss their options. They will provide information needed about services in their community to make an informed decision regarding what services will meet their long-term care needs. Everyone entering a Medicaid-certified nursing facility must have a CARE assessment done prior to admission. The assessment takes approximately one hour and is designed to evaluate your health and ability to perform daily activities such as shopping, dressing and laundry. There is no cost for the assessment.
The NWKAAA contracts with Kansas Legal Services to help provide legal services to those age 60 and over. The Senior Citizen Law Project is aware of all the problems seniors face and is designed to help inform, advise, and solve these problems so the elderly citizens can obtain the rights and benefits to which they are entitled.
Kansas Legal Services can help with:
- division of assets
- durable power of attorney
- living wills
- income maintenance
- Medicare and Medicaid insurance claims
- consumer cases.
They are not allowed to handle cases where a private attorney could reasonably expect to earn a fee. However, the project attorney can counsel someone about problems and possible solutions including whether or not a private attorney should be contacted. Every effort will be made to make visits to homes, nursing homes, or hospital rooms if the client's health or lack of transportation does not permit him/her to come to the legal office. For legal assistance, please call Kansas Legal Services at (785) 625-4514 or the NWKAAA at 1-800-432-7422.
SHICK offers older individuals an opportunity to ask an unbiased member of their own community questions about health insurance. Trained volunteer counselors provide counseling, assistance and advocacy relating to Medicare, private health insurance and related health coverage plans. To find a SHICK volunteer in your area please call 1-800-432-7422.
If you have trouble paying your bills and buying your pills, ask a SHICK volunteer how they can help you work with your doctor to receive your medication through drug companies.
A newsletter is sent once a year to seniors upon their request. It contains articles on services, benefits, programs and current issues of interest to seniors.
Programs on Medication Management
Programs on medication management and the benefits of preventative health services are presented at local senior centers throughout northwest Kansas. If you would like to set an appointment for a presentation please call us at 1-800-432-7422.
Becoming a caregiver may be one of the most important roles you will undertake in your lifetime. It is neither a role in which most of us are prepared, nor is it an easy role. The caregiver program is designed to help the caregivers. A caregiver is anyone who is an unpaid provider for an older adult. The caregiver program provides assistance with information, support groups, respite care and supplemental services. The caregiver program is also designed to assist grandparents raising their grandchildren. Please call 1-800-432-7422 for more information on eligibility and services.
In-home care programs assist older adults in maintaining and improving their independence. This is done by providing homemaker services, such as laundry, housekeeping and cooking or attendant care, which includes bathing, dressing and getting in a chair or bed. There are several different types of in-home programs. To see which one you are eligible for please call 1-800-432-7422.
AAA At Home Solutions is a program providing private professional case management services to seniors in the 18 counties of Northwest Kansas. This program is a service offered by the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging, NWKAAA, to help Older Kansans, age 60 and over, to live independently and in their own homes as long as possible. AAA At Home Solutions is an options for seniors who do not want to receive subsidized state and federal program services, but want a service providing a comprehensive assessment, coordination, referral, advocacy and monitoring of their individual needs.