Area Agency on Aging

Area Agency on Aging

Serving Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties

Area Agency on Aging is responsible for planning, coordinating, funding and advocating for programs and services which meet the needs of Wyandotte and Leavenworth County residents.

Aging and Disability Resource Center(ADRC) provides unbiased, reliable information and counseling to individuals of all ages with all levels of income. The ADRC is a trusted place where people can turn for Information, Options Counseling and Assessments. The eleven ADRC’s collectively cover all 105 counties in Kansas.

You can either browse our site by way of Programs or Services. Whatever is convenient for you.

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Our Mission:

The mission of the Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging is to act as the single-point-of entry, whereas an older adult can navigate their way through the aging network and become linked with the services which allow them to make choices for themselves with a primary focus on maintaining independence in their own home and communities.

Programs

PAY ONLINE (Donation for Meals on Wheels)

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

  • Assessments

  • CARE

  • Information & Referral/Assistance

  • Options Counseling - Making decisions about long term care services can be difficult. An options counselor can help by providing unbiased information that is relevant to the individual’s needs, preferences and goals. This person-centered service supports the individual in making informed choices about their long-term care service options.To speak to an Options Counselor in Kansas, call: 1 (855) 200-ADRC (2372). For an Options Counselor in Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS, call: (913) 573-8531.

Caregiver Program

More than 15 million adults serve as caregivers to frail, disabled relatives and/or minor children. Everyday families make tremendous sacrifices to provide the care and support needed by their older relatives.

Services that you might find helpful include:

  • Information

  • Assistance

  • Counseling/Support Groups/Training

  • Respite

  • Attendant and /or Personal Care

  • Homemaker

  • Grandparents or Relative Caregivers Services

Eligibility (at least one must apply):

  • An adult family member or other individual who is an informal provider of in-home services to an older adult, (60) years of age or older.

  • Grandparent, age (55) or older caring for a child younger than (19), lives with the child and acts as the primary caregiver because the biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to care for the child.

  • A grandparent or relative by blood or marriage who is age (55) or older providing care for an adult age (19) to (59), that has a disability. The caregiver cannot be the parent of the adult with a disability.

Caregivers may receive Respite, Homemaker/Attendant Care, Adult Day Care or Grandparent support services through this program.

Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation (C.A.R.E.)

Anyone seeking nursing home care must be assessed by the CARE program before they can enter the nursing home.

The CARE assessment is a (2) page form developed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to evaluate a person’s health and functional abilities. The purpose of CARE is to help persons find appropriate long-term care services and to collect data on the need for home and community based services. The assessment is a personal interview with you (and your family or other caregivers such as a guardian/conservator when appropriate).

Anyone seeking nursing home care must be assessed by the CARE program before they can enter the nursing home. If you or a loved one are considering a move to a nursing facility, please contact our office at (913) 573-8531.

Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Home & Community Bases Services (HCBS) provides community based supports and services for persons in Kansas with disabilities. Although there are many waivers under the Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services; the Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging only provides new and annual assessments for the following:

Frail Elderly (FE) Waivered Program 

The Home and Community Based Services Frail Elderly (FE) program provides an option for Kansas seniors who receive Medicaid and qualify functionally to receive community based services as an alternative to nursing home care.

Physically Disabled (PD) Waivered Program 

The Physically Disabled Program serves individuals age 16 to 65 who meet the criteria for nursing facility placement due to their physical disability, who are determined disabled by social security standards and who are Medicaid eligible.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waivered Program 

The Traumatic Brain Injury program is for individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and provides the services needed to ensure those individuals are able to be as safe and independent as possible in their homes. The TBI program serves individuals (16) - (65) years of age who would otherwise require institutionalization in a TBI Rehabilitation Facility.

NOTE:  The TBI Program is not considered a long-term care program and is designed to be a rehabilitative program for consumers to receive therapies and services that enable them to rely less on supports as the consumer's independence increases.

HCBS CHECK-LIST

If you are a NEW customer applying for HCBS under Kansas Medicaid/KanCare, the following check-list will assist you through this process EACH STEP IS REQUIRED.

STEP 1

  • Complete KanCare application with the KanCare Clearinghouse call: 1 (800) 792-4292.

STEP 2:

  • Contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) to request Functional Assessment.

  • ADRC will complete FAI within (5) business days from your date of request.

  • Obtain Level of Care score outcome from the ADRC.

STEP 3:

  • Your Managed Care Organization (MCO) will contact you to set-up services once step 1 and 2 are completed.

***If you are experiencing delays with STEP 3, please contact your MCO directly.***

Helpful Contacts

Amerigroup :1 (800) 600-4441
Sunflower Health Plan: 1 (877) 644-4623
United Healthcare: 1 (877) 542-9238

Other Helpful Contacts

Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services: 1 (785) 368-6246
KanCare Ombudsman: 1 (855) 643-8180

In Home Services

The Older Americans’ Act and Senior Care Act are the(2) major funding sources that provide in-home services as an alternative to nursing home care. Theseprograms are federally funded and target low income residents who are at or below the federal poverty guidelines. The Senior Care Act program is a state funded program and clients are required to pay a copay for services, dependent on their income.

Recipients of these programs must be (60) years of age or older.
Examples of in-home services include: 

  • Light Housekeeping

  • Bathing

  • Feeding

  • Personal Emergency Response System

  • Meal Preparation

  • Toileting

  • Respite Care

Does your home health agency provide Homemaker and Attendant Care Services (In-Home Services)? If so, please consider becoming a Unified Government Home Health Agency for the WY/LV Area Agency on Aging and help us serve our local serniors. For more information and to request the next Request for Proposal for In-Home Services, go to:  https://purchasing.wycokck.org/eProcurement

KanCare

KanCare is the program through which the State of Kansas administers Medicaid. KanCare (Kansas Medicaid) can be obtained by completing the KanCare Application or calling 1 (800) 792-4884 to request a paper application.

Each Medicaid consumer is assigned to one of the KanCare health plans. Consumers in KanCare receive all the same services provided under the previous Medicaid delivery system, plus additional services.

Consumers have the option during open enrollment season once per year to change to a different KanCare health plan if they prefer to do so. Open enrollment season corresponds with the anniversary month of enrollment in the program.

Meals on Wheels (See Nutrition Programs)

Medicare

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans (SHICK) is a free program offering Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.

For Medicare assistance:

Call the SHICK toll-free hotline  1 (800) 860-5260 or;
Visit www.medicare.gov  or;
Call 1 (800) 633-4227

Mill Levy Funded Programs

Mill Levy funding maintains several programs for older adults residing in Wyandotte County. To qualify for a Mill Levy Funded Program, you must be (60) years of age or older and live in Wyandotte County.

Medical Alert Philips Lifeline Betty Ewell (913) 573-8531
Hearing Aid Providence Medical Center Eric Hyde (913) 596-5143
Senior Centers Vernon Multi-Purpose Center

Bonner Springs Senior Center
Bernadette Walker-Harris

Gloria Ochoa
(913) 321-1220

(913) 441-0169
Transportation Demand Response

Assisted Transportation
UG Transit

Ask for "Mill Levy" ride
(913) 573-8351

(913) 262-5190
Dental Services Dr. William Hartman & Assoc.
(prior authorization is required)
Betty Ewell (913) 573-8531

Nutrition Programs

 Meals on Wheels

How Does Meals on Wheels Work?

The Meals on Wheels program is designed to improve and maintain the health of seniors. The meals meet one third of the recommended daily allowance for adults and have no added salt.

Participants have a choice of either hot or frozen meals. Hot meals are delivered once a day Monday through Friday. Frozen meal participants receive one box of five frozen meals, delivered once per week. 

Eligibility

Meals are provided to seniors 60 years of age and older who are temporarily or permanently homebound due to physical or mental impairment. Seniors that are not homebound are encouraged to participate at one of the nutrition sites.

Application Process

A person in need of Meals on Wheels must complete a home delivered meal application. We encourage applicants to have their application signed by their medical doctor. Upon receipt of a completed application, nutrition staff will schedule a home visit for assessment. This assessment will be completed and meals will be started within 10 working days.

Download application(PDF, 142KB)

Cancelling Meals

If it becomes necessary to cancel a scheduled meal that you call the nutrition office or dispatch by noon the day before the scheduled delivery.

Donations Encouraged

Our Nutrition Program is funded by the Older Americans Act, State funds, Mill Levy dollars and client contributions.  The meal program does rely on donations to continue serving meals to new and current participants. 

Congegate Meals

Congregate Meals- (8 sites)

Seniors who are not homebound are welcome to participate at one of our nutrition sites listed below. To begin dining at a nutrition site, contact the Area Agency on Aging office at (913) 573-8531.
Check out the Menu(PDF, 84KB).

SITE/LOCATION SERVING TIME ON SITE SUPERVISOR
Argentine Community Center
2810 Metropolitan
Kansas City, KS 66106
10:30AM Janet Mitchell
Bethel Neighborhood Center
14 South 7thSt
Kansas City, KS 66101
10:45AM Betty Greathouse
Plaza Towers
1200 North 75thPlace
Kansas City, Kansas 66112
11:30AM Linda Bersch
Rosedale Towers
2314 West 39thStr
Kansas City, Kansas 66103
11:00AM Sharon Frances
Strangers Rest Baptist Church
2052 North 5thSt
Kansas City, KS 66101
11:30AM Joy Carroll
Vaughndale Towers
420 North Park
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
11:00AM Ada Barnett
Vernon Center
3436 North 27thSt
Kansas City, KS 66104
11:00AM Joyce White
Westgate Towers
6100 Leavenworth Rd
Kansas City, KS 66104
11:15AM Donna Anderson

Healhty Food  

CHOOSING HEALTHY APPETIZING MEALS PLAN SOLUTIONS FOR SENIORS

CHAMPSS – Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meals Plan Solutions for Seniors (New Program)

In July 2019 we added the CHAMPSS program. This program targets mobile seniors, 60 years of age or older who have access to transportation. It allows flexibility and allows seniors to visit participating stores/restaurants at their convenience for a healthy, well-balanced meal.

CHAMPSS meals are currently being served at Hy-Vee (Mission location only). We are looking to provide CHAMPSS meals site location in Wyandotte County soon.
Before being enrolled into the CHAMPSS program, participants must attend an informational meeting and load their CHAMPSS card.

Donations Encouraged The CHAMPSS Program is funded by the Older Americans Act and client contributions. This meal program does rely on donations of $3.50 (or more) per meal to continue serving meals to new and current participants.

If you are interested in joining the program, please contact the Area Agency on Aging office at (913) 573-8531.

Older Americans Act (OAA)

Eligibility (at least one must apply):

  • An adult family member or other individual who is an informal provider of in-home services to an older adult, (60 ) years of age .
  • Grandparent, age (55 ) caring for a child younger than (19), lives with the child and acts as the primary caregiver because the biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to care for the child.
  • A grandparent or relative by blood or marriage who is age (55 ) providing care for an adult age (19) - (59) that has a disability. The caregiver cannot be the parent of the adult with a disability.
  • Caregivers may receive Respite, Homemaker/Attendant Care, Adult Day Care or Grandparent support services through this program

Exercise Program – Enhanced Fitness

  • Enhance Fitness is a free, evidence-based group exercise program geared toward arthritis relief. The program is dedicated to improve the quality of life for seniors (60 ) in Wyandotte County.
  • Older adults (60 ) at all levels of fitness will become active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. Contact the Area Agency on Aging P: (913) 573-8531 or by email for class schedules.


In-Home Care

Recipients of these programs must be (60 ) years of age.
Examples of in-home services include:

  • Light Housekeeping
  • Meal preparation
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Feeding
  • Respite Care
  • Personal Emergency Response System

  • Legal Services

    • Kansas Legal Service for Older Adults is project of Kansas Legal Services, Inc. and is funded by the Older Americans Act. Due to limited resources there is a prioritization of need and Kansas Legal Services for Older Adults is not able to offer assistance in every type of case.
    • The project provides the following services: Guardians/Conservators, Simple Wills, Division of Assets, Patient’s Rights, Power of Attorney, Living Wills and Consumer Advocacy.
    • Schedule a visit with Kansas Legal Services for Older Adults P: (913) 573-8531.

    Take a moment to browse through our newsletters and check out information on Nutrition.

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans (SHICK)

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans (SHICK) is a free program offering Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.

For Medicare assistance:

 
Interested in becoming a Volunteer SHICK Counselor?
Call: (913) 573-8531



Department Head

Director: Ruth E. Jones