State cuts $2.1 Million from Senior Care Act resulting in statewide waiting list. Read more...
September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Read more...
NWKAAA is now serving as your local
Aging and Disability Resource Center!
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are visible and trusted places where people can turn for information, assistance and a single point of entry to public long-term support programs and benefits. The statewide comprehensive call center can be reached at 1-855-200-2372 to initiate assistance anywhere in the state of Kansas.
The Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging hosts your local ADRC. Feel free to contact the statewide call center or the Northwest Kansas office for more information.
The Dane G Hansen Foundation awarded the Area Agency on Aging a grant to assist with the purchase and renovation of our offices. NWKAAA is very grateful for their generosity. Read more...
Do you need help determining which Managed Care Organization will best meet your needs? Print a worksheet to help you compare MCOs.
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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.