SCKAAA is the result of the 1965 Older Americans Act, as amended.
In addition to the services described below we have free publications to help you make decisions about legal and financial affairs, find help in the community, select a nursing home, and much more.
Case Management is an inclusive look at a person’s needs and resources, linking him or her to a full range of appropriate services, using all available funding sources and monitoring the care provided over an extended period of time.
Its purpose is to ensure that older Kansans are made aware of the options to community-based long term care services and to facilitate the coordination of these services on their behalf.
For further information contact SCKAAA’s Case Management Department.
Home Care Services
SCKAAA provides funding for a variety of in-home care services aimed at keeping older Kansans in their homes as long as possible. These programs may include personal care, homemaker services, respite care, chore services, and a host of other life supporting services.
If you are finding it difficult to continue to care for yourself or your home, or know of someone who may benefit from this program, call us.
Information & Assistance
This service provides confidential help with personal problems, information about available services and referrals to the agencies that can best help.
Trained Information and Assistance staff are located in each county as well as in the agency’s central office to provide assistance to older individuals and adult children taking care of their parents who may have questions or need assistance.
Each county manages programs and services designed to meet the needs of the seniors in the respective county. Their mission is to deliver easily accessible, top-quality services that sustain healthy lifestyles and support self-sufficiency in the aging populations.
You may contact your county or the SCKAAA central office to obtain information. 1-800-362-0264.
Caregiver Assistance Program
This program will provide an opportunity for the aging network to respond to the needs of the caregiver.
SCKAA has, through contracts, made available information and assistance to a family caregiver or other individuals who care for an older individual and support to grandparents raising grandchildren.
There are many programs of the Agency which may currently be accessed and used by caregivers.
Home-delivered meals for the homebound and meals served at meal sites, many of which are located in senior centers, are available through Aging Projects, Inc. Friendship Meals.
- Person 60 years of age and older and the spouse of that person regardless of his or her age; or
- Volunteer less than 60 years of age who provides volunteer services during meal hours, as long as his or her meal will not deprive an eligible participant of a meal; or
- Non-elderly disabled person who resides in a housing facility occupied primarily by individuals 60 years of age or older where congregate nutrition services are provided; or
- Non-elderly disabled person who resides in a home with and accompanies an individual 60 years of age or older.
Home Delivered meals are available for individuals who are homebound because of illness, disability or are otherwise isolated. Volunteers are used to deliver meals.
For other older Kansans, eating together at a meal site provides fun and fellowship, as well as a nutritious meal. Information of interest to seniors is made available through guest speakers and printed material.
The meals served are Heartwise; that is, they meet guidelines from the American Heart Association for heart healthy diet.
24 Hour reservations are required in order to have enough food available at our sites.
Aging Projects, Inc. serves isolated communities in the 10 county area if the service is requested. The customer needs to contact the home office number (620-669-8201) and if possible they will make arrangements for service.
Friendship Meals is funded by participant contributions, and by a contract from SCKAAA. Aging Projects, Inc. office is located at 112 W. Sherman St. Hutchinson, KS 67501(620-669-8201).
Section 8 Rent Assistance
Rent assistance is available to low-income households through the HUD Section 8 Existing Housing Certificate/Voucher Program.
Qualified families or individuals rent an existing house, duplex, apartment or mobile home from a private owner. The assisted tenant pays approximately 30% of their monthly adjusted income toward rent. The SCKAAA Housing Authority will pay the remaining portion of the rent within a Federal fair market rent standard as established by HUD.
Clients may voluntarily enroll in the Self-Sufficiency Program. This program is designed to coordinate services that will help families achieve economic independence.
SCKAAA contracts with the Kansas Legal Services (KLS) for the provision of legal counseling and representation to persons over the age of 60 living in South Central Kansas.
Types of cases that can be handled by the KLS are income maintenance (Social Security, food stamps, etc.), housing cases, Medicare & Medicaid insurance claims, consumer cases and wills.
KLS CANNOT accept “fee-generating cases,” or those cases that could result in a fee for legal services from an award to a client, from public funds, or from the opposing party.
Tax Counseling For The Elderly
Tax Counseling for the Elderly will be provided at senior centers and other sites in selected counties in our service area. Contact SCKAAA to find the site in your area.
Technical assistance from qualified staff of the Area Agency on Aging is available to local groups and organizations upon request.
Some areas of assistance are:
- Establishing a senior center and/or meals program.
- Establishing local programs such as home care.
- Almost any area relating to the development of services to a community’s senior citizens.
Contact SCKAAA for further information.
Silver Haired Legislature
The 1982 Kansas Legislature established the formation of a Silver Haired Legislature consisting entirely of individuals 60 years and older who advocate on issues effecting all older Kansans.
SCKAAA is responsible for the election process and providing logistical support to the delegates in South Central Kansas.
CARE – Client Assessment Referral and Evaluation
The purpose of the CARE program is to help people find appropriate long term care services and to collect data on the need for home and community based services.
Visiting with a CARE assessor will give people a chance to discuss available long term care options.
Everyone seeking nursing home care must be assessed by the CARE assessor before they can enter a nursing home.
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.
SHICK offers you free confidential counseling, free publications, and help with the Prescription Drug Program, a privately funded program that enables many Medicare beneficiaries with low income to receive needed medications at little or no cost.
Our volunteer counselors receive training on Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Long-Term Care and other health insurance subjects that concern older Kansans. The goal is to educate and assist the public to make informed decisions on what’s best for them.
Call your local County Council on Aging or Department on Aging office in your area to receive further information.