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Aging and Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK)

SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) is a program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained community volunteers about Medicare and other health insurance programs. The program also provides assistance with accessing prescription drugs at reduced costs.  See more about Medicare at :  https://www.mymedicarematters.org/ (A National Council on Aging site)  and    http://www.medicare.gov/index.html (The official U.S. government site for Medicare.)

Also see SHICK content on the Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services website at http://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/commission-on-aging/medicare-programs/shick 

And note that The National Institute of Health offers short free online videos about Medicare and senior health issues.

The Johnson County SHICK contact is Martha Maurin, 913-286-0292    SHICK in Johnson County is provided by the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging in Ottawa 1-800-633-5621.

Kansas SHICK Program 1-800-860-5260 Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
 

SHICK offers Medicare Help in Johnson County - How do I enroll in Medicare? Do I have to enroll in Medicare if I am still working and have group coverage? What does Medicare cover, what does it cost? What happens if I don’t get enrolled in Medicare when I turn 65? Congress created State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) to help provide answers to these questions and many more that beneficiaries have as they age into the Medicare system. SHIP is a state-based program that offers local one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare to help answer questions regarding Medicare options. Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services funded grants directed to states, SHIPs provide free counseling and assistance via telephone and face-to-face sessions, public education presentations and programs and media activities.

The program in Kansas is titled SHICK, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas.  Assistance in Johnson County is provided through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging in Ottawa. Trained counselors work with beneficiaries to assist them with their Medicare questions, enrollment and plan comparisons without bias toward any one plan or insurance company. All counselors are background checked and receive training through the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Two primary services support the SHICK Mission:
Consumer education services provide objective information and a variety of printed materials about Medicare A, B, C, & D, Medicare supplement insurance, prescription drug assistance, assistance with paying for Medicare, receiving Medicare through managed care plans and other insurance-related topics.
One-on-one confidential counseling sessions objectively provide information on health insurance coverage, claims assistance, and referrals to appropriate agencies. Individual decision-making and problem-solving are supported at all times but final decisions regarding coverage remain the beneficiaries to make.

The coordinator for the Johnson County SHICK program is Martha Maurin at 913-286-0292. She assists beneficiaries who need to make an appointment with a counselor, provides outreach and education and recruits more counselors to be trained and to work with community agencies with resource information and program information.  The SHICK program in Johnson County currently partners with the Olathe Public Library; Blue Valley Recreation and The Jewish Community Center, both in Overland Park; and the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission for appointments and public education locations.

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, get schedules for public education meetings, or have a Medicare presentation made to a group or agency, contact Maurin at 913-286-0292.

 

Private Care Management

Private care management focuses on assisting individuals age 60 and over to live independently in the community. Services include assessment of individual needs, development of an individualized plan of care and locating and establishing services.    Private care management is a special fee-based service which starts with a 5-hour block of assessment and service coordination.   For additional service options, see In-Home Services.

Contact Information:

Information & Assistance Specialists
Aging Information Specialists

913-715-8861

1-888-214-4404  toll free

Contact Aging Information
 

What is the Private Care Management (PCM) option?    Private Care Management (PCM) Brochure

Private Care Management is a new and sensible choice for care coordination. It offers:

  • A trusted source providing a detailed functional assessment and comprehensive plan of care.
  • Single contact for connection to local service providers.
  • Peace of mind, knowing that a comprehensive plan of care was customized by experts to meet an individual’s needs, and personal situation.

One call for Geriatric Care Management assists you with connection to any of these services...

  • Adult Day Services - Social and health services for adults who need supervised care in an appropriate setting during the day, while providing respite for the primary caregiver.
  • Emergency Alert Systems - Telephone support in case of emergency.
  • Home Health - Professional in-home nursing and rehabilitation services.
  • Hospice - Comprehensive care and support for those coping with terminal illness.
  • Medical Equipment - Grab bars, bath benches, walkers, respiratory supplies, lift chairs, and more.
  • Personal Care  - Attendants help senior adults with bathing, grooming, and other personal care.
  • Prepared Meals  - Nutritious meals that are prepackaged, and delivered directly to the home.
  • Respite Care - An in-home substitute caregiver, adult day care, or care facility can provide temporary relief for non-paid caregivers.

Why choose Private Care Management (PCM)?

Learning about and coordinating services for seniors can be time consuming and challenging for families and caregivers. It is even more challenging when you live far away from your loved ones and they need help NOW. Johnson County Area Agency on Aging can help you through our Private Care Management service.

How does Private Care Management (PCM) work?

Serving seniors and helping them remain in their home is what we do. Our case management staff will complete a thorough assessment, develop a detailed plan of care, and guide you through the network of services available in the community. The plan of care is the key to this process. Our knowledge of federal, state, and local resources will be available as the plan of care is developed for your unique situation.

 Private Care Management Services make sense.

For a set fee we will work with the family and seniors to assess needs, develop a plan, and coordinate supportive services. In most cases a five-hour block of time will provide the help you need. This will provide you with the information, guidance, and coordination, if needed, to connect with local community resources and services. Additional case management services for support and assistance can be contracted on an as-needed basis.

With the ever increasing cost of nursing facility care, we strive to help seniors remain as independent as possible in their own home and community by connecting them with in-home services. The Area Agency on Aging serves seniors in Johnson County and their concerned family members wherever they might live.

Neighborhood Centers

The Area Agency on Aging provides nutritious meals at six Neighborhood Centers. In addition, Neighborhood Centers offer a variety of services, activities, and educational programs for older individuals in the community.

Contact Information:

Aging Information Specialists
913-715-8861

1-888-214-4404  toll free

Contact Aging Information

Frequent Questions:

Where are the Neighborhood Centers located? 

 *Please note that since the building in which the Olathe Senior Center was located has been sold, staff have set up an Olathe Pickup Location for Home-Delivered Meals at the Johnson County Health Services Building, 11875 S. Sunset 913-715-8898 until a new location for a center can be found. Volunteers may pickup meals by ringing the doorbell by the double doors at the North loading dock.

Who can attend the Neighborhood Center?

A hot noon meal is available for anyone age 60+ and their spouse. People under age 60 are also welcome to eat lunch, but must pay full cost of the meal.

How do I make a reservation for a lunch meal?

Call the Neighborhood Center by 10:00 a.m. the day before.

How much will the meal cost?

  • The suggested donation for a person age 60+ and their spouse is $3.00 per meal. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate.
  • Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department on Aging.

What activities are provided at the Neighborhood Center?

Each Neighborhood Center offers a variety of social activities and educational programs.

What hours are the Centers open?

Neighborhood Centers are open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m .- 1:00 p.m. A meal is served daily at 11:30 a.m.

What kind of food will be served?  

Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.  Modified diets are available: Regular diet.  No concentrated sweets such as cakes with frosting, sweetened fruit pies.  Nutrition Education for each month is printed on the back of each menu.

Do the Neighborhood Centers close if the weather is bad?

Centers will close if road or weather conditions are hazardous.

  • Listen to one of the following radio stations: KCMO AM-710, KCMO FM-94.9 or KMBZ AM 980, or watch one of the following TV stations: KMBC-TV 9, KSHB-TV 41 or WDAF-TV 4 regarding the closure of Johnson County Neighborhood Centers due to weather. OR
  • Call the Johnson County Center after 9:00 am to check if a Neighborhood Center is open. The Central Olathe Office may also be called at .913-715-8888 .

How can I volunteer at a Center?

Neighborhood Centers have many volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed to assist in meal service, social activities and educational programming. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 913-715-8859.

Legal Services

Legal Services - Seniors receive legal consultation and representation, education, and assistance with civil cases and access to public benefits, including issues such as housing, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, powers-of-attorney, living wills, and consumer advocacy. Services are provided by Kansas Legal Services (KLS) on a donation basis.  To be eligible for legal services, a client must live in Johnson County and be 60 years of age or older.

Appointments can be scheduled at several locations throughout Johnson County. 
To schedule an appointment, contact the center you wish to visit.  Be sure to provide the name of the older adult age 60+ for whom the service is requested.   Clients are not billed for services, but contributions are gratefully accepted. 
To apply for Kansas Legal Services, call their central intake line at 1-800-723-6953.

Monthly appointments can be scheduled at: 

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park.   913-826-3160 
    9 a.m.- 1 p.m.    2020: Oct  8,  Dec 10   2021: Feb 11, April 8, June 10, Aug. 12 
     
  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park.  913-826-2830
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  2020:    Oct. 21,  Nov. 18,   Dec. 16 
    2021:  Jan. 20,  Feb 17,  March 17,  April 21, May 19,  June 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 15
     
  • Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S Sunset, Olathe. 913-715-8860  
    9 a.m.- 1 p.m.   2020:  Nov. 12   2021: Jan. 14,  March 11,  May 13, July 8, Sept 9

The Elder Law Hotline also makes volunteer attorneys available at 1-888-353-5337 a toll free number.   

Also, see Legal Assistance in our Explore Your Options Directory for more resources.

Information and Referral Services

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging offers a single point of entry for services. Information & assistance specialists are your starting point for locating resources such as in-home services, congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, insurance, housing, and more.

Contact Information:

Information & Assistance Specialists
Aging Information Specialists

913-715-8861

1-888-214-4404  toll free

Contact Information & Assistance

The Information & Assistance Line is a telephone resource through which people may find out about services and resources in Johnson County. The phones are answered by information & assistance specialists, who will discuss options for each person’s particular needs.

We offer services such as housekeeping, attendant personal care, home-delivered meals, caregiver support, legal assistance, options counseling, and meals and socialization at neighborhood senior centers.

We also offer a variety of booklets and brochures regarding services for residents of Johnson County. We have information about all kinds of housing: subsidized housing, independent retirement communities, assisted living, board and care homes, skilled nursing facilities and continuing care.   See listings in our Explore Your Options directory online.

We have information about helpful options, such as medicaid, utility assistance, minor home repair, weatherization, money management and credit counseling organizations, transportation, legal assistance, employment, and more.

We also share information about activities and programs for seniors including recreation and fitness, volunteer opportunities, social events, and support groups.

Feel free to contact us to request information or discuss your needs.

In-Home Services

In-home services provide support for older adults who need services to maintain independent living.

Contact Information:

In-home services available:

  • Attendant Care – Attendant Care provides supervision or assistance with bathing, hair washing, shaving, dressing, toileting, medication, eating or transferring usually for an hour two-three times per week.
  • Case Management - Assistance to access or coordinate services may be provided following in-home service assessments.
  • Chore – Chore services help with heavy housework usually for four hours once annually.
  • Counseling - Counseling helps an older customer or family resolve problems or relieve temporary stress, and may include coordination of mental health services.
  • Homemaker – Homemaker services Include light housekeeping, laundry, shopping for a couple hours every week or two
  • Home-Delivered Meals  - Meals are delivered to homebound seniors five days a week before noon. Homebound means not driving and not able to get out of the home without assistance due to sickness, health issues, or diagnosed social anxiety conditions.
  • Medication Management - Nurses visit private homes weekly to set up medications and monitor their use.
  • Personal Emergency Response Monitoring - Seniors will get an alert system usually a bracelet or pendant they wear with a button to let their emergency contact or 911 know they need help in an emergency.
  • Respite Care – An in-home substitute caregiver can provide temporary relief of caregiving responsibilities for non-paid primary caregivers. Usually provided for four hours once a week.

How do I qualify for in-home services?

An assessment is completed to determine if there are service needs that can be met by services provided by the AAA or other community-based service providers. The assessment will include evaluation of problems that limit activities carried out in everyday life. For example, arthritis may make it difficult or impossible to vacuum, do laundry, or get in and out of the bathtub.

How much do in-home services cost?

The cost varies based on the type of service and the availability of a funding source to pay for services in whole or in part. Services may be on a sliding scale fee or donation basis. There is no charge for assessment and coordination of services.

Home-delivered meals are provided to homebound seniors and their spouses of any age for a suggested donation regardless of income. Donation letters and bills are sent at the end of each month.

Who provides the service?

The AAA contracts with community-based service agencies to provide services such as homemaking, attendant care, chore or medication management and respite care services. The AAA provides the assessment and the Home-Delivered Meals program.

Home-Delivered Meals

Home-Delivered Meals Logo of Spoon Fork Knife on Plate
Johnson County Home-Delivered Meals

The Area Agency on Aging provides home-delivered meals to frail and elderly homebound residents, age 60+ and their spouse. An evaluation of need must be completed by an Area Agency on Aging assessor to qualify for home-delivered meals.  Staff and volunteers deliver meals between 10:45 am and 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.

Donate to the Home-Delivered Meal Program

Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults. Diabetic meals are available.

The Monthly Menus and Nutrition Education are sent to all home-delivered meal clients and are posted here online:

Contact Us:

  • To request Home-Delivered Meals or find out more about the service, call the Aging Information line at Aging Information Specialists 913-715-8861  or toll free 1-888-214-4404  
  • To request a stop or a change in meal delivery, call 913-715-8896 .
  • To volunteer to deliver meals call the Volunteer Coordinator at 913-715-8895 . Volunteers are always needed and appreciated.
  • Current Home-Delivered Meals Volunteers: 913-715-8895
  • All other questions, Contact Aging Information.

Meal Donations:

The suggested donation for a person age 60+ and their spouse is $3 per meal. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate.  Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Meal Delivery Cancellations:

Meal delivery is cancelled during bad weather if road or weather conditions are hazardous.

  • “Blizzard meals” consist of shelf stable food items and are delivered at the beginning of winter. They are to be used in the event that a hot meal can not be delivered.
  • Listen to the following radio stations: KCMO AM-710, KCMO FM-94.9 or KMBZ AM 980, or watch the following TV stations: KMBC-TV 9, KSHB-TV 41 or WDAF-TV 4 regarding the cancellation of Johnson County Home-Delivered Meals. OR
  • The Central Olathe Office may also be called at 913-715-8896 if there are questions regarding meal delivery.

Home Plate Meal Program

The program is temporarily suspended.  

Feel free to request Meals on Wheels or discuss other service options
by contacting Information & Assistance 913-715-8861.

The Home Plate nutrition program is a program of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging supported by the Older Americans Act. The program provides short-term meal service to seniors and retired veterans to assist in their recuperation, decreasing the incidence of hospital readmission.

Contact Information:

Nutrition Program Staff
913-715-8810

1-888-214-4404- toll free(
 

Frequent Questions:

Who qualifies for the Home Plate meal program?

Patients age 60+, homebound, and discharging to a home in Johnson County from a participating hospital/rehabilitation facility can be referred for the Home Plate Meal Program by social service staff.

Seniors who have already been receiving the traditional Meals on Wheels program just prior to their hospital admission may restart their Meals on Wheels by calling 913-715-8896 .

How do I get started on the Home Plate Meal Program?

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are discharging from a participating hospital/rehabilitation facility, a hospital discharge planner or social work staff member, (or you, or your family/advocate) may make a referral to the program by calling the Information & Assistance line at 913-715-8861.   A microwavable 7-day frozen meal pack is available for anyone age 60+ discharging from our participating hospitals.

How much will the meal cost?

Donations are accepted.

When will the Home Plate meals be delivered?

Following a referral to the Home Plate nutrition program, a staff member with the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging will contact the patient to make arrangements to deliver the 7-day frozen meal pack to the patient at home within 72 hours of hospital discharge.

What support will the Nutrition Program staff provide for the Home Plate Nutrition Program?

A nutrition assessment will be made within 3 days of discharge, and follow-up calls will be placed to determine the need for additional services such as the Outreach Nurse Home Visiting Program from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, ongoing nutrition services, or supportive in-home services provided by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging.

What kind of food will be served?

Eligible seniors referred by social work staff from participating hospitals will receive one 7-day meal plan pack. Each meal includes a meat entree, vegetable, fruit, dessert, and whole wheat bread or cornbread, and milk. Meals are designed to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.

 

Commission on Aging

Commission on Aging representing 130,000 adults age 60 and over in Johnson County.
The Commission on Aging (COA) is a voluntary group of individuals appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The COA provides information, guidance, advice and support to the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and serves as a liaison to the BOCC concerning the needs of older county residents and services to meet those needs.

Current 2020-2021 COA members

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jocoaging/

The Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking candidates for the annual
Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award
.
The award honors individuals, groups, or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life for older adults and their families in Johnson County.
To request a nomination form, call the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) at 913-715-8860 or access the nomination form here.
Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 2, to: Kim Mann, c/o Area Agency on Aging, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061 or via e-mail to [email protected] .

COMMISSION ON AGING MEETINGS are open to the public and held at 9:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month (except June and December) in Olathe.
Until further notice COA Meetings will not be held in person in 2021, and will be online ZOOM meetings due to the pandemic.

Please call 913-715-8860 or email [email protected] for meeting information.

January 2021 Zoom Meeting

REQUESTING  A COA SPEAKER  If you would like someone from the COA to share more about their advocacy role and aging services in Johnson County, please call 913-715-8860 or email [email protected].


Aging Information and Help Lines

  • Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation in the community  1-800-922-5330
  • For Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation in a facility 1-800-842-0078
  • For Long Term Care Services and Support options in Johnson County, 913-715-8861

Kansas Government and Legislative Information

Legislative Priorities:

COA 2021 Legislative Platform  

2019 Aging Forum:  Focus groups and 100+ forum participants provided input and feedback regarding aging issues in 2019, The Commission on Aging (COA) compiled the following recommendations.

Advocates at 2019 Older Kansans Day
 
Commission on Aging (COA) members attended Older Kansans Day at the Capitol, an annual pre-pandemic event where AAAs around the State and their advisory board members meet with their respective Kansas Legislators.

Kansas Legislature
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/
Information about legislation, processes, state senators/representatives.
Citizens may reach out to their legislators by e-mail or phone.
Johnson County One Assist 
913-715-5000 will transfer you to the appropriate contact.

Kansas Legislative Hotline/Government Information
1-800-432-3924 or 1-785-296-2149 (out-of-state)
Operated during session by the State Library.

Kansas Legislative Research Department
http://www.kslegresearch.org/KLRD-web/Policy.html

Kansas Office of the Revisor of Statutes
http://www.ksrevisor.org/

Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit
http://www.kslpa.org/

Johnson County SHL Delegation Jeanie Adkins-Peine,Mary Penrose, Chuck Nigro, Katy Hoffman, Gary Scott, and Jerry Ireland
Kansas Silver Haired Legislators 

Johnson County SHL 
Kansas-shl.org

The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is a U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
and Administration for Community Living (ACL) website. NCLER provides practice tips and insight on health,
long term services and supports, economic security, consumer protection, housing, advanced care planning,
elder abuse, supported decision-making, and guardianship.  https://ncler.acl.gov/Resources.aspx   | 
 

CHAMPSS: Seniors Meal Plan

CHAMPSS - meal program

CHAMPSS - Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors

Johnson County Nutrition Program/AAA
11811 S. Sunset, Suite 1300 Olathe, KS 66061
913-715-8894
1-888-214-4404 toll free
[email protected]

What is the CHAMPSS program?

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Nutrition Program is pleased to offer a dining opportunity called CHAMPSS, a program for adults 60 or older and their spouses.

CHAMPSS, which stands for Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors, is offered through the Older Americans Act, a federally funded program, and the Nutrition Program/AAA.

Click on the Video to start the enrollment process.

CHAMPSS program resources:

CHAMPSS meals are available at the following Hy-Vee locations:

Through the program, seniors may receive a nutritious meal 7 days a week. Breakfast is served between 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Lunch is served 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Dinner is served 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. in the dining area of the grocery store. The Hy-Vee dietitian-approved menu allows seniors to select an entrée, fruit and vegetable of their choice, along with bread and low-fat milk.

Menus for the neighborhood centers and home delivery programs:

Frequent Questions about our meal programs

How do I enroll in the CHAMPSS Program?

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not offering in-person enrollment sessions. If you would like to enroll in the program, you will need to click on the CHAMPSS Program video at the top of this page. In the video, you will receive instructions on how to enroll.

How much does a CHAMPSS meal cost?

The suggested donation is $4.00 per meal. The actual cost of each meal is more than $6, so you are invited to be as generous as you can with your donation. Donations are sent in with your meal order, so there is no need to provide anything other than your swipe card at Hy-Vee. Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department on Aging. Please note, all donations are non-refundable.

How do I order more meals?

Current participants can print and complete the CHAMPSS Reorder Form, enclose your donation, and send your reorder to the address on the form. You may also reorder with your credit card by calling 913-715-8894 or ORDER CHAMPSS MEALS online!

 

Caregiver Support

The Area Agency on Aging sponsors services to support caregivers of frail older adults who need services to maintain independent living.

"There are only four kinds of people in this world. Those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady.

Contact:  913-715-8861 or 1-888-214-4404  toll free  or   E-Mail an Information Specialist

Caregiver Services

  • Caregiver Assessment –a free in-home meeting to review the caregiving situation, determine needs, support the caregiving role and develop a plan of services.
     
  • Caregiver Counseling – identification of caregiving concerns and approaches to resolving those concerns.
     
  • In-Home services - such as attendant care or bath aide, housekeeping and chore service, or weekly medication management for the older adult who is the focus of caregiving.
     
  • Respite Care – temporary relief of caregiving responsibilities for primary caregivers...usually for four hours once a week.

    Some Family Caregiver Support Initiative services are provided free-of-charge. Other direct services are available on a sliding scale or donation basis.

The Caregiver Assistance News

Request your free monthly newsletter for caregivers. 913-715-8860

Or read the current issues online: January 2021 and February 202

Trualta E-Learning and Print Resources for Caregivers

In 2021,  the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging is offering a personalized innovative eLearning program for family caregivers of loved ones with dementia – part of a national program created by Trualta. They offer skill-based training delivered through an online learning system built specifically for the family caregiver audience. Caregivers can also receive printed booklets to accompany the online information.

Topics include:

  • Personal care (e.g., tips for showering, toileting)
  • Dementia care (managing difficult situations like wandering, agitation, apathy)
  • Safety and injury prevention (identifying fall risks, safely moving and transferring)
  • Caregiver wellness (e.g., balancing work and caregiving)
  • Insights from dementia expert Teepa Snow

To participate call 913-715-8861.

Caregiver Booklets and Brochures

Request materials... 913-715-8861

  • Caring for an Older Adult
  • Caring for a Person with Memory Loss
  • Successful Respite Solutions
  • Getting Friends and Family Members to Help
  • 50 Ways to Support a Caregiver
  • Balancing Caregiving Family and Work
  • Creating a Safe Environment
  • Long Distance Caregiving
  • Making Communication Easier

Healthy Aging Brochures:

  • Healthy Aging
  • Healthy Eating and Older Adults
  • Improving Balance and Strength
  • Maximizing Memory
  • Physical Activity and Older Adults
  • Preventing Falls

CARE Nursing Home Pre-Admission Screening

Pre-Admission Screening

CARE stands for Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation. Everyone seeking a permanent move to a Kansas nursing facility must be assessed by the CARE program.

Contact Information:

Stacie Tripodi
CARE Coordinator
913-715-8857  (Voice)
or Aging Information Line
913-715-8861  (Voice)

1-888-214-4404 - toll free
(913) 715-8826 (Fax)
[email protected]

What is a CARE Assessment?

The assessment is a personal interview with the individual and family members or caregivers conducted by hospital personnel or staff from the Area Agency on Aging. The interview questions seek information about the need for assistance with activities such as bathing, meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry.

What happens after the assessment?

The results of the assessment are used to plan for long-term care services. The individual is provided with a certificate that shows the assessment was completed. The individual is also provided with information about community-based alternatives to living in a nursing facility.

Area Agency on Aging

The mission of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is to advocate for and assist older adults in maintaining their independence and dignity through community-based services. The AAA targets services to older adults with the greatest social and economic need and provides a variety of support services for caregivers.  

See Information re COVID-19 on the CDC Website

Information & Referral - The Aging Information Line at 913-715-8861 is your starting point for locating resources such as in-home services, congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, insurance, housing, and more.

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) - The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is a visible and trusted place where people can turn for information, assistance, and a single point of entry to public long-term support programs and benefits.   Also see the Explore Your Options Directory for services and resources for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Johnson County.

In-home Services - In-home services such as housekeeping, personal attendant care, respite care, medication management, and personal emergency response monitoring provide support for older adults who need services to maintain independent living.  

Nutrition Services - Nutrition Services provide hot noon meals at Neighborhood Centers and also provide volunteer-delivered hot lunches to homebound older adults.

Caregiver Support - The Area Agency on Aging sponsors assessment, counseling, and in-home services to support caregivers of frail older adults who need services to maintain independent living.

CARE Nursing Home Pre-admission Screening - CARE stands for Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation. Everyone seeking a permanent move to a Kansas nursing facility must be assessed by the CARE program.

The Commission on Aging (COA) is a voluntary group of individuals appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to provide information, guidance, advice and support to the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and to serve as a liaison to the BOCC concerning the needs of older county residents and services to meet those needs. COA meetings are open to the public and usually held at 9:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month in our Olathe office. Please call 913-715-8860  for meeting information. See more information at https://www.jocogov.org/coa

The Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature (KSHL) Kansas-shl.org is a legislative advocacy group of seniors age 60 and over from across the state. They meet each fall in Topeka to share issues of concern to seniors and recommend legislation to the state legislature. Johnson County has six delegates elected every two years.

Legal Services - Seniors receive legal consultation and representation, education, and assistance with civil cases and access to public benefits, including issues such as housing, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, powers-of-attorney, living wills, and consumer advocacy. Services are provided by Kansas Legal Services (KLS) on a donation basis. Appointments can be scheduled at several locations throughout Johnson County.

Private Care Management - Focuses on assisting individuals age 60 and over to live independently in the community.

Senior Flexercise is a stretching, strengthening, and flexibility program offered at some senior neighborhood centers. Call 913-642-6410  for more information.

SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans) is a program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained community volunteers about Medicare and other health insurance programs.  SHICK services in Johnson County are contracted with and available through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-633-5621.   

Volunteer Opportunities - The Area Agency on Aging offers many opportunities for volunteers to assist us in our mission of supporting health and independence for older adults in the county.

Aging & Disability Resource Center

Aging & 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 Johnson County Area Agency on Aging hosts your local ADRC. Feel free to contact the statewide call center for more information. Kansas ADRC centers.

Contact Information:

Information & Assistance Specialists
Johnson County Aging & Disability Resource Center
11811 S. Sunset, Suite 1300 Olathe, KS 66061
Email - Information & Assistance for ADRC

What happens when I contact the ADRC?

Initial calls to the ADRC can inform Information Specialists of a person's needs and start a process where resources and options to meet those needs are addressed. The Information Specialist can provide information and referral to community resources, an overview of eligibility criteria for public programs, and perspective on the process that is involved to get assistance.

The Information Specialist gathers information about a person's current needs and may provide information and referral, or refer a person on for more in-depth Options Counseling, and/or an Assessment for services.

How does the ADRC concept work in Kansas?

The state of Kansas has entered into an agreement with the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging, a representing entity for the Area Agencies on Aging serving all 105 Kansas counties, to provide ADRC services throughout the state. SWKAAA has subcontracted with the other 10 AAAs to provide a statewide ADRC.

Call Center Messaging:
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Information, referral, and assistance, as well as Options Counseling will be available to assist and direct the general population to benefits and services.  Functional assessments will be provided for Medicaid waiver programs for the Frail Elderly(FE), Physically Disabled(PD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Nursing Facility Level I CARE customers.  Read more about Home and Community Based Services at https://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)

See www.kancare.ks.gov for more information regarding the state's KanCare program. Consumers may be interested in Frequently Asked Questions on the KanCare site at  http://www.kancare.ks.gov/consumers/faq .