The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is a trusted source of information where people of all ages, abilities and income levels - and their caregivers - can go to obtain assistance in planning for their future long-term service and support needs. The ADRC is designed to empower older adults and persons with disabilities to make informed choices about their services and supports. Staff at the ADRC provide objective information and assistance to help people access private or publicly funded service programs.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has contracted with the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging, which subcontracts with the state’s 10 other Area Agencies on Aging to function as individual parts of the ADRC. "In establishing this statewide network of ADRCs, we are creating a person-centered, community-based environment that promotes independence and dignity for individuals," said KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett.
ADRC serves the entire state in providing people of all incomes and ages with information on the full range of long-term support options. ADRC provides individual personalized Options Counseling Services through local Community Options Specialists who can meet with you to help you sort through your options and connect you to services based on your own preferences, strengths and values.
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.
The ADRC has a statewide call center that is operated by knowledgeable staff trained in community resource information. The call center is a wealth of resource information for community services (in-home services, transportation, home delivered meals, etc.). Call center staff can link individuals to a local Options Counselor or to appropriate services and supports (ex.: PACE or KanCare providers, home health agencies, etc.). The call center is answered Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and individuals can leave a message after hours. Each ADRC is open to the public for personalized information and assistance.
For individuals who are interested in a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program (Frail Elderly, Physically Disabled and those with Traumatic Brain Injury), or Money Follows the Person (MFP), the ADRC can conduct the functional assessment needed to determine eligibility for the appropriate HCBS program. For those interested in entering a nursing facility, the ADRC can inform individuals about their choices in long term care settings. The ADRC can complete a CARE assessment prior to nursing facility admission.
For more information or to talk with an options counselor, call 855-200-2372.