The Commission on Aging administers a variety of community-based programs for the aging population through contracts and grants of state and federal funds. The programs administered include Older Americans Act, congregate and home-delivered meals, caregiver programs, in-home services, Senior Care Act services and Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation (CARE) program, as well as quality assurance programs for the Older Americans Act and Senior Care Act. In addition, it is responsible for the Aging and Disability Resource Center, or ADRC. ADRC is the single entry point for older adults and persons with disabilities to connect with local experts who can help them choose a long-term care option.
The Commission oversees and implements grants that assist individuals who are aging or have a disability under Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK), Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), Lifespan Respite and Community Transition Opportunities. The SHICK program assists individuals with questions related to Medicare. The SMP program educates the community about reporting Medicare/Medicaid and health-care fraud and abuse, and how to identify and report scams.
The Commission’s Community Transitions Opportunities program works with nursing facilities to identify residents who wish return to living in a community setting.