KIPDA Area on Aging and Independent Living Programs & Services

Senior center participants

Aging & Disability Resources Center (ADRC)

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is the first place for individuals to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. Whether you are looking for yourself, you are a concerned family member or friend, or a professional working with issues related to aging or disabilities, an ADRC Specialist can find you the resources you need. An ADRC Specialist can assist you with:

  • locating information and resources about aging or living with a disability
  • understanding and navigating available long-term care options
  • applying for programs such as in-home services, Medicaid waivers, non-emergency transportation, and caregiver programs.

Medicaid Waiver Services

Kentucky Medicaid Waivers provides in-home care and community support services to an individual of any age with a physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disability to help them remain in or return to their homes. Services include Case Management, minor home adaptation, adult day healthcare, homemaking, personal and attendant care, goods, and supplies. KIPDA is the provider of two Medicaid Waiver programs. Participant Directed Services (PDS) allows participants to hire providers of their choosing that may include friends and sometimes family. This option gives participants freedom of choice, flexibility, and control over their services and supports. Traditional Waiver Services allows the participant to receive services from Medicaid-approved agencies within their communities.

Transportation Services

KIPDA's senior transportation options accommodate the challenges that seniors and individuals with disabilities face when trying to find transportation. Senior centers in the region provide transportation to and from KIPDA-funded senior centers and several nutrition sites. Non-emergency medical transportation provides transportation to and from medical appointments, medical therapies, hospitals, clinics, and other health-related services. The Transportation voucher program assists seniors to pay for transportation to medical appointments by using a self-directed personal assistance model which allows participants to choose who provides their rides.

Family Caregiver Support

The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides the support that assists family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. The program provides these types of services:

  • individual counseling
  • organization support groups
  • caregiver training
  • respite care
  • supplemental services
  • home modifications

These services work in conjunction with other community-based services to provide a coordinated set of supports.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Kentucky Family Caregiver Program is a state-funded supportive services program offered to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Grandparents of any age in Kentucky who are the primary caregiver for a grandchild under the age of 18, who meet financial and other guidelines, and are not receiving Kinship Care may be eligible to receive financial assistance or supportive services. This program provides:

  • information about available services
  • assistance in gaining access to services
  • counseling
  • information about support groups and caregiver training
  • financial assistance for the purchase of clothing, respite assistance, educational supplies, legal services, and other authorized expenses

Nutrition Program

The Nutrition program for older persons and the Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP) supports home- and community-based nutrition services for older adults. The nutrition program provides balanced meals to individuals 60 years of age and older along with their spouses. The program also provides nutrition screening, assessment, and education to help participants meet their nutritional needs. There are two components to this program:

  • Congregate meal services are available at community meal sites where elders are encouraged to attend not only to eat a meal but also to socialize and participate in activities. These activities vary by site but can include exercise, games, trips, education, and information about local supports and services.
  • Home delivered meals services provides funding for meals served in the home of elders who are unable to attend a community meal site. The program provides the same level of information and education as the congregate meal's services, just without social activities.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides educational assistance to an individual or their caregivers who are aging into Medicare, receiving Medicare due to a disability, or already have Medicare and are in need of guidance. SHIP also assists those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Assistance can be provided over the phone or in person. SHIP is a national program that works with dedicated counselors from different entities within the community to assist the Medicare Beneficiaries within the KIPDA region. The volunteer counselors help with a multitude of things including, but not limited to, one on one assistance, over the phone assistance, outreach, educational classes, and assisting with applications for Medicare Savings Programs.

The Assister Program

The Assister Program is comprised of health insurance assisters throughout the community to assist an individual with enrollment into plans located in the Health Benefit Exchange. KIPDA Assisters assist individuals not only in the KIPDA region but also in the counties including Breckinridge, Carroll, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington. Assisters can enroll individuals in Modified Adjusted Gross Income Medicaid (MAGI-Medicaid for short). This is different than other forms of Medicaid, as it is determined strictly by income level, not a disability or other factors. The Assisters in this program are also trained in enrolling individuals in insurance plans on the Healthcare.gov website.

In-Home Services

This program assists individuals over the age of 60 to remain in their homes and avoid premature placement in long-term care facilities. In-home supports can provide services that encompass a wide range of non-medical services. These services include:

  • assessment and case management
  • homemaking
  • personal care
  • escort
  • respite

Senior Centers

Senior centers in our region have long been important community resources for older adults and their families. KIPDA-funded senior centers provide a wide range of supportive services that enhance the quality of life and promote healthy, positive, and active aging. General services include, but are not limited to:

  • advocacy
  • counseling
  • education
  • health and wellness programs
  • friendly visiting
  • telephone reassurance
  • information and assistance
  • outreach and transportation

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

This program coordinates with Senior Centers, health departments, pharmacies, other social service agencies, educational establishments, and hospitals to promote evidence-based programs. Health promotion fairs are planned to increase awareness and involvement within the community for older adults. Health promotions programs strive to strengthen advocacy related to health issues for older adults. This support effort is realized through local, regional, state and national efforts. Examples of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program and activities include The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, The Diabetes Self-Management Program, Walk with Ease, Falls Talk and more.

To learn more about KIPDA's Division of Social Services please check us out on the KIPDA Facebook page, at www.kipda.org; or by contacting our ADRC at 502-266-5571.