What services does the AAAIL offer?

The Barren River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is the recognized leader dedicated to providing access to a wide array of comprehensive community-based services and resources for older persons, disabled individuals and their caregivers, which will enable them to maintain independence, dignity, and quality of life while living in their own home and communities. In order to fulfill our vision of ensuring that all elderly and disabled people have a high quality of life, AAAIL administers programs like the Federal Older American’s Act, State Homecare, Center For Medicare and Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver programs and more to assist elderly and disabled individuals to live in their own homes and communities.

The Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living is responsible for developing, implementing and administering an Area Plan on Aging. The Area Plan is a comprehensive delivery system of services to seniors in the Barren River ten-county area; Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren Counties

For additional information, contact:

 Alecia Johnson - Aging Director
Ashley Pennington - Waiver Coordinator
Cody Moats  - Program Coordinator
Josh Ritchie - Family Caregiver Support Coordinator
Mikayla Patterson - ADRC Coordinator

BRADD-AAAIL Area Plan

Title III Older Americans Act Services

The Title III Older Americans Act program provides for home and community-based services for elderly individuals 60 years of age and older. Included in the OAA is a wide array of in - home services such as assessment, case management, home-delivered meals, personal care, and home management. Older American’s Act also covers services offered through senior centers. Senior Centers are located in every county in the BRADD region. At the centers, elderly individuals can become acquainted with each other and learn about services available in the community. Services at Senior Centers include congregate meals, transportation, disease prevention and health promotion services, information and assistance, outreach, transportation, public information, disease prevention and health promotion.

Community Resource Guides

Homecare

It is the goal of the Homecare Program to provide an array of essential services in the home of those Kentuckians over the age of 60 whose functional limitations and lack of adequate informal support creates a danger of institutional placement. Services include homemaker, personal care, home management, home delivered meals, respite, escort and assessment/case management.

Assessment: The collection and evaluation of information about a person's situation and functioning to determine the applicant’s or recipient’s service level and development of a plan of care utilizing a holistic, person-centered approach by a qualified case manager.
Case Management:  A process, coordinated by a case manager, for linking a client to appropriate, comprehensive, and timely home or community based services as identified in the Plan of Care.
Home Management:  Provision of assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS) that include general household activities such as shopping, laundry and routine household care, provided by a trained homemaker. 
Personal Care: Provision of assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, toileting, transferring in and out of bed/chair and walking.  This service is provided when the person regularly responsible for these activities is temporarily absent or unable to manage the home and care for themselves or others in the home.
Respite: Care provided by an approved caregiver of an agency for a designated time period because of absence or need for relief of a primary caregiver.
Escort: Personal accompaniment of a frail elderly person who requires assistance to and from a medical appointment.

AAAIL Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

It is the goal of the Aging and Disability Resource Center to provide information and assistance regarding programs and services that assist the elderly and disabled population throughout our BRADD ten-county region. The ADRC is housed within the BRADD/AAAIL and serves as a valuable tool to connect the aging and disabled population with the resources they need.

Community Resource Guides

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The BRADD State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their families and caregivers with the sometimes complicated red tape of Medicare, Medicaid, and other private and public health insurance programs. This service is provided at no charge, by local and well-trained counselors. The program seeks to educate the general public and Medicare beneficiaries so they are better able to make informed decisions about their health care.  SHIP does not sell any health insurance products.

Personal Care Attendant Program

It is the goal of the Personal Care Attendant Program to provide assistance for the mentally alert, severely physically disabled adult 18 years of age or older who wants to live independently but needs both the help of a personal care attendant and the financial assistance necessary to hire an attendant. The program is designed to provide severely physically disabled adults (at risk of institutional care) the opportunity to live within their homes and communities.

Family Caregiver Support Programs

Funded under the Title III-E of the Older Americans Act, the Barren River Family Caregiver Support Program provides assistance to Family Caregivers caring for an elderly individual 60 years of age and older, or a relative caregiver 55 years of age and older caring for children not more than 18 years of age. Services provided for caregivers include:

  • Information about services,
  • assistance in gaining access to supportive services,
  • caregiver counseling,
  • education and support groups,
  • respite and supplemental services.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, or relative caregiver, may be eligible for services if they are 55 years of age or older and are caring for a grandchild or a child who is related to them by blood, marriage, or adoption. The grandparent or relative caregiver must live with the child who is age 18 or younger, be the primary caregiver of the child, and have a legal relationship to the child such as legal custody or guardianship, or is raising the child informally.  The parents of the child cannot live in the same household.  An adult age 19-59 with a disability may also receive services if they are under the care of a grandparent or relative caregiver. Services include information, access to supportive services, grandparent counseling, education and support groups, respite and supplemental services.

Home and Community Based Waiver (Participant Directed and Traditional)

It is the goal of the Home and Community Based Waiver to provide in-home supports for older adults and persons with physical disabilities that want to remain in their own home rather than in a Long-Term Care Facility. Anyone who is Medicaid-eligible and requires assistance with personal care, homemaking and supervision for safety may be eligible for this program.  The program allows for Participant Directed Services which allows the member greater choices of their care providers. Under Participant Directed Services, a participant may hire a person of their choosing or the participant may choose a traditional agency also known as traditional waiver, to meet their care needs. HCBW Participant Directed Services and Traditional waiver provides in-home supports such as personal care, homemaking, respite and adult day care services.  

Michelle P Waiver Services

Michelle P Waiver (MPW) is a Medicaid Waiver program developed as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. MPW allows individuals to remain in their homes with services and support. Persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities who require a protective environment while learning skills, educational experience, awareness of their environment and meet Medicaid financial eligibility requirements are eligible for MPWs. MPW services may include community living supports, personal care, homemaking, and respite services. BRADD/AAAIL offers service advisor services for Michelle P Waiver Members.

Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)

Services will be provided by the BRADD/AAAIL to locate and assist Medicare beneficiaries

with completing applications for Low Income Subsidy (LIS) or “Extra Help,” which assists with Medicare Part D costs, as well as assisting with Medicare Savings Program applications, which help pay for the Medicare Part B Premiums.

Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program helps Medicare recipients pay for their Part D drug costs, assisting with co-pays, monthly premiums, and deductibles.
Medicare Savings Program (MSP) can help lower Medicare Part B costs, assisting with premiums, co-pays, and deductibles.

Long-Term Care and Ombudsman Services and Elder Abuse Prevention Programs

The ombudsman program is designed to receive, investigate, resolve and report complaints on behalf of residents in Long-Term Care Facilities. The Ombudsman assists with residents by empowering them to have a voice and understand their rights regarding their care. The LTC Ombudsman program recruits volunteers who advocate for and assist elderly and disabled individuals throughout their care. 

Elder Abuse Prevention program is utilized to develop and strengthen community activities to prevent and treat elder abuse, neglect, and exploitations.  The program also provides for a comprehensive approach to identifying and assisting older individuals subject to abuse, neglect and exploitation. This takes place in coordination with other state and local programs and services to protect vulnerable elderly individuals.

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is often a silent crime. Most of us never see it because most victims are abused behind closed doors by their own family members. And, too often, people who do see it choose not to get involved because it’s “none of my business.” The law says it’s our business. Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state. (Reference KRS 209.030) If you suspect elder abuse, you are legally required to report it. You can report abuse at the 24 hour toll free hotline 1-800-752-6200, calls can be made anonymously.

Kentucky Adult Protective Services

Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection

Link to Kentucky Elder Abuse Awareness

 

Where do I send referrals?

All referral for services through the BRADD/AAAIL can be made by calling the AAAIL Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 270-782-9223 or 1-800-395-7654. We appreciate hearing from our local officials to help meet the needs of your citizens who are struggling to live independently in their homes or are in need of assistance.