Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging

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NWMOAAA PROGRAMS INFORMATION

Supportive Services

TRANSPORTATION

 

Subsidized transportation in our 18-county area of Northwest Missouri is available in several forms depending on need and location.   We have a volunteer driver program called PAR (Provide a Ride) available in some counties, in which we provide trained volunteer drivers to take the client to his or her non-emergency medical appointment.  The Agency reimburses the PAR volunteer on a set per-mile basis. 

     If there is not a volunteer driver available, we offer client reimbursement.  It is for clients who have someone to drive them and feel the need to reimburse the driver but do not have the means to do so themselves.  The transportation program director can tell the client the reimbursement rate. 

    In addition, we provide public transportation vouchers in the St. Joseph area, and OATS vouchers for residents in the 18-county area, for non-emergency medical trips, essential business and shopping trips, and to go eat at a senior center nutrition site. 

Eligibility:  A person at least 60 years of age who has been assessed and shows adequate need.

Cost:  None – Voluntary Contribution Accepted

LEGAL

We contract with Legal Aid Services and participate in the Missouri Seniors' Legal Helpline to provide legal services to our client group.  

Help is available through the "Missouri Seniors' Legal Helpline" either online at www.moaging.com/legalhelp or by calling 800-235-5503

Through the helpline and the Area Agencies on Aging, people will receive simple information and assistance, as well as referrals to participating attorneys.  

 Eligibility: At least 60 year of age

Cost:  Private pay, program-funded or pro bono, depending on financial situation.

  

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

We publish a resource guide for grandparents to access information, resources and services they may need.   –LINK TO GUIDE--

Eligibility: Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren

Cost:  None – voluntary contribution

 We partner with ParentLink and their Grandfamilies program, particularly related to its support groups and WarmLine.

 Eligibility:  Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren

Cost:  None

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION AND INFORMATION

This is a service in which information and/or education is provided to the public about available services and programs.  It may also include training, exhibits, publications, etc.  Speakers and printed materials for many topics affecting seniors are available upon request.  Contact the NWMOAAA CEO for information. 

 Eligibility:  None

Cost:  None – Voluntary Contribution Accepted

 INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE

This service provides current information about services and opportunities available within a community to a client or caregiver.   It may include an assessment of the individual’s problems and capacities, linking the person to available services, and follow up if needed.  We can help clients find services, even if the Agency does not directly provide or sponsor them.

 Eligibility:   Must be at least 60 years of age, families and/or caregivers, or people who are 18-59 years of age, with disabilities.

Cost:  None – Voluntary Contribution Accepted

 

ENHANCED I & A (Aging Consultation, Benefits Counseling)  -- I&A is Information and Assistance

A staff person can meet with you and/or your family, caregivers, etc., to answer questions regarding specific problems, such as Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, personal assistance or mediation for a specific problem.

Eligibility: At least 60 years of age, their family and/or caregiver or individuals who are age 18-59, with  disabilities

Cost: None – voluntary contribution

 

OPTIONS COUNSELING

Options Counseling provides comprehensive, objective, up-to-date, user-friendly information about the full range of immediate and long-range options that are available.  This helps individuals understand available community support options, by assessing their needs and resources, and assisting them in developing and implementing their long-term support choices.

 Eligibility:  At least 60 years of age, their family and/or caregiver, or individuals who are 18-59 years of age, with disabilities

Cost:  None – Voluntary Contribution Accepted

ADVOCACY

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN

The word “Ombudsman” comes from a Swedish word and is “One who speaks on behalf of another.”

 The focus of the program is specifically for long term care residents and their families, unlike most of our services which focus on people living in the community.  With highly-trained staff, along with trained volunteers, we provide support and assistance with problems or complaints connected to a long-term care facility.   The program also seeks to diminish the sense of isolation experienced by residents, especially those without family.  The ombudsman can assist the resident and their families in knowing and exercising their rights, thereby maintaining their quality of life.

SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE

The Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) is a formally-elected body of individuals who are at least 60 year of age that promotes conscientious legislative advocacy for seniors.  All members are unpaid volunteers.  Their mission is to ascertain the needs of seniors, draw up bills and resolutions, and present them at the statewide conference.  The SHL meets for three days each fall to conduct a model legislative session.  At that time members present, debate and vote on a pre-approved docket of bills and resolutions that concern legislation which affects the lives of not only older adults, but all Missouri citizens.  From the docket, five bills having the highest priority are selected as the main focus in the Missouri General Assembly for the upcoming year.

MO SMP

MO SMP Specialists are staff members and retired professionals who attend a three-day training about Medicare, Medicaid, supplemental insurance and health care fraud and abuse.  These volunteers offer counseling and assistance with these issues, free of charge.

GENERAL ADVOCACY

The Board of Directors, staff members and the entire network of the Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging take an active role in advocating for senior issues, whether they are federal, state or local.  These issues vary greatly and can include funding and legislation, local ordinances, codes, projects and services.  We take our role of being the voice of seniors very seriously, but we are also very proactive in informing and enabling seniors and their caregivers to speak for themselves.

HEALTHY LIVING and EVIDENCE BASED PROGRAMS

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN INFORMATION

I&A and BENEFITS COUNSELING

 Information & Assistance

Options Counseling Information

Benefits Counselor

CAREGIVER INFORMATION

Taking Care of the Caregivers

Caregiver Program Brochure

OTHER INFORMATION

Medicare Information and Fraud Awareness

 

Timely News and Information

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