Category Archives: Senior Citizen Services

VIP 501 Club Topeka Public Schools USD 501

624 SW 24th Street
Topeka, KS 66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 295-3059

Marilyn Greeve, Clerk of the Board

Mission Statement: To show the schools’ appreciation to patrons of the district for their past and continued support of public education in the community

Hours:  7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Members will be issued free lifetime passes (with some limitations)

Eligibility:  Any person 65 or older and a resident in the USD 501 area or has grandchildren in USD 501 schools

How to Apply: At the Clerk’s Office, USD 501 Burnett Administrative Center, 624 SW 24th Street (m) or through any one of the three high school offices

Fees: None

Funding: Topeka Public Schools, USD 501

Topeka Jayhawk Legal Services for Seniors Kansas Legal Services

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712 S Kansas Avenue, Suite 201
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-8531
Toll Free: (800) 723-6953
Fax: (785) 233-2096
TDD: (785) 233-4028
Marilyn Harp, Executive Director
Bethany Roberts, Managing Attorney


Mission Statement: Kansas Legal Services, a statewide non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping low income Kansans meet their basic needs through the provision of essential legal, medication and employment training services

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • For Senior Citizens: Provide legal assistance or advice to low-income, home bound, or institutionalized citizens aged 60 or older,  residing in Shawnee,  Douglas and  Jefferson counties who would be otherwise unable to gain access to legal counsel
  • Representation and advice for Income Maintenance (Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Supplemental Security Income and other government benefits)
  • Housing (public housing, subsidized housing, residential landlord / tenant disputes, nursing home problems)
  • Health Care (Medicaid, Medicare and insurance issues)
  • Consumer Problems including debt relief, student loans, and disputed consumer transactions
  • Advance Directives: Powers of attorney, living wills, wills and will alternatives.
  • Elder Hotline: (888) 353-5337

Eligibility: Client must be at least 60 years of age

How to Apply: Call (800) 723-6953 or online at www.kansaslegalservices.org

Fees: There are no fees charged to seniors served with Older Americans Act funds or county funding.  Donations are accepted. In certain circumstances reduced fee services may be offered

Funding: Older Americans Act, Shawnee County; Service Programs for the Elderly, Douglas County

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Silver Lake Senior Citizen Center

404 E Lake Street
Silver Lake, KS 66539 (m)
Phone: (785) 582-5371

Mary Hardman, Site Director

Mission Statement: To provide recreation, nutrition and mobility to senior citizens in the Silver Lake area

Hours:  8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • This project offers social activities, transportation, shopping assistance and serves as a congregate meal site

Eligibility: Age 60 and over

How to Apply: Come to the center.  Meals should be ordered 24 hours in advance

Fees: None. Donations are encouraged

Funding: Shawnee County, contributions and fund raisers

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans (SHICK)

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503 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Toll Free: (800) 860-5260
Fax: (785) 296-0256

Shawn Sullivan, Secretary

 

 

Mission Statement: Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans educates the public and assists consumers on topics related to Medicare and health insurance so they can make informed decisions

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday except holidays

Services: Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans provides the following services through trained volunteers in your community

  • Consumer education services provides objective information about Medicare A,B,C, and D, Medicare Supplement insurance, long-term care insurance, prescription drug assistance, receiving Medicare through managed care plans and other insurance related topics.  Consumers receive information through public forums, presentations to organizations and groups, displays, radio, television and a variety of printed materials.
  • Confidential sessions with trained counselors focus on specific information or problems.  Individual counseling sessions are an effective way to objectively provide information on health insurance coverage, claims assistance, and referrals to appropriate agencies.  Individual decision-making and problem-solving are supported at all times.

Eligibility: Those individuals on Medicare or about to begin Medicare coverage, their families and caregivers

How to Apply: Call to find the sponsoring organization

Fees: None

Funding: Federal grant program

Sponsoring Organizations:

  • Shawnee / Jefferson Counties
    Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Clients
    Vanessa Merillat, SHICK Coordinator
    2910 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, KS 66611 (m)
    Phone: (785) 235-1367
    Toll Free: (800) 798-1366
    Fax: (785) 354-5346
    Email: vmerillat@jhawkaaa.org
  • K-State Research & Extension, SNCO
    Cindy Evans, County Extension Agent
    1740 SW Western Avenue, Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
    Phone: (785) 232-0062
    Fax: (785) 232-0093
    Website: www.shawnee.ksu.edu

Senior Adult Program Shawnee County Parks and Recreation

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1534 SW Clay Street
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone:  (785) 251-2975
Fax:  (785) 368-2542



Mission Statement: To serve senior adults, generally over age 50, through a variety of programs

Hours: Varies according to program schedule

Services:

  • New Beginnings Choir
  • Kansas Senior Olympics
  • Dance Lessons
  • Bridge Lounge
  • Crafts
  • Fitness Classes: Drop-in Basketball, Drop-in Co-Rec Softball, Drop-in Shuffleboard
  • Special social events
  • Workshops / Classes

Eligibility:  All the Shawnee County’s senior adult population (no one is excluded due to area of residence)

How to Apply: Call (785) 251-2975 for information

Fees: Generally paid by seven-week class session (varies in summer)

Funding: Shawnee County and user fees

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RSVP of Shawnee and Douglas Counties United Way Topeka

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1315 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 228-5124
Fax: (785) 273-2467
Email: mkaberline@unitedwaytopeka.org

Michelle Kaberline, Contact

 


Mission Statement:
To engage persons 55 or over in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers through significant community service work and personal development

Hours:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:
Established in 2007 as a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program engages persons age 55 and older in volunteer service in the areas of food delivery, companionship, transportation, food distribution (packaging and distributing), food pantry, training for emergency preparedness, financial mentoring, tax filing assistance, building homes (Habitat), mentoring pre – school kids (Head Start, mentoring school-age students, and tutoring K – 12 student.  RSVP reimburses for mileage to and from the volunteer job (limited funds) and provides free supplemental liability insurance to these volunteers.)

Eligibility:  55 or older

How to Apply:  (785) 228-5124 or log onto the website at www.unitedwaytopeka.org

Fees: none

Funding:  The Corporation for National and Community Service, and the United Way of Greater Topeka

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Rossville Senior Center

429 Pearl Street
PO Box 403
Rossville, KS  66533 (m)
Phone: (785) 584-6364

George Sullivan, President

Mission Statement: To provide nutrition, recreation and mobility to senior citizens in the Rossville area

Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Transportation, if needed, to and from the meal site
  • Well-balanced, complete meals five days a week
  • Home-delivered meals to the ill or disabled
  • Every other week exercise program

Eligibility: Age 60 or over

How to Apply:  Call or visit the center

Fees: None.  Contributions are encouraged

Funding: Shawnee County Service Program for the Elderly and contributions

Red Carpet Library Services

Topeka Shawnee County Public Library

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Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 580-4545
TTY: (785) 580-4544
Fax: (785) 580-4430

Nathan Hohl, Red Carpet librarian 

Mission Statement: To provide library materials, services and access to older adults, individuals with special needs and their caregivers through personalized, individual and customized service. Red Carpet Service will deliver these services to congregate living sites, individuals in their homes and walk-in patrons on a consistent and regularly – scheduled basis.

 

Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm , Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Sunday

Services:

  • Outreach: Staff and volunteers prepare and deliver materials every two weeks to people living in retirement complexes and adult care facilities.  Red Carpet also delivers to senior centers and meal sites.
  • Homebound Program: Staff calls, selects and delivers materials directly to homebound individuals and pick up returns once every two weeks.
  • Older Adult Programming: Staff and volunteers present programs ranging from informational programs about low vision aids or assistive devices to recreational programs of reminiscence.
  • Materials: Large print books and magazines, reminiscence kits, TTY, information regarding various aging issues, therapeutic games, low vision aids, Bi-Folkal kits, assistive hearing devices.
  • Low Vision / Assistive Hearing Device Center: Staff and volunteers are available to demonstrate low vision / assistive aids to anyone interested.  Magnifiers and assistive hearing devices are available to check out for three weeks.
  • TTY Service Desk: individuals with hearing loss can call 785-580-4544 and ask reference questions.
  • Adaptive Computer Center: Three computers with screen reading programs (JAWs), screen magnification programs (Zoom text), open book, big key keyboard, hands free keyboard, trackball mouse, hands free mouse, etc., for individuals who have low vision, are blind, or have a disability preventing them from using a regular computer.
  • Talking Book Service: Staff can assist with signing up for the Talking Books program by providing applications and information regarding the service.

Eligibility: Outreach services for Shawnee County

How to Apply:  Call or visit the library

Fees: None

Funding: The City of Topeka and Shawnee County

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PRN Home Health and Hospice for Northeast Kansas

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1010 Lincoln Street
PO Box 228
Wamego, KS 66547 (m)
Phone: (785) 456-7764
Toll Free: (800) 222-6344
Fax: (785) 456-7194
Email: jodied@wamego.net

Jodie Dodge, Chief Executive Officer

Mission Statement:  Committed to providing a level of quality care that encourages the safe and cost-effective delivery of home health services, maximizing client autonomy, and coordination of community and Agency resources to decrease illness burden and unnecessary duplication of services, thereby promoting positive patient outcomes.

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Nurse on call 24 hrs a day 7 days a week

Services:

  • Home Health – provides skilled Nursing (RN, LPN), Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Social Worker and Home Health Aide
  • Hospice Services – provides RN, LPN, Physical
  • Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Health Aide, Medical Social Worker and Chaplain; all under the direction of a Medical Director

Eligibility: We are Medicare certified for Home Health. Client must have a skilled need, be homebound and have a doctor who will sign orders in regard to client needing our services. For Hospice, client must be under supervision of their primary care provider and have a diagnosis that warrants six months or less to live

How to Apply: Call our office or speak with your physician to get orders to start services.

Fees:  No fees if Medicare. Some private pay insurances have co-pay that may come into play

Funding:  Medicare

Prestige Home Care of Kansas, Inc

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515 Delaware Street
Leavenworth, KS  66048 (m)
Phone: (913) 680-0493
Fax: (913) 651-4631
Toll free: (888) 680-0493
Email: larry.martin@ksprestigehomecare.com

Geri Martin, CRNA, President

Mission Statement:  Provide the finest quality home care service at a fair price

Hours:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Services:

  • Light Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Meal preparation/assistance with eating
  • Shopping and errand assistance
  • Transportation to Dr., grocery store, pharmacy
  • Medication reminders
  • Ambulation and exercise assistance
  • Assistance with dressing
  • Companionship
  • Bath aide services

Eligibility: Programs include VA, Older Americans Act, Senior Care Act, Medicaid

How to Apply: Call our toll free number

Fees:  Call our toll free number to discuss fee schedule

Funding:  Not applicable

Presbyterian Manor of Topeka

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4712 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-6510
Fax: (785) 272-0496

Marsha Anderson, Marketing Director

 

Our Mission: We provide quality senior services guided by Christian Values
Our Vision: Together we are making positive differences in the lives of seniors

Hours: 24 hours a day – 365 days a year

Services:

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Long – Term Care
  • PATH – Post Acute to Home inpatient rehabilitation therapy

Eligibility: Senior Citizen

How to Apply: Call Marsha Anderson at (785) 272-6510

Fees:  Call (785) 272-6510 for fee information

Funding: Faith based non – profit organization funded by private pay, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental insurance, and donations to the Good Samaritan program

Papan’s Landing Senior Center

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619 NW Paramore Street
Topeka, KS 66608 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-1968
Fax: (785) 232-1102
Email: Debbie@papanslanding.kscoxmail.com

Debbie Lake, Center Director

 


Mission Statement:  
To provide services that will assist the elderly to remain independent and in their homes for as long as possible

Hours: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Transportation: provides seniors in the Topeka are with transportation to and from medical appointments. Clients in North Topeka and Oakland areas, to and from Medical appointments, to the center for daily activities, shopping and business trips.
  • Recreation is provided to clients Monday through Friday at the center from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Recreation included games, exercises, entertainment; information of services available, nutritional bingo, lunch provided by Meals on Wheels / Friendship Meals.  Short day trips.
  • Home Visiting and Telephone Reassurance is to provide shut in clients with and / or phone call to check on status and to add comfort when needed.  To provide information of services available.

Eligibility: Services are available to citizens age 60 and older

How to Apply: (785) 232-1968 Need at least 24 hour notice for transportation services

Fees: Donation

Funding: Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging

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Older Kansan Employment Program

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200 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 270-5271 ext 271
Fax: (785) 354-7145
Email: denisef@letshelpinc.org

Denise Fasse, Program Coordinator

Mission Statement: Older Kansas Employment Program (OKEP) offers individual’s 55 or older assistance in finding employment or transitioning from one job to another, proving the older worker can bring mature judgment, excellent skills, loyalty and the experience working with people to the workplace.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Free Services:

  • Resume Writing
  • Applications
  • Interview techniques
  • Networking
  • Job Leads
  • Completing a GED
  • Computer training and lab
  • Job Club support meetings

Eligibility: Fifty five years and older

How to Apply: (785) 270-5264 for an appointment

Fees: None

Funding: Let’s Help and the Kansas Department of Commerce

Midland Care Adult Day Health Services

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130 SW Frazier Circle
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-2044
Fax: (785) 232-5567
Toll Free: (800) 491-3691

 


Mission Statement:
Meeting individual needs through innovative healthcare solutions

Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Personal care such as bathing, oral care and toileting
  • Physical assessments and individual care plans
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Medication administration
  • Specialized diets
  • Contact with primary physician and pharmacy
  • Activities include:

–   Outings in the community

–   Art, music, gardening, and games

–   Recreational activities

–   Exercise

Eligibility: Adults who cannot be at home alone and are interested in participating in group activities. Through programs, medical services, and peer socialization, we maintain the independence, dignity, and self-esteem of adults, age 18 and older, in a safe, secure, and stimulating environment.

How to Apply: (785) 232-2044 for information

Fees: (785) 232-2044 for information

Funding: Long-term care insurance, Medicaid, VA insurance, Care for the Caregiver funds, private pay, fundraising, donations and memorial contributions

Midland Care Connection, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program

Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Inc

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2701 SW East Circle Drive S, Suite 2
Topeka, KS  66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 295-3980
Fax: (785) 295-3999
Email:  mow@mowks.org

Heidi Pickerell, President & CEO

Mission Statement: We exist to nourish the elderly and / or homebound people in our community.

 

 

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Home delivered meals are available on a short – term or long – term basis in Shawnee and Jefferson counties, including rural areas. Some individuals may receive meals seven days a week.
  • Good nutrition and safety checks can help ensure avoidance of hospitalizations, re-hospitalizations, and nursing facility placements.  They also help manage chronic diseases and independence.

Eligibility: Persons 60+ years of age who are homebound or isolated, or a caretaker / spouse of a 60+ individuals, as long as it is in the person’s best interest.  Cost-shared meals are available regardless of age.

How to Apply: Call (785) 295-3980 or visit our website at www.mowks.org

Fees:  Client donations toward the cost of meals are suggested but no eligible person will be turned down regardless of the inability to pay.

Funding: Federal, state, local agencies, fundraising and grants as well as client contributions

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LULAC Multipurpose Senior Center, Inc

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1502 Seward Avenue
Topeka, KS  66616 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-5809 or (785) 233-7498
Fax: (785) 233-1828
Email: lulacsnrctr@lulac.kscoxmail.com

Jessica Sariñana-Kelly, Executive Director

 


Mission Statement:
The Topeka LULAC Senior Center, Inc. provides affordable transportation and other services for senior citizens and disabled individuals in order to promote their independence and to live satisfying lives

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Transportation, escorting, shopping, visiting and groceries on wheels
  • Outreach, telephone reassurance, translation and interpretation
  • Recreation, physical fitness, greenhouse activities and meal site for friendship meal

Eligibility: Clients must be 60 years old or disabled

How to Apply: (785) 234-5809 or apply in person

Fees: Donations encouraged

Funding: United Way of Greater Topeka, City Social Service funds, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Shawnee County Service Program for the Elderly, LULAC Council #11071 and the Kansas Department of Transportation

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Long Term Care Ombudsman State of Kansas

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Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1041
Topeka, KS  66612-1220 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-3017
Fax: (785) 296-3916
Toll Free: (877) 662-8362
Email: LTCO@da.ks.gov

Barbara J. Hickert, Executive Director


Mission Statement:
To advocate for the well-being, safety, and rights of residents of Kansas long term care facilities by assisting them in attaining the highest possible quality of life

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • To investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents relating to action or in-action of adult care homes

Eligibility: Anyone who live in a long term care facility. (We do not go to Mental Health Facilities or Prison Facilities)

How to Apply:  Call us toll free at (877) 662-8362 or (785) 296-3017

Fees: None

Funding:  Federal Older Americans Act (OAA) Title VII, Federal Older Americans Act Title III, Federal Title XIX, State General Fund

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Lift Service Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority

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820 SE Quincy Street
Topeka, KS  66612 (m)
Phone: (785)783-7000 (Voice or TDD)
Fax: (785)354-8476

Susan Duffy, General Manager

 

 

 

Mission Statement: To provide door-to-door transportation for persons with disabilities, including the non-ambulatory

Service Hours: 5:45 am – 6:30 pm, Monday – Friday
7:45 am – 6:30 pm, Saturday
No service on Sundays or major holidays
Ride Request Taken: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm everyday (voice mail on holidays and weekends)

Services:

  • “Lift Service,” a demand-responsive transportation system.  Rides must be scheduled by 5:00 pm the day before needed

Eligibility: Anyone in Topeka within a three-quarter mile radius of a fixed bus route, which, because of a disability is unable to use the regular fixed-route service. Services outside of the three-quarter mile radius, but within the contiguous corporate city limits of Topeka available for a premium fare. Passengers must be certified as eligible prior to arranging rides.

How to Apply: Call (785) 783-7000 for information and/or certification form.  Certification may take up to 21 days after TMTA receives the full completed form.

Fees: $4.00 per passenger, one-way.  If needed, one personal care attendant (PCA) may ride for free with a certified Lift rider upon request. One escort may ride with a certified Lift rider, but must pay $4.00 one-way. Additional escorts may ride at the regular fare if space is available.

Funding: Federal Transit Administration, State of Kansas, City of Topeka, and the farebox

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Lifeline Stormont Vail Health Care

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1500 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-6333
Toll Free: (800) 432-2951 ext 6333
Fax: (785) 354-5123

Kittie Olberding, Lifeline Manager

Mission Statement: To provide Lifeline, an emergency response system in Northeast Kansas

Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services: 

• Lifeline is an emergency response system installed in the home.  A button is worn around the neck or on the wrist.  Should emergency help be needed, just push the button

Eligibility: This service is available to anyone that wants it.  A Doctor’s order is not required nor is it limited to any age

How to Apply: Call the office during business hours

Fees: $34 per month, $55 installation fee

Funding: Stormont Vail HealthCare

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La Colonia Apartments, Inc

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331 NE Golden Avenue
Topeka, KS  66616 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-4225
Fax: (785) 354-4225
Email: lacoloniatopeka@sbcglobal.net

Anthony Jaramillo, Project Manager

Mission Statement:  To provide clean, safe, maintenance free housing for independent living for low and middle income adults who are 62 or older and  require the special design features of an accessible unit

Hours:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • 24 / 7 Emergency call system
  • Off street parking
  • Utility allowance
  • Snow removal
  • Lawn care
  • Staff on call 24 hours
  • In-house laundry facilities
  • Transportation to meals at LULAC Senior Center
  • Red Carpet library service

Eligibility:  Age 62 or require the special design features of an accessible unit

How to Apply: Contact the La Colonia office for application at (785) 354-4225

Fees: None

Funding:  Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS)

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New England Building
503 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3404 (m)
Phone:  (785) 296-4986
TTY:  (785) 291-3167
Toll Free: (800) 432-3535
Fax:  (785) 296-0256
Email: wwwmail@kdads.ks.gov

Kari Bruffett, Secretary

 

Mission Statement: The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services mission is to foster an environment that promotes security, dignity and independence for all Kansans.

Vision: The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services envisions a community that empowers Kansas’ older adults and persons with disabilities to make choices about their lives.

Hours:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Health Occupations Credentialing, at 612 S Kansas (m) Ave Walk-in Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is responsible for overseeing and administering Older American’s Act programs
  • Administration of Medicaid long-term care programs
  • Survey and certification for adult care homes
  • Behavioral health programs
  • Administration of home- and community-based services for older adults and persons with disabilities
  • The management and oversight of four state hospitals for the mentally ill and individuals with development disabilities

Eligibility:  Varies.  Please visit www.kdads.ks.gov for more information.  Some programs require financial and functional eligibility.

How to Apply:  Information and referral is available by phone.  Applications and assessments for in-home services are made through the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).  You can reach the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 855-200-ADRC (2372)

Fees:  Vary by program

Funding: State and Federal money and grants fund programs and services. Individuals may be asked to help pay for some services, based on need

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Kansas Advocates for Better Care, Inc (KABC)

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913 Tennessee Street, Suite 2
Lawrence, KS 66044-6904 (m)
Phone: (785) 843-3088
Toll Free: (800) 525-1782
Fax: (785) 749-0029
Email: info@kabc.org

Mitzi E. McFatrich, Executive Director

 

Mission Statement: Advocating for Quality Long-Term Care since 1975

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, closed weekends and all Federal holidays

Services:

  • Information about all long-term care facilities in Kansas, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.  We maintain an extensive database about these facilities and can generate individual facility reports to email or mail to callers.

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Contact Kansas Advocates for Better Care by phone, fax or email for more information

Fees: To join Kansas Advocates for Better Care: a one-year membership for 60 yrs+ is $20, under 60 is $35.  Business/groups: $50.  Sustaining “Cerfer” membership is $100 annually.  There are no fees for reports, but we encourage contributions to cover costs

Funding: Members, contributors, grants for specific purposes.  Kansas Advocates for Better Care receives no state or federal funding for operations

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Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Inc (JAAA)

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2910 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-1367
Fax: (785) 235-2443

Jocelyn Lyons, CEO

Mission Statement: Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Inc. advocates on aging issues, builds community partnerships and implements programs within Shawnee, Jefferson and Douglas counties to help seniors live independent and dignified lives

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation (CARE) seeks to ensure persons considering nursing home placement are fully informed of all available community based service options.  The assessment is required by state mandate prior to admission to any nursing facility
  • Senior Care Act: For qualifying persons with limitations that restrict their ability to carry out activities of daily living, such as bathing, cooking or cleaning
  • Case Management: To assist those persons with multiple problems that make staying at home seem difficult and resolve barriers by facilitating the coordination of services on their behalf
  • Home and Community Based Services / Frail Elderly (HCBS / FE): For individuals 65 or older who qualify for Medicaid benefits.  Assisting individuals to stay in their homes or make other living arrangements in the community by providing such services as personal care, health or homemaking services
  • Information and Outreach: Provides confidential help with information about available services and referrals to the agencies that can best assist in meeting needs including assistance in completing applications for various benefit programs
  • Older Americans Act: Provides funding to agencies for information and referral, transportation, congregate and home-delivered meals, attendant care, legal services, health screening, recreation, respite, material aid and shopping, adult day care, repairs / maintenance / renovations
  • Caregiver Support: Whether you are expecting to become a caregiver or have been thrust into the role of caregiver unexpectedly, JAAA caregiver support provides useful information and assistance
  • Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK):  Provides unbiased, confidential counseling with questions about Medicare and/or other insurance options
  • Elder Friendly Business Certification Program:  Evaluation program for businesses to learn how to improve conducting business with persons 50 years of age and over, the fastest growing segment of our population

Eligibility: Must be 60 years of age or over

How to Apply: (785) 235-1367 for information

Fees: None

Funding: The Older Americans Act through the Administration on Aging, the Kansas Department on Aging, the State of Kansas, local units of government, and Medicaid through the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and private contributions

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Interim HealthCare (FP)

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1251 SW Arrowhead, Suite 103
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-1616
Fax: (785) 272-1818
Email: jharrison@interimhealthcare.com

Jill Harrison, GM

Mission:  We improve people’s lives

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, phones answered 24 hours a day

Services:

  • Home Health
  • Skilled Nursing
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy
  • Social Worker
  • Private duty
  • Staffing

Eligibility: Private pay, Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial insurance, VA

How to Apply: (785) 272-1616

Fees: Varies per service

Funding: Private pay, Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial insurance

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Home Health Services Midland Care

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200 SW Frazier Circle
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-2044
Fax: (785) 232-5567
Toll Free: (800) 491-3691

Allison Alejos, Director, Local Health Department

Mission Statement: Meeting individual needs through innovative healthcare solutions

Hours: Services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Services:

  • Skilled nursing services provided in one’s own home
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy provided in one’s own home
  • Social services available
  • Personal care provided in one’s own home
  • Medication management teaching visits
  • Wound and ostomy care

Eligibility: (785) 232-2044 for information

How to Apply: (785) 232-2044 for information

Fees: Call 785-232-2044 for information.

Funding: Private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, fundraising, donations, and memorial contributions

Midland Care Connection, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program

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HealthWise 55 Stormont Vail HealthCare

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2252 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604-1353 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-6787
Fax: (785) 235-3777

Connie Wood, R.N., Program Supervisor

Mission Statement: Working together to improve the health of our community

Hours: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Thursday

Services:

  • Healthy Times Newsletter published quarterly
  • Senior Suppers and Presentations: 5:15 pm monthly at Pozez Education Center (m). Meal: $5.00 RSVP: (785) 354-6787
  • Lunch Bunch and Presentations: 11:30 am at Presbyterian Manor (m), Brewster Place (m) and at 12:30 pm at Thornton Place (m).  Meal: $5.00.  RSVP: (785) 354-6787
  • Morning Coffee’s: 9:30 am – 10:30 am at Aldersgate Village (m) and First Apartments (m). No cost.  RSVP: (785) 354-6787
  • Coffee and Dessert: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Drury Place (m), Lexington Park (m), McCrite Retirement Center (m). No cost. RSVP: (785) 354-6787
  • AARP’s Driver Safety: Monthly at Stormont Vail.  See newsletter for dates and times.  $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members.  RSVP: (785) 354-5225
  • “HealthWise after 55” TV Program:  9:00 am 1st and 3rd Friday on WIBW.  Exercise for older adults
  • “For Family Caregivers” TV Program:  9:00 am, 2nd and 4th Friday on WIBW, for caregivers of older adults
  • Information on medical issues, care giving, living wills, community resources and more.  Call between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday – Thursday
  • Blood Pressure Checks:

*HealthWise 55 (m): 10:00 am – 12:00 pm every Tuesday
*Westridge Mall (m): 9:00 am – 10:30 am 1st Thursday of every month
*YMCA West (m): 9:30 am – 11:00 am 2nd Thursday of every month
*Oakland Community Center (m): 8:30 am – 9:30 am 3rd Thursday of every month
*YMCA North (m): 9:00 am – 10:30 am 4th Thursday of every month

  • Consultation: Medicare A, B and D, Supplemental Health Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Medication Clinic: 3rd Thursday every month, call (785) 354-6787 for appointment
  • Nutrition Clinic: 4th Thursday every month, Call (785) 354-6787 for appointment
  • Exercise programs: Call (785) 354-6787 for information

Eligibility: Anyone 55 years of age or over

How to Apply: Call (785) 354-6787 for an application

Fees: Membership is free

Funding:  Stormont Vail HealthCare

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Friendly Visitors and Ring-a-Day: A Catholic Charities Program

234 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-6300
Fax: (785) 233-7234
Ring-A-Day: (785) 232-1137

Mary Bannwarth, Program Coordinator
Judy Stutenroth, Social Worker

Mission Statement: To create a caring network of community volunteers to help support older adults with limited access to community activities

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, Friendly Visitor services weekdays, evenings, and weekends

Services:  

  • Ring-A-Day: daily telephone calls to provide reassurance, safety check and medication reminder.  Calls are made daily, between 7:00 am and 9:00 am.  If the volunteer is unable to reach the participant, Ring-A-Day staff will contact a family member or neighbor to check on the participant
  • Telephone visits: social calls made during the day or evening hours to prevent isolation among the homebound elderly
  • Home Visits: volunteers provide companionship and socialization during weekly visits in the participant’s home, or during an outing to the park, a restaurant, or other mutually agreeable location
  • Transportation: volunteers use their own vehicle to transport participants to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, and other locations.  Drivers are unable to transport those who are in a wheelchair

Eligibility: Older adults (60 years and older) who may be living by themselves, or just wish to have a friend who will visit or call them on a regular basis.  Since the program service is provided by volunteers, The Friendly Visitor program is not able to provide service to those clients with severe and persistent mental illness, or severe physical disabilities.  In general, the program provides services to all individuals who meet eligibility criteria without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, economic status, or sex

How to Apply: Call (785) 233-6300 and ask for Friendly Visitors

Fees: Services are provided free to the participant.  Donations are welcome and encouraged

Funding: Shawnee County Service Program for the Elderly, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, and donations

Foster Grandparents Program

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3107 W 21st Street
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-5474
Fax: (785) 368-6419
Email: connie.stewart@kni.ks.gov

Connie T. Stewart, Director

Mission Statement: To offer seniors age 55 and older opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors, and care givers for children and youth with special needs. Participants provide 15 – 40 hours of weekly service to community organizations such as schools, hospitals, and youth centers.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Foster Grandparents work 15 – 40 hours a week with children with special needs. In return for their services Foster Grandparents (who qualify as low income) receive a $2.65 per hour tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, and daily meal

Eligibility: Must be 55 years of age or older and must meet income eligibility guidelines to receive the stipend

How to Apply: Call (785) 296-5474 to reach the program office at the Kansas Neurological Institute for an application.  Application and information will be mailed upon request

Fees: None

Funding: Provided by federal and state funds, The Kansas Neurological Institute is the grantee agency for the Corporation for National and Community Services

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Elderly Services: A Community Action Program

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621 SE Swygart
Topeka, KS 66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-9296
Fax: (785) 290-3200

Alice Schimmel, Client Services Program Coordinator

 

 

Mission Statement: Helping low-income seniors maintain safe and independent living.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Or by appointment.

Services:

  • Distribution of commodities in the rural areas of Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties
  • Liquid nutrition assistance
  • Loaned durable medical equipment and supplies
  • Income tax assistance
  • Assistance with applications (LIEAP, SRS, Gift of Warmth, Project Deserve, etc.)
  • Information and referral to link elderly to available community resources
  • Emergency utility and prescription assistance

Eligibility: Age 60 and over with limited resources/income

How to Apply:  Call program coordinator at (785) 235-9296

Fees: None

Funding: Provided by Shawnee County, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, City of Topeka, Community Services Block Grant funds, and donations

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432 SE Norwood Street
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-7765
Fax: (785) 232-7784
Email: execdir@easttopekaseniors.org

Susan Kovar, Executive Director

 

 

Mission Statement: To enhance the quality of life for the older persons of Shawnee County by providing direct services to individuals and supporting the development of systems that deliver a full range of services to senior citizens and disabled adults.

Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Transportation to medical appointments, shopping, recreation and social services
  • Health Department: Foot Care Clinic
  • Harvesters Host Site
  • Congregate meals:  Monday – Friday (Meals on Wheels)
  • Health and Social Services: informational meetings on a variety of topics important to senior citizens
  • Nutritional BINGO – win food and personal hygiene prizes
  • Washburn University School of Nursing Health Checks and Medication Reviews and chair exercise workouts
  • Arthritis exercise classes

Eligibility: Services are available to all citizens age 60 and over, spouses of persons 60 and over, and disabled adults

How to Apply: (785) 232-7765 or visit the center

Fees: None, donations accepted

Funding: Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, City of Topeka Social Services, Shawnee County Service Program for the Elderly, and Corporation for National and Community Service and Kansas Department of Transportation

Comfort Keepers (FP)

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2016 SW 37th Street
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-8200
Fax: (785) 267-8199
Email: topeka@comfortkeepers.com

Sarah Craig, Owner/Manager

 

 


Mission Statement:
 To provide our clients with the highest level of quality of life that is achievable.  We shall treat each of our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve, as though we were caring for a member of our own family

Hours:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Services available 24 / 7
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Grocery shopping
  • Errand services
  • Transportation
  • 24 hour care
  • Assist with bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Sitting services

Eligibility:  Available to everyone

How to Apply:  (785) 267-8200

Fees:  $16 – 19 / hr

Funding:  Private pay and long term care insurance

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Brewster Rehabilitation Center

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1001 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 274-3336
Fax: (785) 266-5782
Email: scotts@brewsterplace.org

Scott Sewell, Director of Admissions

Mission Statement: To provide the best rehabilitation and nursing care services to help patients make smooth and successful transitions from the hospital back to home

 Hours: 24 / 7 inpatient services
Outpatient Therapy: Monday – Saturday by appointment
Admissions and inquiries, Monday – Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Services:

  • Rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing services allowing patients to gain strength and recover following a hospitalization
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, and Aqua Therapy are all available on an inpatient or outpatient basis

Eligibility: Admission by physician orders based upon appropriate medical need

How to Apply: Contact Scott Sewell, Director of Admissions, (785) 274-3336 or (785) 215-3411

Fees: Fees are based upon services provided and insurance coverage.  For specific information, please contact Scott Sewell

Funding: Medicare and private insurance for rehabilitation services.  The Brewster Rehab Center is a part of Brewster Place, a faith-based, not-for-profit organization

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Brewster Place

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1205 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-1666
Fax: (785) 267-9355
Email: brewster@brewsterplace.org

Cory Horinek, Director of Marketing

Mission Statement: Brewster Place is a retirement community providing all of its resident’s opportunities for an optimal quality of life

Resident Service Hours: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year
Administrative Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday

Services:

  • Independent living
  • Catered living
  • Assisted living
  • Three levels of dementia care
  • Post-acute Rehab Center
  • Skilled, Medicare-certified nursing care
  • Outpatient Therapy services – Physical, Occupational, Speech
  • Home Health services
  • Adult Day services
  • Respite Care and short-stay apartments

All residents enjoy maintenance free living with fully paid utilities including Cox cable and phone service; housekeeping services; emergency call system that instantly summons skilled nursing and security assistance anywhere on campus; highly trained security force working around the clock to maintain a safe community; holistic wellness programs; fitness centers, group exercise programs and personal training; on and off campus activities and programs; arts, crafts, woodworking; three convenient dining rooms; covered parking; on and off campus transportation.

Eligibility: Minimum age requirement of 62 years for permanent admission.  No age restrictions on therapy services and post-acute rehab.

How to apply: Director of Marketing at (785) 274-3350 or Retirement Consultant at (785) 274-3351 or complete an online inquiry at www.brewsterplace.org

Fees: Entry Fee (or convenient financial plan) and monthly fee required for permanent admissions, based on size and location of apartment / home and level of care.  Brewster Place offers affordable accommodations and a range of financial plans to fit different individual financial situations.

Funding: Faith-based mission driven not-for-profit organization supported by entry fees and investments. Medicare, Medicaid, and Long Term Care Insurance accepted in licensed areas.

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Brewster at Home

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1205 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 274-3303
Fax: (785) 267-9355
Email: EileenM@brewsterplace.org

Eileen McGivern, Director

Mission Statement: Providing services people need, when they need them, in the place they call home

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.   Many Brewster at Home services are available 24 hours a day.

Services:

  • One-call access to a network of care and support services by vetted providers including meal preparation and delivery, handyman services, companionship, lawn care and snow removal, Home Health services, and more.
  • Wellness programs designed to meet member needs including exercise classes, access to fitness equipment, social and cultural events, and educational seminars.
  • Access to most Brewster Place Retirement Community activities, dining facilities, and therapy treatment modalities.
  • Discrete technology-based health monitoring services including a medication delivery system and a wireless safety monitoring system and automatic emergency response system.
  • Transportation to Doctors appointments, grocery shopping, and to Brewster Place for activities, use of facilities, and outpatient therapy.

Eligibility: Brewster at Home programs are designed for persons 55 years and older but there are no age restrictions on membership or use of services.

How to Apply: Contact Brewster at Home at (785) 274-3303 or complete an inquiry at www.brewsterplace.org

Fees: Membership fee required for access to all programs and services.  Members receive substantial discounts on most services.

Funding:  Private pay.  Transportation services are partially funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

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Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

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503 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS  66606 (m)
Toll Free: (855) 200-2372

Shawn Sullivan, Secretary


 

Mission Statement: The Aging and Disability Resource Center 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 services and support needs.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.  Messages can be left after hours.

Services:

  • Options Counseling: 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. Local options counselor for Shawnee and Jefferson County is Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, (785) 235-1367 or (800) 798-1366.
  • Information, Referral and Assessment: The Aging and Disability Resource Center 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.)
  • Assessments: For individuals who are interested in a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) (for the Frail Elderly, Physically Disabled or Traumatic Brain Injury), or Money Follows the Person (MFP) the Aging and Disability Resource Center can conduct the functional assessment needed to determine eligibility for the appropriate Home and Community Based Services program.  The Aging and Disability Resource Center can inform individuals about their choices in long term care settings and also complete a CARE assessment for those interested in entering a nursing facility.

Eligibility: People of all ages, abilities and income levels and their caregivers needing assistance in planning for their future long-term service and support needs.

How to Apply: (855) 200-2372

Fees: None

Funding: Federal and state funded program