Improving the lives of the elderly and adults with disabilities in Arkansas

The Social Security Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are government programs that have vastly improved the lives of the elderly and adults with disabilities throughout our country.
In Arkansas, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), promotes the health, safety and independence for these groups. While many individuals need the assistance provided in a nursing home, others may choose to live at home or other community setting and take an active role in their care. Home and community-based services may include meals, transportation and respite care, as well as personal attendant care, assistive technology and home modifications.

Thousands of Arkansans receive home and community-based services and this number grows every year.
The State Older Worker Community Service Program is a part-time program designed for low-income persons age 55 and over who have poor employment prospects. The benefits to these host agencies are: stability in the workforce, loyalty, dependability, role models for younger employees and low rate of turnover.

Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates cases of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of an endangered and impaired adult age 18 and older. APS seeks to achieve independence, safety, least disruption of lifestyle and least restrictive care alternatives. The APS hotline is 1-800-482-8049.
IndependentChoices (IC) is a consumer-directed form of Medicaid Personal Care. The consumers use a cash allowance to hire friends, relatives and neighbors as caregivers or buy goods and services.

ElderChoices (EC) is a Medicaid nursing home alternative waiver program that provides a variety of services to allow individuals age 65 and older.
Alternatives for Adults with Physical Disabilities (AAPD) are a Medicaid nursing home that provides personal attendant services and environmental modifications for adults with physical disabilities.

Living Choices (Assisted Living) is a Medicaid home and community-based waiver program that provides 24-hour supervision and supportive services including limited nursing services in a congregate setting to persons age 65 or over, or age 21 or over that are blind or disabled.
For more information on available services for seniors and adults with disabilities, visit website at, [email protected], or call toll-free 1-866-801-3435.

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