State funding cuts force aging agency to seek benefactors for senior medical alert program

The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging is notifying supporters that the state of Kansas has cut senior funding, and some services provided by the agency are in jeopardy.

According to an announcement from ECKAA, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service has cut statewide Senior Care Act funding by 30 percent effective July 1, 2016.

One of the services the agency will no longer be able to fund is Medical Alert. Medical Alert is a pendant or wristband that is worn, and in case of an emergency a button can be pushed and notify informed staff of the emergency. As some people across rural Osage, Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, and Miami counties receive notice that their Medical Alert service will no longer be paid, supporters are being sought to help save the service for an area elderly person.

New requests for the service will be put on a waiting list. The monthly cost is $20 for a landline or $36 for a cellular system. Monthly recurring donations or one time annual gifts of $240 or $432 will save this service for someone in the six-county area.

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging coordinates services to help aging Kansans and their families live well with dignity, independence, health and self-sufficiency. Donations have a significant impact on their ability to maintain independence and peace of mind for themselves and family members and neighbors.

Supporters’ contributions are deductible. Donations can be sent to East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Attn: Kimberly Atchison, 117 S. Main, Ottawa, KS 66067 or visit www.eckaaa.org.  For more information, call Atchison at 785-242-7200.


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