As you can see from our website, the attorneys at Gaughan & Connealy are highly committed to educating their clients and the residents of Kansas. We offer a comprehensive electronic library of special reports covering numerous estate planning and elder law issues. We also update our blog regularly in order to provide updates on the ever-changing laws in this field. Finally, our free estate planning and elder law workshops are always a go-to source for information. Basically, it is our desire that Kansas and Missouri residents stay informed.
Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas and is the fourth most populous city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The population has grown from more than 125,000 in 2010 to more than 137,000 in 2017. For the senior residents of Olathe, there are many great services and programs that benefit senior citizens in the community. Here are a few of the resources made available through Johnson County and the State of Kansas.
Johnson County Nutrition meals
Johnson County Nutrition Services provides hot lunches at 11:30 a.m. each weekday at the Lenexa Senior Center. They request a donation of $3.00 and the meals are designed to meet the dietary needs of seniors.
Senior transportation options
The RideKC Taxi voucher program provides a taxi service to Johnson County residents who are age 65 or older or residents who have a disability. The Johnson County Transit Special Edition is a shared-ride program offering affordable transportation for registered residents of Johnson County who are age 65 or older, have a verifiable disability, or have a low income.
Senior Health Care Benefits for Kansas Residents
Kansas Health Care Association: An agency that represents both for profit and not for profit senior care facilities.
Medicare: Information regarding Medicare and Medicare eligibility. Medicare covers a large portion of senior medical costs, but there are very specific guidelines for eligibility. To check whether you are eligible, take a look at the Medicare Eligibility Tool from www.medicare.gov.
Medicaid: Information regarding Medicaid and Medicaid eligibility. Medicaid, a more income based coverage, like Medicare, has stringent eligibility guidelines. For more information on these guidelines please visit this Kansas Medicaid information page.
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas: SHICK is a free program that offers Kansas senior citizens counseling and assistance in navigating their way through coverage plans. Visit their website for more information.
Financial Planning Resources for Kansas Residents
AARP Kansas: AARP provides information to retired people across the country, including financial guidance.
Kansas Home Care Resources
Kansas Home Care Association: An association that assists Kansas families and provides resources in their search for home care.
South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging: A list of services, including home care assistance, for residents of south-central Kansas.
Kansas City Home Care: Home health care service in the Kansas City area.
Home Health Care Services of Western Kansas: Home health care service for Western Kansas.
Kansas Housing Resources for Seniors
Kansas Advocates for Better Care: An association that advocates for older Kansans who require long-term care.
Kansas Health Care Association: A listing of senior housing options in Kansas.
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For those who are not familiar with Medicaid, it is a health care assistance program, overseen by both the state and federal governments. The program covers medical services that have been deemed medically necessary by a health care provider. Medicaid is actually a “need-based” program meaning that there are restrictions imposed on a recipient’s financial resources.
What Can an Elder Law Attorney Do for You?
With so many different types of attorneys out there, with different specialties, you may be wondering whether an elder law attorney is the type of attorney you need for your specific legal issues. An elder law attorney primarily handles issues relating to seniors. This can include nursing home issues, estate planning, and guardianships, just to name a few.
If you have questions regarding elder law or estate planning matters, please contact the experienced attorneys at Gaughan & Connealy for a consultation. You can contact us either online or by calling us at (913) 262-2000. We are here to help!