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Division of Aging and Adult Services
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For Seniors | For Adults with Physical Disabilities

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For Seniors

Adult Protective Services
- Aging is a natural process, abuse is not. In spite of the headway that has been made in explaining how and why elder abuse occurs, it still remains a poorly understood problem in our state. No simple definition can encompass its many aspects. Elder mistreatment may be an act of commission (abuse) or omission (neglect). It may be an intentional act, that is, a conscious attempt to inflict suffering, or it may be unintentional because of inadequate knowledge, infirmity, or laziness on the part of the person responsible. Now is the time to stop itůStop ignoring the abuse and neglectů.You can make a difference!

Arkansas SMP ľ Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud - The Administration on Aging (AoA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has developed a program to help consumers understand more about healthcare fraud.  It involves recruiting retired persons to teach Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to recognize and report healthcare fraud.

Assisted Living Choices - The Assisted Living Federation of America defines Assisted Living as a special combination of housing, supportive services, personalized assistance and healthcare designed to respond to the individual needs of those who need help with activities of daily living. Supportive services are available, 24 hours a day, to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs, in a way that promotes maximum dignity and independence for each resident and involves the resident's family, neighbors and friends.  Click HERE for Your Guide to Medicaid Estate Recovery in Arkansas (PDF).

ElderChoices - is an Arkansas Medicaid home and community-based waiver program designed for the elderly population. ElderChoices, approved effective August 1, 1991, is designed for persons who due to physical, cognitive or medical reasons, require a level of assistance that would have to be provided in a nursing facility, if it were not for the services offered through this program. The major goal of this program is to provide services that assist eligible persons to remain in their homes or live with family in order to prevent or delay institutionalization. Click HERE for Your Guide to Medicaid Estate Recovery in Arkansas (PDF).

IndependentChoices - IndependentChoices is a special project in Arkansas that gives you the opportunity to direct your care at home, by providing a monthly allowance in place of "Personal Care Services." The results of the project are shaping home services now and into the future. For more information please contact us at 1-888-682-0044.

Long Term Care Ombudsman - The mission of the Arkansas Ombudsman Program is to assure that long term care facility residents have the right to live their lives harmoniously and with dignity, feeling free to voice complaints or concerns without reprisal. 

The Ombudsman strives to be a trusted advocate for all residents by educating them regarding their rights; empowering residents to speak for themselves; while providing advocacy for those without a voice.

Through regular visitations the Ombudsman seeks to enhance the quality of life for long term care residents by the investigation of complaints and interacting with both residents and staff to facilitate the resolution of the problems.

Money Follows the Person - The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application will transition 305 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 days or longer into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals with mental illness; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Senior Community Service Employment Program - The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a part-time program for low-income persons age 55 and over who have poor employment prospects.  Program participants receive assignments at community and government agencies and are paid the Federal or State  minimum wage, whichever is higher.  Participants may also receive assistance in developing job search skills and in locating a permanent job.  Participants are placed in non-profit or public service type host agencies.  They receive on-the-job training and work experience.  During their training, participants work with their local Employment and Training Coordinator to achieve permanent part time or full time unsubsidized employment either at their host agency or with other employment sources in their area.  Some of the benefits participants receive while in the program are:  temporary paid work experience; improvement of marketable skills; development of new skills and an opportunity to establish a current work history.

For Adults with Physical Disabilities

Adult Protective Services - Aging is a natural process, abuse is not. In spite of the headway that has been made in explaining how and why elder abuse occurs, it still remains a poorly understood problem in our state. No simple definition can encompass its many aspects. Elder mistreatment may be an act of commission (abuse) or omission (neglect). It may be an intentional act, that is, a conscious attempt to inflict suffering, or it may be unintentional because of inadequate knowledge, infirmity, or laziness on the part of the person responsible. Now is the time to stop itůStop ignoring the abuse and neglectů.You can make a difference!

Alternatives for Adults with Physical Disabilities - AAPD is a Medicaid Waiver program that provides home and community-based services to adults with physical disabilities. Click HERE for Your Guide to Medicaid Estate Recovery in Arkansas (PDF).

Employment for Arkansans with Disabilities - Learn about options for employment, programs and services to help you work, and how working affects disability benefits.

IndependentChoices - IndependentChoices is a special project in Arkansas that gives you the opportunity to direct your care at home, by providing a monthly allowance in place of "Personal Care Services." The results of the project are shaping home services now and into the future. For more information please contact us at 1-888-682-0044.

Long Term Care Ombudsman - The mission of the Arkansas Ombudsman Program is to assure that long term care facility residents have the right to live their lives harmoniously and with dignity, feeling free to voice complaints or concerns without reprisal. 

The Ombudsman strives to be a trusted advocate for all residents by educating them regarding their rights; empowering residents to speak for themselves; while providing advocacy for those without a voice.

Through regular visitations the Ombudsman seeks to enhance the quality of life for long term care residents by the investigation of complaints and interacting with both residents and staff to facilitate the resolution of the problems.

Money Follows the Person - The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application will transition 305 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 days or longer into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals with mental illness; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services | P.O. Box 1437 - Slot S-530 | Little Rock, ARá72203-1437 | 501.682.2441 | eMail
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