CAAC seeks to empower, protect, and advocate on behalf of the area’s aging population. We also provide education and outreach to seniors, their caregivers, professionals and the general public on the rights of elders, elder abuse and prevention of elder abuse.
For those individuals ages 60+, legal assistance is available with non-criminal matters such as wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, entitlement programs, housing, debt collection, exploitation, consumer issues, and defense of guardianship.
Ombudsmen advocate for residents of nursing homes, boarding homes, and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen work to improve the quality of life of residents by investigating complaints made by or for residents of long-term care facilities, educating consumers and long-term care providers about residents’ rights and good care practices, and promoting community involvement through volunteer opportunities and services.
SMP (SeniorMedicare Patrol)
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) helps beneficiaries identify, detect, and prevent health care fraud. In doing so, individuals protect themselves and help preserve the integrity of the Medicare program.
COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES
ADRC (The Aging and Disability Resource Center)
The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) provides current information on services, benefits, and programs that are available to assist citizens, their families, and interested persons of all ages. The ADRC specialist will screen for eligibility for public and community benefits and services and will help with the application process. CAAC is also linked to a statewide network with access to information on services available anywhere in Alabama and on a limited basis, nationwide. CALL (334) 240-4670
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
CAAC works with community partners, caregivers and those with dementia to foster “dementia friendly” communities across the state to improve opportunities and outcomes for a growing number of people with dementia, their families, and care providers. This program promotes education, awareness, services, and resources to improve quality of life.
CAAC sponsors senior centers located in various community facilities throughout the tri-county area where seniors gather for lunch and enjoy recreational, educational, physical, and social activities. Home delivered lunches are available to home-bound individuals age 60 and older who are unable to attend a senior center.
Nutrition counseling is available on a limited basis to individuals 60 and older who are identified as at-risk for poor nutrition. A licensed nutritionist meets individually with clients to assist them in developing a healthy nutrition plan.
The Senior Rx Program assists uninsured and underinsured individuals with obtaining medications at a reduced rate or no cost. Medication management is also available.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors assist individuals with questions about Medicare, Medicaid, supplemental insurance, long-term insurance and related coverages. Counselors also provide information on how other insurances work with Medicare, assist with applications for Medicare related programs, and provide educational materials and programs to the community.
Care Transitions Intervention provides assistance for patients who are transitioning from hospital-to-home. Patients are identified by health-care providers and are assisted in developing self-identified personal goals to both manage symptoms and aid in recovery.
CDSMP (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a program that teaches individuals with chronic diseases how to better manage their chronic illnesses to improve their health and over-all quality of life.
MATTER OF BALANCE
A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and improve activity levels of older adults living in the community, thus reducing the number of falls and injuries from falls.
This program is designed to provide services to individuals with disabilities or long term illnesses, who live in a nursing facility but want to transition home or to a community setting. Services are based on individual needs. The individual must have been in a nursing facility for at least 90 days to be eligible. Financial and medical guidelines apply.
Alabama Cares provides assistance to caregivers who are caring for elderly (60+) family members at home. Services include respite, medical supplies, and education. A cost share is requested based on the income of the older person. Alabama Cares also assists caregivers of children and adult children with
ELDERLY & DISABLED WAIVER
Homemaker, personal care, respite, adult day care, case management, and home delivered meals are provided through the Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver Program. Services are available for elderly and disabled persons, regardless of age, who are medically eligible for nursing home admission but would prefer to remain in their homes. Financial guidelines apply.
The Medicaid HIV/AIDS Waiver Program is designed to provide services to individuals with a diagnosis of HIV, AIDS and related illnesses whose needs would otherwise qualify for placement in a long-term care facility. Individuals must meet medical and financial guidelines.
Under the Homemaker Program, clients are assisted with general household activities such as changing bed linens, cleaning and laundry, etc. Donations are encouraged.
Personal Choices is an option for self-directed home and community-based services. The program allows people who are receiving services through Medicaid Waivers to self-direct, offering more choices, flexibility, and control in managing their daily lives. The program offers seniors and people with disabilities more choice and flexibility in the type of care they receive and the provider of that care. Participants, with the help of a counselor, manage their resources.