Department for Aging and Independent Living
The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) oversees administration of statewide programs and services on behalf of Kentucky's elders and individuals with disabilities.
In partnership with Kentucky's Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living, community mental health centers, Center for Independent Living and other community partners, DAIL provides leadership and addresses issues and circumstances that stand in the way of elders and individuals with disabilities achieving the best possible quality of life.
To preserve individual dignity, self respect and independence of Kentucky's elders and individuals with disabilities through leadership, education and delivery of programs and services.
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Because locating, understanding and accessing public programs and services can be difficult, DAIL helps streamline processes and provides one-on-one assistance by phone. We help clients find the most appropriate programs and services for their needs.
We also have tried to make our website as user-friendly and functional as possible by providing information and links to other resources of interest to elder Kentuckians, people with disabilities and their families.
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Department for Aging and Independent Living
275 E. Main St., 3E-E
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-6930
Fax: (502) 564-4595
TTY: (888) 642-1137
||The Department for Aging and Independent Living Services and Programs
Aging and Disability Resource Center - streamline access to long-term care. ADRCs serve as highly visible and trusted places available in every community across the commonwealth where people of all ages, incomes and disabilities go to get information on the full range of long-term support options.
Aging Network - provides services through the Kentucky Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living.
Adult Day Care and Alzheimer's Disease Respite - provides services for physically disabled or frail people 60 and older in need of supervision for part of the day. Alzheimer’s respite includes services provided at adult day centers or in the home for people of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia disorders.
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council- Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council - is a governor appointed council that helps the Department for Aging and Independent Living identify issues to advance the treatment of people with memory loss and provide support and assistance to their families.
Assisted Living Community Information and Certification - Assisted living is a private-pay living alternative between total independence and higher levels of residential care. Assisted living communities in Kentucky are certified by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living.
Caregiver Support Services - include the National Family Caregiver Support Program that helps families with their roles as caregivers and the Kentucky Family Caregiver Program that helps Kentucky grandparents care for grandchildren.
Chronic Disease Self Management Program - empowers individuals with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and others to better manage their conditions to live longer, healthier lives.
Elder Abuse Prevention- Elder abuse is often a silent crime, rarely noticed behind closed doors and rarely reported by those who think, "it's none of my business.” The law says it is our business to report elder abuse when we witness or suspect it. Visit the CHFS Elder Abuse Prevention site to learn more about the signs of elder abuse, what you can do to prevent it and how to report it.
Guardianship - Guardianship is a legal relationship between a court-appointed party who assumes the responsibility of guardian for a ward, a person declared legally disabled by the court and who cannot manage his or her own well-being.
Hart-Supported Living - provides flexible funding to disabled Kentuckians for supports that promote independence to live at home and function within the community. Types of supports typical for this program include: supported living community resource developers; home modifications for accessibility; homemaker services; personal care services; transportation; adaptive and therapeutic equipment; and in-home training and home management assistance. Other supports not listed may also be considered. Applications for funding are accepted once a year and are due on or before April 1.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - includes routine health screening, nutrition counseling and education services, health promotion programs, home injury prevention, mental health screenings, benefits counseling, medication management screening education and rehabilitation information through the area agencies on aging and independent living.
Homecare - provides in-home services for individuals 60 and older with functional disabilities who are at-risk for requiring long-term, institutional care. Services include personal care, home management, home health aide, home-delivered meals, home repair, help with household chores, respite, escort and case management and assessment.
Institute for Aging - advises the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and other officials of the commonwealth on policy matters related to the development and delivery of services to the aged. The institute operates in partnership with the Department for Aging and Independent Living.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman - established under the Older Americans Act, the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) program operates out of the Area Development Districts through their Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living. The LTCO works to improve the lives of people living in long-term care by enhancing their quality of life, improving their quality of care, protecting individual rights and promoting the dignity of each resident.
Nutrition Program for the Elderly - includes home-delivered meals (meals on wheels) and congregate meals at senior centers. The program helps improve the eating habits of participants, offers social networking opportunities and helps the participants remain healthy and independent by reducing hunger and food insecurity.
Participant Directed Services (PDS), formerly Consumer Directed Options (CDO) - allows eligible Medicaid waiver members to choose their own providers for non-medical and non-residential services. This choice gives members greater flexibility in the delivery of services that are needed to stay in their homes. Members may also purchase goods and finance minor home adaptations through CDO/PDS.
Personal Care Attendant Program - has one purpose: to enable eligible, severely physically disabled adults who otherwise may be at risk for institutional care to live where one wishes and how one wants to live. The program provides a subsidy to eligible participants. The eligible participant must have the ability to hire, supervise and pay an attendant.
Senior Citizen Centers- More than 200 senior centers are located throughout Kentucky with at least one located in each of the state's 120 counties. The centers provide information and assistance, wellness opportunities, citizenship, volunteer opportunities and social activities and services related to people 60 and older.
Senior Community Service Employment Program - provides training and part-time employment opportunities to low-income people age 55 and older. Participant benefits include: earned income; training and experience to develop employment skills; annual physical exams; the chance to obtain unsubsidized employment; social and physical activities; and engagement in activities that support independence.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) - is a statewide program that provides free and objective counseling and assistance to people with questions or problems regarding Medicare and other related health insurances. SHIP operates through the state's Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living.
Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund- was established to provide assistance to children and adults with brain injuries. The TBI Trust Fund program is administered by a board of directors to assure individuals with a brain injury and their families are provided effective services and supports to promote independence and personal productivity.
The Traumatic Brain Injury Behavioral Program- establishes identification of those affected by traumatic brain injury who are in need of behavioral services. The TBI Behavioral Program will provide services through crisis intervention, residential, targeted case management and wrap-around services.