Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky Resource Market among nationally honored independence programs
The United States Agency on Aging recently honored the Kentucky Resource Market, a one-stop shop for information on aging and disability programs and services, as a 2007 Choices for Independence Program Champion.
The Kentucky Resource Market is an initiative of the state Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell said independence program champions reflect on the state level the federal agency’s efforts to modernize health and long-term care for older people and those with disabilities.
DAIL developed the Kentucky Resource Market in response to Kentuckians’ need for a centralized, virtual system to address the needs of elders and people with disabilities. Resource Market information can be accessed on the Internet and by phone. When fully deployed, a central Resource Market for statewide inquiries and individual markets in each of the state’s 15 Area Agencies on Aging will also offer face-to-face information.
Clients of the Kentucky Resource Market may receive counseling and recommendations covering all locally available care and support options as well as help accessing benefits and assistance programs for which they may be eligible.
“The ultimate goal of the Kentucky Resource Market is to help individuals at risk of being admitted to a nursing home and their families make the most informed decisions possible,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell.. “In many cases, individuals and families may not be aware of available alternatives to nursing home care. We hope the Resource Market can help people remain as independent as possible for as long as possible and, when long-term care is needed, help families make the best decisions based on all available information.”
The Resource Market provides fact sheets and other materials on care and service options, in-home assessments and referrals to supports to help prevent, treat and mitigate symptoms of chronic disease.
Partners with DAIL in the Kentucky Resource Market include the state departments for Medicaid Services, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services and Community Based Services; Area Agencies on Aging; service providers; aging and disabilities advocates; and consumers.
For more information about the Kentucky Resource Market, call toll-free 1-877-293-7447.