What Programs Are Available To Assist Elderly Adults in Arkansas?

Which state department assist seniors in Arkansas? Arkansas Division of Aging and Adult Services operates the Elder Choices Waiver.

What programs assist older adults in Arkansas? "Elderchoices" is an Arkansas Medicaid home and community-based waiver program designed for the elderly population.

What is the best number to call to get started? Call the Division of Aging and Adult Services at (501) 682-2441, or the Choices in Living Resource Center at (866) 801-3435.

Is there a website? http://www.daas.ar.gov/elder_choices.html

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

Who qualifies for the elderly waiver in Arkansas? To qualify for Elder Choices waiver in Arkansas, you must: Be age 65 or older, Meet nursing home admission criteria at the intermediate level, meet established financial criteria, and have a medical need for at least one of the ElderChoices services.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list in Arkansas ? Elderly persons in Arkansas will not have a very long wait before getting services. Although it takes some time for the application to be approved, there is no waiting list for elder services.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Arkansas Medicaid waiver program offer? Arkansas Medicaid Waiver Services include: Homemaker, Chore, Home-Delivered Meals, Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), Adult Day Care, Adult Day Health Care, Respite, Adult Family Homes, and Adult Companion.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Who will provide my services? Medicaid eligible providers are able to provide services for people on the ElderChoices waiver.

Additional Information

Division of Aging and Adult Services Programs/Services

In addition to ElderChoices services, waiver recipients may receive other Medicaid covered services such as physician visits, some prescription drugs, and personal care services.

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Arkansas Waivers
  • Alternatives For Adults With Physical Disabilities Waiver, "AAPD" - Serves 2,122 people. This waiver allows persons aged 21-64 who meet the criteria for intermediate nursing home care to remain living at home and in the community. Services offered under this waiver include: attendant care and environmental modification. Persons must be able to supervise their service providers whom they may choose from the list of eligible providers. There is no waiting list.
  • Alternative Community Services Waiver, "ACS" or "DDS-ACS" - Serves 3988 people. This waiver allows for persons with MR/DD who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community. There is a waiting list of over 1,000 people.
  • Elder Choices Waiver - Serves 5,599 people. This waiver allows persons aged 65+ who meet the nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community as an alternative to institutionalization. Services offered under this program include: adult day care, adult foster care, chore and homemaker services, home delivered meals, emergency response, and respite care. There is no waiting list.
  • Living Choices / Assisted Living Facility Waiver, "ALF" - Serves 468 people. This waiver will allow individuals aged 21+ who meet the intermediate nursing home level of care to remain living in the community, including in a congregate setting. Services covered under this waiver include 24-hour supervision and limited nursing services. There is no waiting list.
  • TEFRA Waiver - TEFRA 134(a), Also known as the Katie Beckett option, allows children 18 or under with disabilities, who would otherwise be served in an institution to be served in the community without regard to the family's income. This demonstration waiver provides basic Medicaid services to children with disabilities, but uses a pay scale that is based on family income. This means that a family‚Äôs cost is adjusted depending on how much they earn, with the hope that no one is asked to pay more than they can afford for care. This waiver is designed to ensure that children with disabilities get the care they need in a community-based setting regardless of what their families can pay. The TEFRA program is coordinated by the Office of Long Term Care. For more information about the program, contact the Office of Long Term Care at (501) 682-8473.