AREA AGENCY ON AGING AND DISABILITY
The Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) functions as the district’s focal point and advocate for older adults and adults with disabilities in the Upper Cumberland. Activities include: Assessing needs and compiling plans, coordinating with other agencies, negotiating and monitoring contracts, providing public conservatorship for individuals who can no longer make health and financial decisions, serving as the initial contact for accessing needs for home and community based services and providing assistance to caregivers. Services provided through the AAAD are the foundation for improving the quality of life of older persons and other adults with disabilities by: creating community awareness of the needs of the target groups, generating resources to initiate and expand programs, coordinating with other agencies to address needs; such as housing, linking individuals in need with available services, providing hot nutritious meals, assisting caregivers, providing elder rights assistance and conducting home visits to determine individual needs.
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Adult Day Care
Adult Day Care provides a structured program for older persons who cannot be left alone. To be eligible for the program the individual must be ambulatory or semi-ambulatory.
Adult Day Care lasts more than three (3) hours per day but less than twenty-four (24) hours per day.
Adult Day Care is offered through Senior Centers in the following counties: Overton, Warren, and Cumberland.
Call Judy Roberson at 931-476-4168 to obtain information regarding available services.
TennCare CHOICES in Long-Term Care is a TennCare's program for long-term care services. This includes help doing everyday activities that you may no longer be able to do for yourself as you grow older, or if you have a physical disability - like bathing, dressing, getting around your home, preparing meals, or doing household chores.
Nursing home care can be supplemented with Long-Term care services.
Long-term care also includes certain services to help a person remain at home or in the community. These are called Home and Community Based Services or HCBS.
To enroll or obtain additional information, contact your TennCare health plan(Amerigroup or United Healthcare), Call toll free at 1-866-836-6678 or email cvassilev@ucdd.
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The Options Program is designed to assess the needs of individuals age 18 and over with disabilities and provide services in the areas of home-delivered meals, homemaker, or personal care. The goal is to assist consumers to live independently in their own homes.
Call toll free 1-866-836-6678 to obtain more information.
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The Family Caregiver Support Program provides information and assistance, counseling, respite care, and limited supplementary services (home-delivered meals, personal care, and homemaker) to enable caregivers of an adult 60+ years of age, caregiver of a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder regardless of age, or relatives age 55 or older who are primary caregivers of children no older than 18 years of age unless disabled, in their efforts to gain access to available services.
The Family Caregiver Senior Expo is held in October of each year at Tennessee Technological University’s Hyder-Burks Pavilion. The Expo is free and open to the public and offers one stop shopping for information on all types of services in the Upper Cumberland. With over 150 vendors, attendees can access free health screenings and find valuable information on; healthy lifestyles, retirement, legal issues, care giving, medical equipment, home health, housing options, finance, leisure activities, government services and much more.
For information, contact Clare Farless, Family Caregiver Coordinator, at the Upper Cumberland Development District’s Area Agency on Aging and Disability at 931-476-4143.
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Information and Assistance
The Information and Assistance Program maintains a database to connect older persons, adults with disabilities, and caregivers with available services and programs within their communities and throughout the Fourteen Upper Cumberland counties.
Call toll-free at 1-866-TENNOPT (1-866-836-6678) to find more information
about available services and programs.
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The Nutrition Program for the elderly has at least one congregate meal site in each of the 14 Upper Cumberland counties. Many of these sites are co-located with senior citizens centers. The Nutrition program also facilitates the delivery of home delivered meals to homebound older persons or other adults with disabilities.
The purposes of the Congregate Nutrition Program are to:
1. Promote, maintain and improve the health and well-being of eligible consumers aged 60 years and older, and adults with disabilities through the provision of nutritious meals and opportunities for social contact.
2. Reduce nutritional risk among consumers through the provision of nutritious meals, nutrition screening, and nutrition counseling, based on the needs of consumers.
3. Reduce social isolation experienced by many older persons and adults with disabilities through participation in a variety of social and nutrition service activities.
4. Provide planned nutrition education and supportive nutrition service activities in the congregate and home-delivered meals programs, in order to enhance the consumer’s ability to remain independent.
5. Link eligible consumers to available community services.
6. Reduce hunger and food insecurity.
7. Promote the health and well-being of older individuals by increasing access to nutrition and other disease prevention and health promotion services in order to delay the onset of adverse health conditions resulting from poor nutritional health and sedentary behavior.
For the location of a congregate meal site in your community, call Judy Roberson at 931-432-4111 or toll-free at 1-866-836-6678.
Home-delivered meals are available for homebound older persons and other adults with disabilities.
To find out how to receive home-delivered meals call toll-free at 1-866-836-6678.
There are twenty Senior Centers operating within the fourteen counties of the Upper Cumberland region. These centers link older persons with services available through social service agencies and offer myriad of activities on a daily basis.
Services provided at the centers include visitation, physical fitness, health screening, advocacy, telephone reassurance, information and assistance, leisure activities, outreach, education, recreation, volunteer opportunities, and intergenerational activities. Most centers offer congregate meals.
Locations and hours of operation can be obtained by calling Judy Roberson
at 931-476-4168 or toll-free at 1-866-TENNOPT (1-866-836-6678).
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free and objective counseling to all Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers who reside in the Upper Cumberland. Counseling topics include Medicare benefits, Medicare supplements, Medicaid and extra help assistance, long-term care insurance, prescription drug assistance and other related health insurance benefits and rights. SHIP actively recruits volunteer professionals to assist beneficiaries locally within their county. SHIP is funded by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is administered locally through the Upper Cumberland Development District.
To apply for extra help with Part D costs. Click here for guidelines.
For information on how to become a volunteer for SHIP, call toll free 1-877-801-0044.
For counceling assistance or to locate a certified SHIP/SMP volunteer counselor in your county, call toll free 1-877-801-0044.
To find out more go to www.tnmedicarehelp.com
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
SMP: Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud (Senior Medicare Patrol Project)
SMP recruits and trains retired professionals and others to educate beneficiaries on how to reduce and report Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
UCDD administers the statewide SMP Program.
If you suspect Medicare or Medicaid fraud, please contact 1-866-836-7677 for a counselor or volunteer in your area.
If you would like to volunteer with SMP, call 1-866-836-7677. www.tnmedicarehelp.com
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The Upper Cumberland Area Rural Transit System (UCARTS) provides transportation services
to all residents of the Upper Cumberland with priority being given to older persons and other
adults with disabilities and low income. The system provides rides to doctors, grocery stores,
county offices, nutrition sites, senior centers, etc.
To schedule a pick-up time or obtain information about available services call 931-372-8000.
The Public Guardianship Program is designed to aid persons 60 years of age and older who are unable to make financial and medical decisions and have no family member, friend, bank, or corporation able to act on their behalf. The District Public Conservator may, through court appointment, legally make decisions for care and manage the person and/or property on behalf of program participants.
Kym Dunham, Public Conservator for the Upper Cumberland, can be contacted at 931-476-4149.
Legal Assistance and Ombudsman
The legal assistance program utilizes senior citizen centers as contact points in each of the Upper Cumberland counties of Tennessee. Ben Kilgrow, an attorney, provides legal assistance in specified areas of law, giving priority to economically disadvantaged older persons.
Services include telephone consultation, individual conferences, community education and training, case preparation, and court appearances.
To contact Mr. Kilgrow, please call 1-931-432-4210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The District Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman seeks to obtain solutions and resolve problems on behalf of the residents. The Ombudsman works with many agencies and may be able to resolve questions or concerns that involve state and federal agencies serving residents of long-term care facilities.
For assistance, call Marie Ferran at 1-931-432-4210 or email email@example.com.
SENIOR P.R.E.P. is a program designed to raise awareness of the importance of individual emergency preparedness for Tennessee’s senior population, sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability.
The ice storm of 2015 affected thousands of people across the Upper Cumberland region. Nearly 40,000 people were without power, some for up to three weeks. Emergency personnel found hundreds of seniors ill prepared for such a disaster.
Through SENIOR P.R.E.P. (Planning and Resources for Emergency Preparedness), seniors and caregivers are being educated on life-saving steps to take in preparing for various disasters. SENIOR P.R.E.P. brochures are available which provide information about emergency tips, items that should be included in an emergency preparedness bag/kit, how to prepare for individuals with disabilities, planning tips for pets, information about shelters and contact information for assistance during a disaster.
For more information about Senior P.R.E.P., please contact Jessica Pruett at (931) 476-4157.