Wichita was originally founded as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail in the 1860’s. Decades later, this Midwestern town continues to supply the needs of its community. Wichita is a down home community that boasts a low cost of living. While that helps seniors stretch their limited funds and live on a fixed budget, some seniors still need a helping hand with food, housing, and medical care. Here are some resources where you can find that extra help from federal, state, and local agencies.
Meeting the nutritional needs of seniors goes a long way towards helping them avoid nursing home care and remain in the community for as long as possible. Senior meals in Wichita are provided by Senior Services, Inc., the Wichita Meals on Wheels program. The program serves hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors. Seniors who live in rural areas also get two-day emergency rations. In addition to Meals on Wheels, Senior Services, Inc. offers the Roving Pantry, where seniors can call in a grocery order and have it delivered directly to their homes. The program is great for seniors who have mobility or vision impairments. The United Methodist Church also has a food pantry, which also offers a supplemental food delivery program for seniors age 60 and older.
Getting around can be difficult for seniors who can no longer drive. Seniors who need rides to appointments and errands can schedule an affordable ride through Sedgwick County Transportation. The service operates Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and rides must be scheduled ahead of time.
The city of Wichita operates a home repair program to help seniors remain in their homes safely. It’s a unique program that helps seniors with free paint, historic home loans, emergency home repairs, deferred home loans, and deferred low-interest home loans.
Senior Corps, along with Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions operates a program called RSVP Volunteer Program, a federally supported program to support community service and volunteering. Volunteers who are age 55 and older provide services to other seniors in the community who need help. The Independent Living Resource Center provides assistance with home modification services to enhance safety and accessibility, so seniors can live independently. Examples of modifications are wheelchair ramps, shower benches, and lift chairs.
Many senior services are available through the Sedgwick Department on Aging for health, wellness, and medical assistance.
Here are a few of them:
COMCARE-Community Assessment Program for Seniors (CAPS): Provides mental health services to seniors age 60 and older. Counseling services are provided at the senior’s home, at senior centers, at the COMCARE office, or at another location.
Guadalupe Clinic Health Screening and Prescription Voucher Program: This program is open to seniors age 60 and older. It provides health screenings for routine blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight checks. The clinic also provides health and nutrition assessments, and health education presentation.
Medical Services Bureau-Plus Medical Services: Seniors can receive vouchers for prescription medications, diabetic supplies, Medicare Part D co-pays, and low cost eye exams and glasses.
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