Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which serves the Dearborn county area as LifeTime Resources, provides support to both the elderly and people with disabilities of all ages to live within their own homes and communities. AAA "collaborates with communities, local organizations, and other units of government to provide services to individuals and their families." AAA is an important second point of entry for people wishing to apply for Medicaid Waiver and CHOICE programs as it handles applications for the Aged and Disabled Waiver as well as the Traumatic Brain Injury waiver. The goals of the in-home services programs available through AAA include "allowing people to live independently in their own homes, providing an array of services to prevent institutionalization, and coordinating services." In-home services are funded primarily through two avenues: the Medicaid Waiver and CHOICE programs. Services provided focus on prevention, early intervention, protection and advocacy. If you are interested in assistance to live in your own home or in having additional supports within your family's home contact BDDS first and apply for the Medicaid Waiver and the CHOICE programs. BDDS may refer you to your local AAA as a second point of entry.
You may also contact the accessAbility for more information. accessABILITY is governed by people with disabilities and was established to assist people in creating the supports needed to achieve independence. accessABILITY is available to prepare to interview and select personal assistants and other support service providers.