Home health, assisted living, skilled care, or home maker services – navigating long-term care options can be daunting for individuals and their caregivers. A new state resource is helping take some of the guess work out of finding appropriate home and community based services to help South Dakotans live independently as they age.
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The Aging and Disability Resource Connections (ADRC) was established through a grant from the Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. AARP South Dakota served on the advisory panel during the grant writing process and provided input to ensure the ADRC meets consumers’ needs.
“AARP believes individuals should have the option to receive long-term care and supportive services in the setting of their choice,” said Sam Wilson, associate state director for AARP South Dakota. “Finding those services can be challenging, especially in a rural state like South Dakota. Having the ADRC assist families in determining what services are needed, which agencies can provide those services, and what if any benefits someone is eligible is a huge help. The no-wrong-door approach can relieve stress and provide peace of mind for those helping coordinate care for a loved one.”
The ADRC first launched in the Sioux Falls area, but is now available to residents statewide, providing objective information, assistance and access to long term service and support for consumers within their local communities. A comprehensive and user-friendly online database is available to ADRC staff as they provide information and resources to South Dakotans over age 60 and adults over age 18 with physical disabilities.
The ADRC can be contacted on line, or by phone in the following areas:
- Rapid City Area Call Center: 1-855-315-1986
- Pierre Area Call Center: 1-855-642-3055
- Watertown Area Call Center: 1-855-315-1987
- Mitchell Area Call Center: 1-855-315-1988
- Sioux Falls Area Call Center: 1-877-660-0301
Find more information online with South Dakota Aging and Disability Resource Connections.