Personal Care Training
The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging provides free Personal Care Training to anyone 18 years of age or older. The training includes lessons on communication skills, body functions, diseases common among the elderly and disabled populations, mental health, personal care skills and record keeping.
Individuals eligible for the Elderchoices program (Medicaid Waiver) are eligible to receive this service at no cost. Homemaker services are also available to Non-Medicaid individuals on a private pay basis. All services are provided by trained, certified personal care aides. Upon entering employment at the Area Agency on Aging all personal care aides complete criminal background checks.
Our Respite Care Services provide temporary relief to persons providing long term care in their homes. As an example this service might provide relief for a daughter who is providing care in her home for her mother. Relief may be provided to address an emergency need or scheduled relief based on the caregiver’s routine needs.
Part of maintaining your independence at home is being prepared for unforeseen incidents and emergencies that may occur. Our Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) provides an in-home 24 hour a day electronic support system with two-way verbal and electronic communication with an emergency control and response which enables an elderly homebound person to secure immediate help in the event of a physical, emotional, or environmental crisis. To ensure quality performance our system is monitored in the home at least once a month in person by one of our case managers.
Medicaid eligible individuals who meet certain medical criteria are eligible to receive this service at no cost. Personal Care is also available to individuals on a private pay basis and may be covered by some long term care insurance policies. All services are provided by trained, certified personal care aides. Upon entering employment at the Area Agency on Aging all personal care aides complete criminal background checks.