About the Maui County Office on Aging
The Maui County Office on Aging provides services to the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The emphasis on Aging in Place underlies all activities in which MCOA engages. Every service, program, and product endorsed or implemented by MCOA and contracted providers serve to assist Maui County’s seniors and persons of all ages with disabilities to lead independent, fulfilled, and dignified lives in their own homes and own communities for as long as possible and appropriate.
The mission of the Maui County Office on Aging is to promote and protect the well-being of older adults in Maui County. MCOA personnel work diligently to ensure that Maui’s older adults are able to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. The Older Americans Act of 1965, reauthorized in 2000 and amended in 2006, is the basis for all activities and services of the Maui County Office on Aging.
The Older Americans Act mandates MCOA to take the lead role in aging issues on behalf of the older persons in Maui County. As the designated lead agency at the local level, MCOA shall promote and protect the well-being of the older person in Maui County.
The Maui County Office of Aging (MCOA) staff conducts outreach to the elderly to identify and assess needs and refer the elderly to appropriate service providers.
Services are provided through Federal Title III and State funds. For both fund sources, one must be 60 years of age and over to qualify for services. Also, for those receiving services through the State funded Kupuna Care Program (KC), there are other requirements that must be met to qualify.
These requirements are:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien
- Must not be covered by any comparable government or private home- and community-based care services
- Must not reside in an institution, such as ICF, SNF, ARCH, hospital, foster family.
- Must have significant reduced mental capacity, or be unable to perform two or more of the activities listed below:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL): Eating, bathing, dressing, transferring from bed to chair, controlling bowel and bladder, and moving about the house safely without assistance
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL): Preparing meals, shopping for food and personal items, taking medications
Based its 4 Year Area Plan on Aging, MCOA contracts with organizations serving the elderly to provide the following services to reflect the priority needs of the County's older adults and their caregivers.
- Adult day care
- Case management
- Chore services
- Congregate meals
- Family caregiver support services
- (caregiver or care recipient must be 60+)
- Adult day care respite
- In-home respite
- Information and assistance
- Friendly visiting
- Home-delivered meals
- Homemaker services
- In-Home Respite
- Information and Assistance
- Legal assistance for grandparents (55+) raising grandchildren
- Legal assistance for seniors (60+)
- Nutrition counseling
- Nutrition education
- Personal care
- Telephone reassurance
The Maui County Office on Aging (MCOA), in coordination with the Hawaii State Executive Office on Aging and the County Area Agencies on Aging, is in the initial stages of implementing a 5-year Plan to become a fully functioning Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).
The ADRC will provide the single point of entry to access information, referrals and linkages for disability groups of all ages, including frail elders, adults with physical disabilities, individuals with developmental disabilities or mental illness, and children with long-term support needs. The ADRC will also screen and link individuals to the state Medicaid agency if it is determined that the individual requesting assistance is likely to be Medicaid eligible.
MCOA is acting in response to the national mandate that will unite, simplify and streamline the process of learning about and accessing services for seniors and individuals of all ages with disabilities so that they may receive appropriate levels of assistance and care in their homes and in their communities.
The website, http://www.mauicountyadrc.org/
, serves as a virtual Aging and Disability Resource Center that, combined with traditional face-to-face services, provides greater options for accessing information, assistance, and referral for families living either near and far.
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