There are many community resources in the Kansas City area and nationally. Below are some helpful links to websites and publications.
COVID-19 Resources and tips
Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. The Shepherd’s Center of KC and our volunteers are on the front lines every day, focused on doing all they can to keep older Americans safe and nourished in Kansas City. The costs and efforts needed to protect seniors from COVID-19 require additional emergency funds, and that is why we are asking federal lawmakers, corporations, foundations and the general public to remember these vulnerable seniors in our national response.
Staying Connected at Home During COVID-19
Designated Cooling Centers-Health officials recommend avoiding the excessive heat by staying in an air-conditioned building if possible. While going to public places such as shopping centers or libraries are options for those who don’t have air conditioners in their homes, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has developed this online tool to find the designated cooling center nearest you through entering your zip code.
Project ElderCool – Project ElderCool is Bishop Sullivan Center’s annual effort to help our elderly and disabled neighbors find refuge from the summer’s deadly heat.
Link for Care
Link for Care is a free online resource to search a variety of services in the greater Kansas City area. There are over 9 counties, 119 cities, and 50 transportation services with a total of over 1400 services listed. Shepherd’s Center Central partners with University of Kansas, Landon Center on Aging to provide phone support for the website.
CARE for the FAMILY CAREGIVER: A Place to Start – This booklet is designed to give you an overview of the basic aspects and issues involved with caregiving. It is not an exhaustive report on the subject. Rather, it provides basic information about many important and universal aspects of caregiving.
www.helenemmott.com – Helen Emmott is a registered nurse, caregiver and author. Her book, website and blog can be a great resource for any caregiver.
KCP&L Economic Relief Pilot Program – Helps ease the pain of monthly bills and provide help to budget customers’ monthly expenses. For Missouri customers only, the program provides those with an income at or below 200% of the current federal poverty level with a credit of up to $65 per month, for a maximum of 12 consecutive months, if you qualify.
Elder Abuse and Scam Reporting
Financial scams and abuses that target older people are happening more and more.
This hotline is a free resource created by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime for people to report fraud against anyone age 60 or older.