One of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. is the business of senior care. As baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, demand and competition for quality care is growing fast. There are many companies that provide medical needs to seniors. One in Wichita offers a comprehensive list of services and 95 percent of their clients are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…
A scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.
The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. A prerecorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then, the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.
More than 800 Wichita seniors are fed a hot lunch on weekdays as part of Meals on Wheels. Federal sequestration could reduce funding for the program but not the bond that forms between volunteers and clients.
Nancy Hindle, 90, lives alone in a west Wichita apartment; she has been a widow the past three years. She has family in the area helping her with daily needs, but cooking a meal is a difficult task.
"I got so I couldn't put things together," says Hindle. "I have arthritis real bad. I don't ever use my oven if I'm by myself."
Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.
“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.
"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."
The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.
House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.
Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill
A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.
Education hearings continue at Statehouse; Bill would bar health accreditation; Tour will help gauge needs of older Kansans.
Hearings Continue On Education Funding Amendment
A committee in the Kansas Senate continued hearings Thursday on a constitutional amendment that could block some lawsuits over school funding. The proposed change to the state Constitution says only the Legislature can set school spending levels.