From: Kansas City, Wyandotte County
Impact of Budget Cuts: Loss of HCBS/PD Waiver Services
LOC Score: 18
Senator: Chris Steineger (6th)
Representative: Rick Rehorn (32nd)
William McClain came to a sobering point the other day when a representative from the hospital that runs the Lifeline Program, a safety moderating program in case of falls or emergencies, came into his apartment and walked out with his Lifeline unit. William thought, "Well, I have not fallen for sometime, but yes, I could fall any day and whom would I call?" The people who work in the building where William lives have been told they cannot answer phone calls or door knocks. Residents need to call the office downtown during normal business hours. Once William does fall, he is down and can't get up without help. His Parkinsons has progressed to the point that he really can't yell for help either.
With the help of the HCBS/PD waiver program, William was able to make the move to living alone, and with minimal amount of help with food preparation, shopping and cleaning. William has done well with the help of the HCBS/PD waiver program and help from his neurologists at KU Med Center. With the 8 hours of help each week, William was able to avoid going to a nursing home that would cost the state much more to take care of him. Now he will be losing his HCBS/PD Waiver Services, and unfortunately, William does not have friends or relatives nearby who can, or even would, take care of him.