LOUISVILLE, KY (APRIL 9, 2020) – The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living (AAAIL) is committed to preserving the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 crisis through the continuation of service delivery with minimal interruptions. The KIPDA AAAIL has been closely monitoring changes in policy and funding at the local, state, and federal level in this rapidly evolving environment. We are actively evaluating changes and quickly implementing them throughout our community.
In partnership with organizations in our community, KIPDA AAAIL administers the programs that assure our region’s older adults in need are receiving meals; a top priority during the COVID-19 crisis.
The number of meals served in March 2020 exceed the number served in March 2019 by over 6500 meals. For the week ending April 3, over 5600 meals were provided in the KIPDA region with a projected 7500 to be served for the current week ending April 10. This is a continuation of service that KIPDA has provided with 223,000 meals already served in the KIPDA region this fiscal year.
Longstanding partnerships of over twenty years have allowed us to navigate and overcome the obstacles encountered as a result of COVID-19.
- Masterson’s Catering and Jewish Community of Louisville are producing quality meals
- Tri-County Community Action are serving meals in Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties
- Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency is serving those meals in Bullitt, Shelby, and Spencer counties
- Jewish Community of Louisville and the Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program are serving meals in Jefferson County
- Louisville WHEELS has modified their services, in part, by delivering meals to the older adults that they once transported to Senior Nutrition sites
Another consequence of the COVID-19 crisis is the increased demand for enrollment through the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange. KIPDA’s dedicated and experienced team of Assisters have played an increasingly critical role in assisting community members to enroll in health care coverage.
Assisters processed over 1600 Medicaid applications for our region’s now unemployed members needing immediate health care coverage and they are projected to complete an even higher amount of applications this week.
Our mission is to provide for our older adults, caregivers, those with disabilities, grandparents raising grandchildren, those needing insurance, and others will continue. We are experienced in providing rapid response in the face of adversity. KIPDA AAAIL, along with our community partners, have been providing necessary services to the community for nearly five decades and will continue during this critical time. While the method of service delivery may change, our mission has not. KIPDA is here and will continue to be a needed resource as we navigate COVID-19 and beyond.
Please contact our Aging and Disability Resource center at 502-266-5571 if you are needing assistance or information to assure you remain healthy, safe, and well at home.