The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services is a cabinet-level agency within state government and acts as the lead entity for programs serving older West Virginians. The Bureau along with Metro Area Agency on Aging administers funding to Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc. to provide services to our senior citizens in Mingo County. Coalfield Community Action Partnership Inc. takes great pride in our senior services because we are assisting one of our county’s most valuable resources, our senior citizens.
We currently have four centers located in Williamson, Delbarton, Gilbert, and Matewan areas. Our senior center sites provide participants with an opportunity to socialize with one another and enjoy a hot nutritious meal. Our centers also offer exercise equipment, a dining area, computers and a recreation area for seniors to access. In our centers we also offer many services to our seniors such as assisted transportation, telephoning, trainings, and health screenings. Our senior center sites are open Monday through Friday 8 am until 2 pm. The only eligibility for participating in our services is that the individual must be 60 years of age or older.
Home Delivered Meal Program
The Older Americans Act Title III Home Delivered Meals Program is designed to provide meal service to those who are homebound and unable to cook. Coalfield C.A.P., Inc. has home delivered services in the Williamson, and Kermit areas. Not only does the home delivered client receive a hot nutritious meal but they are also contacted throughout the week with our telephoning service. Our service hours for delivery are between the hours of 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Eligibility Criteria for Home Delivery
Individuals may be able to receive a home delivered meal based on the following:
1. The person is 60 years of age or older, AND is
2. Homebound: The person cannot leave his/her house under normal circumstances (and is therefore unable to participate in the senior center) due to illness, including a terminal illness; incapacitating disability; isolation; and /or lack of transportation.
3. Lives alone and is physically or mentally unable to obtain food and prepare meals, and there is no one else available to obtain food and prepare meals.
Not all areas of the county are being served currently due to funding constraints if you are interested in any type of senior service please contact our main office for more details to see which service is best suited for you.
In-Home Care Programs
Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc. has two programs, funded through the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, for caregivers:
FAIR provides in-home respite care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Criteria to be eligible are to have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and be a resident of Mingo County. Our services provides up to 16 hours of respite care per week and a regular break for caregivers. This program also provides stimulation and socialization for the person with Alzheimer's. A sliding fee scale is based upon household income.
The LIGHTHOUSE Program is designed to assist those seniors who have functional needs in their homes. Services are provided by a caregiver employed by Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc. after an applicant for the program has been determined eligible by the provider’s Registered Nurse. This program is unique in that it is funded by the State of West Virginia and participants pay based on their monthly income. Administered by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, services are delivered by a trained caregiver employed by Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc.
A Lighthouse client can receive up to sixty hours of service per month, based on a Client Assessment and resources available. The Lighthouse Program provides support in four areas:
Personal Care: Grooming, Bathing, Dressing, and Toileting
Mobility: Transferring and Walking
Nutrition: Meal Preparation, Eating, and Grocery and/or Pharmacy Shopping.
Environment: Light Housecleaning, Making and Changing the Client’s Bed, and Client’s Laundry.
To participate in the program one must be at least 60 years of age and meet the medical and financial eligibility requirement.
Coalfield Community Action Partnership Inc. also provides additional In-Home Care Services for those who receive WV Medicaid and Veterans Benefits.
The Personal Care Program is a West Virginia Medicaid reimbursement program funded by West Virginia DHHR and the Bureau of Medical Services. Personal Care services are medically oriented activities or tasks ordered by a physician, implemented according to a Nursing Plan of care and completed under the supervision of a registered nurse. Generally, anyone who is 18 or older who is Medicaid eligible and has a Pre Screening Application from a physician is eligible for in-home personal care services which include: Personal hygiene, Physical assistance such as helping a client walk or repositions/transferring of a client, help in feeding, light house cleaning, shopping, and payment of bills.
The Aged and Disabled Waiver is an in - home care program. Homemaker staff comes to your home to assist with your personal needs. This program is an alternative to nursing home care. This means that you have the same type of needs as someone in a nursing home but it does not mean that you must go into a nursing home. When you first apply for services, a Registered Nurse will contact you for an evaluation in your home. To be eligible, an individual must have needs in at least five areas of activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include some of the following: Eating, Bathing, Dressing, Grooming, Mobility, Toileting and other areas of need. To receive services from the Waiver program, you must first meet the criteria for both medical and financial eligibility.
The services that you may receive from the Waiver Program include Case Management and Homemaker Services. Self-directed options are also available. The services are defined below:
Case Management Services: A Case Manager is a licensed professional who assesses and identifies your needs, helps you plan for your care, and advocates for and connects you with services or resources in the community.
Homemaker Services: A Homemaker is a trained care provider who assists you with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, fixing your meals, or other personal care needs. These Homemaker Services are supervised by a Registered Nurse.
The Community Care Program offers services to disabled Veterans who have completed their active duty as required by the Department of Veteran Affairs and receiving supplemental benefits. Community Care services are ordered by a physician and implemented by a nursing plan of care under the supervision of a registered nurse. Veterans are referred to our agency by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Huntington, WV. The agency provides In-Home services such as personal hygiene assistance, physical assistance with walking or transferring, assistance with feeding, light housekeeping, shopping, payment of bills, and respite relief for caregivers.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking. The Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver program (TBI) is funded by WV Medicaid. It provides home and community-based waiver services to West Virginia residents who are both medically and financially eligible to participate in the program. The purpose of this waiver is to prevent unnecessary institutionalization by providing services and supports that are person-centered and promotes choice, independence, participant-directed, respect, dignity and community integration. Our service area includes: Mingo, McDowell, Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln, Boone, Logan, and Wyoming counties. This is a referred based program.
The Private Pay program is for those not eligible for our grant funded in home care programs. Private pay home care is what many people choose when they can no longer do everything in the home by themselves. This type of home care enables these individuals to stay in their homes as long as they possibly can. Often times, people do not need the extensive care and rehab that would be provided in a nursing home, and they do not want to or cannot go to live with friends or relatives. Instead, private pay home care makes it easy for them to get the care they need in the place that is best for them.
Private Pay is not limited to just the elderly. This service may be necessary for a younger person who has had surgery and is now discharged from a hospital or rehab facility. The surgery could be the result of an accident, where the person does not have complete use of their extremities, or it could be because of a chronic and debilitating condition or disease. It can also be the case where parents of children who suffer from a chronic condition need to hire private pay home care so that they can return to work during the day. Some of the services that include the following:
1. Shopping and preparing meals
2. Bathing and dressing the client
3. Assisting with exercise, including range of motion
4. Attending outings and general companionship
5. Reminding an individual on how and when to take any prescribed medication