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Agency Helps Wichita Senior Adults and Residents with Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injuries Live Independently in the Community

Wichita, KS, October 27, 2011 --( communityworks inc, a regional provider of services that help seniors and people with disabilities and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) live independently in their communities, has expanded its service area to include Wichita and surrounding communities.

Since 1991, communityworks, based in Overland Park, Kan., has helped thousands of individuals living in Kansas and Missouri leave institutional settings and return home to their communities to live life on their terms. As a consumer-driven service provider, communityworks supports and encourages individuals to direct their own care and to live, work and play in community settings. Professional staff provides in-home supports, resource coordination, therapies and employments services – everything individuals need to live fulfilling lives.

“The communityworks philosophy is based on a belief that family and caregivers need to respond to cues and directives that come from the individual consumer,” said Williams. “We know from experience that when individuals are at the center of every decision and interaction and actively participate in the planning process, they are far more likely to thrive and discover success outside of institutional settings.”

Just a few decades ago, traditional nursing homes and long-term care facilities were viewed as the best and sometimes the only option for individuals living with cognitive and physical challenges. In recent years, however, organizations such as communityworks have been proving there’s a better and more cost-effective way. The agency’s model of care is being replicated by other providers nationally and internationally.

“Living independently doesn’t mean individuals do it all on their own,” Williams says. “The communityworks team helps individuals identify their needs and goals and helps them connect with the supports they need to achieve success.
Our team is adept at navigating the twists and turns individuals are likely to encounter. We also are familiar with funding options so we can help individuals tap into the resources, both private and public, they are eligible to receive.”

In Kansas, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services reports a savings of $20,000 per person, per month, for individuals using communityworks services paid for by Medicaid as compared to individuals in institutional settings.

There’s support for community-based living options at the federal level, too. Through the Affordable Care Act, $4.3 billion in new funds has been allocated so that Medicaid beneficiaries can move out of institutions and into their own homes and other community settings. Through programs such as Money Follows the Person and the Community First Choice Option, communityworks empowers individuals to live life on their own terms.

“Our team is excited about working with individuals and families in the Wichita area,” Williams says. “The vast majority of people who need long-term care, including senior adults and those living with TBI or disabilities, prefer to live in their own homes and communities. We’re pleased to be able to help Wichita residents connect with the resources they need to do so.”

“Placing individuals in institutions where even the simplest decisions of the day – when to get up, what to eat and when to sleep - are made by someone else can no longer be the norm, she says.”

With offices in Overland Park, Lawrence, Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka and now Wichita, community works impacted the lives of 1,114 individuals living with TBI and disabilities in 2010. New consumers and their families work closely with a case manager to facilitate the transition and to ensure that finances, housing and appropriate in-home support is available. Consumers utilize available private and public funding sources, with guidance from their case manager, to hire, manage and pay personal care attendants, therapists and required support staff.

To learn more or to inquire about services, individuals or family members can call toll-free 866.429.6757 or go to

about communityworks, inc.
communityworks, inc. was founded in 1991 to support people of all abilities who wish to live, work and play in their community. The company is firmly committed to the belief that individuals with brain injuries and other disabilities can and should play an active role in making decisions related to their rehabilitation and living options.

communityworks supports and encourages individuals to direct their own care and serves people living in communities in Kansas and Missouri. The company assists individuals with traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents, acquired brain injury, complex multi-diagnosis situations, central nervous system disorders, spinal cord injury as well as work-related injuries.

Professional staff provides in-home supports, resource coordination, therapies and employment services. The communityworks team is adept at identifying available funding options and ensuring that individuals make the most of resources they are eligible to receive. The goal is to help people navigate through the funding process and tap into benefits offered by public agencies and private insurance.

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Janet M. Williams

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