To learn about the symptoms of COVID-19, how to stay safe, and what to do if you get sick, visit CDC’s COVID-19 info page at https://bit.ly/2JPsMkb
You can now receive up to 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests per residential address. Visit COVIDtests.gov to have the tests delivered to you by the U.S. Postal Service.
You can get a free COVID-19 PCR test even if you don’t have symptoms.There are testing sites across the state. You can also have a test kit shipped to your home. Learn more about how to get tested for COVID-19 by clicking here.
Feeling sick and need to speak with a doctor? Just tap on the Speak To a Doctor Now button on the home screen of the FreedomCare app to talk with a medical professional for free 24/7. If you don’t have the app, use this link to speak with a doctor: www.FreedomCareNY.com/Telehealth1
Feeling down or stressed? If you would like a listening ear or emotional support, you can call a licensed therapist at 1-800-433-2320, or text a therapist at 503-980-1777. This is a free service for FreedomCare caregivers and anyone who lives with you.
Budget and Financial Management assistance for disabled, homeless, and elderly persons. www.bfmakc.org
United Way of Kansas City
United Way is a nonprofit organization that can help with fundraising and social support. Contact the United Way of The Greater Kansas City area by calling 816-472-4289 or by visiting www.unitedwaygkc.org
Missouri Department of Social Services
For help with food stamps, health care, child care, child support, and other needs, visit https://mydss.mo.gov
The MO HealthNet Division offers health care coverage for eligible Missourians. If you do not currently have health care coverage through MO HealthNet, the Family Support Division can assist you with your application. Click here or call (573)-751-3425.
For household assistance, free AC unit programs, and help with food, clothes, and medical assistance, call the Bishop Sullivan Center at 816-231-0984 or visit www.bishopsullivan.org
Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City
For weatherization assistance in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area, contact CAAGKC by calling 816-459-9615 or visiting www.caagkc.org
Phone Purchase Option for Consumers & Caregivers
Eligible caregivers and patients can receive a free Smartphone or SIM Card with free minutes, texts, and data through SafeLink Wireless. You must be enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, Section 8, TANF, or another Missouri assistance program to qualify. To find out more, click here.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit is designed to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. To find out if you’re eligible, click here or call (833)-511-0311.
Missouri Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program
The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program provides cost-effective, energy-efficient home improvements to Missouri's low income households, especially for the elderly, children, and those with disabilities. Income eligible homeowners, and tenants with their landlord’s permission, are eligible. Typical weatherization measures include
air sealing to reduce infiltration,
attic, sidewall, floor, foundation, pipe, and duct insulation,
Find assistive technology devices, adaptive equipment, and durable medical equipment like refurbished walkers, shower chairs, wheelchairs, and wheelchair parts by reviewing the Recycle and Reuse programs listed here.
Accessibility Medical Equipment LLC
Accessibility Medical Equipment sells refurbished and low-cost mobility equipment, bathroom safety equipment, hospital beds & furniture, lifts & transfer aids, and more. Click here or call (866)-201-3829.
You can connect with a live person at the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 by calling their support number at 800-272-3900
Connect with others who care for loved ones with Alzheimer's through free support groups, online message boards and forums, education programs, and blog posts at https://bit.ly/3hF5j4P
As Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia progress, your loved one's behaviors may change. Behavior change can be hard to handle, but here are some resources to guide you through each stage of the disease: https://bit.ly/2zHrjLx
Cancer Information Specialists are available 24/7 to answer your question about:
Specific cancers and coping with cancer
Treatment options and side effects
Medicines and pain control
Prevention and screening
There are many local and national resources available to cancer patients that they can refer you to including:patient services, support groups, social services, medical equipment, wigs and prostheses, transportation, lodging, and financial programs. Call 1-800-227-2345 or visit https://bit.ly/2N3QkU6
Cancer Support Community
Connect with English and Spanish speaking counselors and resource specialists available to chat with you and support you (M-F 9 am - 9 pm) by calling 1-888-793-9355 or visiting https://bit.ly/3d9V5Gj
National Helpline (1-800-662-HELP (4357)) is a free, confidential, 24/7/365 treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for people and families facing mental or substance use disorders
SAMHSA provides referrals to local treatment centers, support groups, and community organizations. Learn more here: https://www.samhsa.gov
To find an Aging Services Agency near you, click here.
MO Department of Health and Senior Services
For information on topics like self-care, reducing stress, and caring for patients with Alzhiemer’s, click here. For information about independent living, finding an advocate, nursing homes, and other long-term care, click here or call 816-387-2104 (Region 4).
Missouri’s Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline responds to reports of abuse, bullying, neglect, and financial exploitation of vulnerable individuals 60 and older and people with disabilities between 18 and 59.
If you suspect someone is being abused, bullied, neglected or exploited, call the hotline at (800)-392-0210 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. or use the online reporting system between 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may utilize Relay Missouri by calling (800)-735-2466.
Falsification of Timesheets (Missouri)
If you suspect a caregiver is falsifying their timesheets, you can report them by calling (573)-751-3285. Click here to learn more.