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An older adult couple standing in front of their home confident that they will be able to remain there as they age utilizing the services Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan has to offer.
A smiling older adult male, being hugged his grandchildren. The children are happy their grandpa is living with them.
A key in a door lock, signifying that one doesn't have to leave their home or lose their independence as they age with services provided through Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.
A smiling, older woman who knows the options available to her to remain independent.

Long-Term Care Options for Grand Rapids Seniors

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan provides aging West Michigan area residents and their families with long-term care options. We partner with resources in the community to help seniors age in their own homes.

Choices for Independence is for older adults age 60 and over who need help to stay living in their own home. A licensed Social Worker will meet in-person with an individual and any member of their support system they choose (i.e. spouse, family members, and friends) to explain their options to continue living at home.

Choices for Independence is geared towards those who don’t know what assistance and support is available for in-home care services for seniors. Individuals and families are encouraged to pair personal resources with community programs to enhance safety and needed care.

The focus is on the individual and keeping them in charge of their own care. There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted.

Benefits of Independent Living

Seniors who choose to age in their own homes often thrive thanks to the independence of living on their own. They benefit from remaining in a familiar environment in their own homes and communities without making drastic changes. Older adults who live in their own homes generally continue to maintain social networks and are often in contact with friends, family, and neighbors. They tend to benefit from a greater sense of well-being.


  • Age 60 or older
  • Live in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola Counties
  • Desire to stay in your own home with personal and community resources
  • Have a difficult time taking care of your needs (such as bathing, dressing, housework, and taking medications) without assistance

Referral Process:

To participate in the Choices for Independence program, a referral must be made to AAAWM (referrals can be made by medical professionals, family members, friends or the individual themselves).

To Make a Referral:

Please note, we are able to provide language translation services over the phone.

Contact our Information and Assistance team at (888) 456-5664 or (616) 456-5664 or send an email. Please note that our Information and Assistance team may need to contact someone by phone for additional information.

What information is needed for a referral to the Choices for Independence Program?

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Marital Status
  • Gross, monthly income amount
  • Income source(s)
  • Medicare number (if applicable)
  • Medicaid number (if applicable)
  • Preferred language

View our In-Home Care Frequently Asked Questions or download the Choices for Independence Brochure.

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
3215 Eaglecrest Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664 • Fax: 616-456-5692


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