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What Is In-Home Care?

In-home care brings services into a home or an apartment, and may include a long-term care program, or other services to help an older adult or an individual with a disability live independently.

Qualifications for in-home care may include age and/or disability as well as financial factors and the need for assistance with bathing, dressing, housework, or laundry. On-going oversight by a qualified Care Manager may be provided and, if needed, in-home respite services may be available to assist with family caregiver support.

In-Home Care Options may include an array of services from homemaking and personal care to home delivered meals and personal emergency response systems.

  • Homemaking: May include help with  tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and taking care of the home.
  • Personal Care: Could include assistance with bathing, dressing, or personal grooming.
  • Home Delivered Meals: Nutritious meals delivered directly to the door for those who are unable to cook.
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems: Fall prevention programs can help seniors stay safe, but in case of an emergency, there are now systems and devices available that can connect a senior or someone with a disability to emergency and medical services in the case of a fall or other emergency.

There are also additional senior care services available such as medication management or assistance with a Nursing Facility Transition.

  • Medication Management: This service will give an older adult or a person with a disability, who may take multiple medications at various times, assistance with monitoring and dispensing them.
  • Nursing Facility Transition (NFT): The NFT program can assist someone who is currently living in a nursing home and has barriers to living independently, but wishes to leave the nursing home to return to the community and to live in their own home, apartment, or assisted living. Referrals often come from someone living in a nursing home, a social worker, family member, or friend. Services include an initial interview, individual care plan, housing assistance, and other support services such as those listed above. To learn more about the NFT program, click here.

Click here to find out more about in-home care options provided by Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.  Still have questions on whether in-home care is right for you or your loved one? Contact Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 456-5664 or (888) 456-5664 to answer questions and help determine if our programs are a good fit for you or your loved one.

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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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