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CARF Accreditation: Case Management

7/31/2018 11:30am

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan has been awarded a three-year accreditation from CARF International for Case Management. CARF International is a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Its goal is to ensure that persons served remain at the center of the service delivery process. This accreditation is official recognition that our organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices and reflects our organization's commitment to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences, and providing the best possible quality of care to the people we serve. 

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Public Notice: Older Americans Act proposal - Allegan County

7/19/2018 9:00am

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) has released the FY 2019 Older Americans Act proposal for Homemaker and Respite Services in Allegan County. Anyone interested in requesting funds to provide these services to older adults in Allegan County must complete the proposal which is available at here or from AAAWM at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive, N.E., Grand Rapids, MI  49525. General information about completing the proposal packet can be found here. Questions can be directed to Anne Ellermets at 616-222-7014 or Anne@aaawm.org.

 

The deadline for returning the FY 2019 Older Americans Act proposal for Homemaker and Respite Services in Allegan County to the AAAWM office is Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 12:00 pm.

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KCSM Letter of Intent Announcement

7/1/2018 7:00am

The 2019 Kent County Senior Millage Funding Process

Letters of Intent are due Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2019 Kent County Senior Millage funds.  Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM office building at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org.  Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared with all individuals receiving this email.  Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Administrators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).

Agencies will be notified by August 9, 2018 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm.  Meetings with the KCMRC for proposers will be October 8, 2018. Please save this date to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC. 

Continuation Funding Forms

Current service partners will receive continuation of funding forms on August 9, 2018.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on one of the following October dates – October 8, 9, or 10, 2018.

The 2019 funding level is expected to be close to $11 million.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. The Letter of Intent packet can be found accessed here. To learn more, go to partners/kent_county_senior_millage_partners and look under the heading Resources. If you have questions about these resources you can contact your Contract Administrator or Anne Ellermets at (616) 222-7014 or Anne@aaawm.org

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Announcement: SCSEP Ends

6/25/2018 8:30am

We regret to announce that Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) will no longer be participating in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP/Title V) effective June 25, 2018. Individuals previously participating in SCSEP through AAAWM have been reassigned. 

If you’re seeking employment assistance, please contact the AARP Foundation at (616) 649-0310. You can learn more about SCSEP by following this link: https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/income/scsep/

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Annual Implementation Plan Draft

5/18/2018 8:48pm

The Draft Annual Implementation Plan is available for view. You may click here to view and download the plan. 

Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing, which will be conducted at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s office on: 

Monday, June 4, 2018 1:00 pm AAAWM Office 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7005 AAAWM Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664 

If you would like to email your comments, you can download a comment form here

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CARF Survey June 18 - June 20, 2018

5/17/2018 8:30am

Announcement:
 
A survey team from CARF International* will be visiting AAAWM June 18 through June 20, 2018. Click here for printable version of annoucement.
 
We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality and best practice. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve in order to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients. AAAWM hopes to achieve continuation of the accreditation we earned in 2015 for our Care Management and Home & Community Services.
 
As part of the evaluation, the surveyors will interview people who receive services, their families, our staff, and others. Some questions the survey team members might ask people are:
• Do we provide a clean and safe setting?
• Do you receive the services you need and want?
• Are you treated with respect?
• Do you take part in planning your services?
• Are you told what you need to know about your services?
• Are your questions answered in a way you understand?
• Do you know where to go with questions or concerns?
 
If you would like to talk with one of the survey team members or want to learn more about CARF International, please let one of our staff members know. You can contact us directly at (616) 456-5664 | (888) 456-5664 | aaainfo@aaawm.org
 
You may also contact CARF International directly.
• Internet: www.carf.org/contact-us
• E-mail: feedback@carf.org
• Mail: CARF International, 6951 East Southpoint Road, Tucson, AZ 85756, USA
• Telephone: (520) 495-7001
• Fax: (520) 318-1129
 
*CARF International - A group of companies that includes CARF, CARF Canada, and CARF Europe.

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Announcement: Public Hearing

5/8/2018 7:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING ANNOUNCEMENT

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking comment on its Draft Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for fiscal year 2019.

“The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan values the feedback of those who reside in our nine county service region. We encourage the public to attend this hearing and share ideas, comments and ask questions,” says Lacey Charboneau, AAAWM Advocacy Coordinator and Planner.

Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing, which will be conducted at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s office on:

Monday, June 4, 2018 1:00 pm

AAAWM Office 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7005 AAAWM

Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664

As part of AAAWM’s Draft Annual Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2019, the agency will address healthy aging, access to dental care, person-centered planning, elder abuse prevention, creating innovative programs to reach older adults at all stages of aging, support for those caring for seniors, access to services for LGBT elders, and making our communities dementia friendly.

The Draft AIP will be available for review and/or download on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan website (www.aaawm.org) on May 18, 2018. Written comments will be accepted through June 13, 2018 by 5:00 pm. Individuals can submit comments online at www.aaawm.org, through the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging) by email (laceyc@aaawm.org) or by mailing their comments to 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan serves older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola counties. For more information on the plan, or other services to older adults, please contact the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 456-5664, visit www.aaawm.org, or find us on Facebook!

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LGBT and Aging Initiative Update

2/9/2018 2:00pm

Read the latest about the LGBT and Aging Initiative This initiative is funded by a two-year grant through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The objective of the grant is to improve care for LGBT older adults and to help reduce social isolation.To help achieve this, AAAWM is working to create a resource guide which includes organizations who have policies or written statements stating that they will not discriminate against LGBT older adults that they work with. Click here for more information. 

LGBT and Aging Inititiative Update

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Kent County Senior Millage 2018 Service Directory

1/10/2018 10:00am

If you are a Kent County resident, age 60+ there are over 50 unique services available to help you stay in your home and in your community as you age.  For an updated list of services for 2018, click here. If you would like more information on accessing services for yourself or a loved one, contact us: (616) 456-5664 | aaainfo@aaawm.org. 

2018 Kent County Senior Services Directory

 

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#1 Kathy Trudgen said:

Looking for apt in Kent County. I am elderly and a victim of a house fire. My income is low, have no pets and don't drive. A 1 bedroom or studio will work. Furnished is prefered. Mobile home is fine. Kathy @ 231-736-6193 or email.

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2017 Kent County Senior Services

12/14/2017 2:00pm

Our 2018 Kent County Senior Services directory will be released soon, until then the 2017 Kent County Senior Services directory is available here

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