Office Closed for Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan! Our office will be closed November 28-29 for the holiday and will reopen on Monday December 2, 2013.
MI Choice Medicaid Waiver has Short Wait List
The MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program provides in home services to older adults and certified disabled individuals who are at risk of nursing facility placement. MI Choice participants partner with a Care Management team (made up of a licensed Social Worker and a Registered Nurse) to develop a care plan centered on an individual’s needs.
Due to high demand, this program often has a long waiting list. The waiting list is currently very short and AAAWM staff has been able to process referrals within 30 days . Individuals who meet the qualifications listed below are encouraged to call to find out more.
• Certified disabled adult (18-64) or those 65 and over
• Medically eligible for nursing home placement
• Meet Medicaid income and asset requirements
• Need community-based services
Contact AAAWM Intake and Referral staff at (888) 456-5664 or (616) 456-5664
Scam Alert: Home Improvement Scams
Older adults, especially those in Kent County, are being advised to be careful when working with contractors for home improvements. The Grand Rapids Police Department has received a number of phone calls concernering contractors going door to door and convincing homeowners that they need work done that may not be necessary. The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition urges seniors to pay attention to the following before having any home improvement work done
- Always get references from a contractor before you agree to a project
- Don’t agree to work “on the spot”, ask for an estimate and take time to look it over before making any decision.
- Never put down more than 50%
- Be skeptical of those who go door to door to solicit home improvement business, while they may be a legitimate company, it’s always a much safer when you initiate the call yourself
- Get another estimate, most companies/contractors will offer a free estimate and have them go over the estimate with you if you have any questions.
If feel you have been a victim of a scam artist, contact your local police immediately.
Annual Giving Tree Campaign Now Open
Every year the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan partners with the community to provide a Christmas gift for individuals participating in our Care Management and MI Choice Medicaid Waiver programs. For many of the individuals with disabilities and older adults that we serve, this may be their only Christmas present. This year we are asking for donations of Meijer or Wal-Mart gift cards in either $20 or $25 amounts or monetary donations of any amount. Our Care Managers will distribute the gift cards to the individuals during the month of December. Cash donations will go towards the purchase of additional gift cards and all of the funds donated to the AAAWM Giving Tree will go directly to gifts for participants.
The deadline to donate is December 2, 2013. Checks should be made payable to AAAWM with “2013 Giving Tree” in the memo line. Check and gift cards can be mailed or dropped off to 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Attn: Giving Tree.
Thank you for your support and for helping make the holidays a little brighter for our program participants!
For more information on the Giving Tree Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our office at (616) 456-5664.
Office Closed for Veterans Day
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2013 in observance of Veterans Day. Our office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.