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Office Closed for Thanksgiving

11/27/2013 9:00am

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.

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#1 Marcia Stowers said:

Lori Ruiz is our new caseworker and she is very, very hard to reach. It would help if she was unavailable due to being out of town that she would put that information on her voice message. Otherwise it leads me to think she just isnt returning my calls.

#2 Marcia Stowers said:

I emailed earlier that Lori Ruiz was very hard to reach but just so you know she did return my call today Friday 11-28 and she is going to help me resolve my issue.

#3 webmaster said:

Marcia, I am glad you were able to connect with Lori, however, we do not have any staff member here by that name so I'm not sure which agency you were trying to connect with.

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MI Choice Medicaid Waiver has Short Wait List

11/20/2013 4:55pm

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.

Qualifications:
• 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

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Scam Alert: Home Improvement Scams

11/19/2013 10:15am

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

  1. Always get references from a contractor before you agree to a project
  2. Don’t agree to work “on the spot”, ask for an estimate and take time to look it over before making any decision.
  3. Never put down more than 50%
  4. 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
  5. 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.

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Annual Giving Tree Campaign Now Open

11/13/2013 2:40pm

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 aaainfo@aaawm.org or contact our office at (616) 456-5664.

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Office Closed for Veterans Day

11/8/2013 3:00pm

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.

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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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