Office Closed for Thanksgiving
AAAWM will be closed Thursday, November 26 through Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open on Monday, November 30, 2015. We hope you have a safe holiday and encourage you to thank a family caregiver this season for the dedication they have to helping seniors and individuals with disabilities in our community.
AAAWM Mourns Loss of Laurie Egeland, Longtime Employee
On November 7, 2015, Laurie Day Egeland RN, AAAWM RN Manager, passed away. Laurie had been at the agency for over 18 years where she worked quietly behind the scenes to help thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities live in their own homes. Supervising a team of 24 Registered Nurses, Laurie helped to build the Care Management program into what it is today. Over the last year, Laurie spearheaded the effort for CARF accreditation (a prestigious international accreditation) and secured this distinction for the agency. Her efforts over the last 18 years have helped position the agency as a leader in home and community based programs in our community and in the state.
But more than that, Laurie was a cheerful presence who regularly had a smile on her face. She was passionate about people and stated that her favorite part of her job was the people she worked with. She had a kind heart and was a known dog lover around the office. As a supervisor, she always made her staff feel supported and cared for. As a co-worker, Laurie was known for both her dedication and her compassion for others. Laurie was married to her best friend Eric for 34 years and they enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
The family has encouraged people to consider making a donation in her memory to Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan or to the Humane Society of West Michigan. For more information on how to donate to AAAWM, click here.
For more information, including memorial service details, visit http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=laurie-j-day-egeland&pid=176470139
AAAWM Accepting Hearing Services Proposals for 2016
AAAWM is accepting Proposals for Hearing Services for 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funds. There is $85,000 that is available for Hearing Services, specifically in three service categories (Adaptive Equipment, Hearing Aid Assistance, and Specialized Hearing Services.) Proposals are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The Proposal is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Click here to access the Proposal form or click here to access general infomration about the proposal..
There will be a Proposer Workshop to answer any questions about the Proposal on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared. Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.
The Proposals will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) and the proposing organization will be required to give a short presentation to the KCMRC on January 8, 2016. If funded, services are expected to start February 1, 2016.
AAAWM Office Closed November 11
In observance of Veterans Day, our office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. We will resume normal business hours on Thursday, November 12, 2015