CARF Coming Soon
A survey team from CARF International* will be visiting the AAAWM office June 15-17, 2015. We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. As a result of this survey, we may earn or continue accreditation.
As part of the survey, 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 may also contact CARF International directly.
- Internet: www.carf.org/contact-us
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ma•l: CARF International, 6951 East Southpoint Road, Tucson, AZ 85756, USA
- Telephone: (520) 495-7001
*CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit family of organizations (including CARF, CARF Canada, and CARF-CCAC) that provides accreditation in the field of human services.
Seeking Comment on Senior Services
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking public comment on its Draft Area Implementation Plan (AIP) for the Fiscal Year 2016, which runs from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The plan includes goals and objectives defining how federal Older Americans Act and state Older Michiganian Act funds will be spent to support home and community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties.
Seniors, family members caring for an older loved one, elected officials, advocates and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing, which will be conducted at the AAAWM office on:
Monday, June 1, 2015
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
The hearing will include a brief overview and highlights of the Fiscal Year 2016 Draft AIP with the majority of the time allotted for public review and comment. Participants are encouraged to review the document in advance and be prepared with comments and questions. The Fiscal Year 2016 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 15, 2015.
Interested parties may attend the hearing in person or may participate by
- Commenting on the website (www.aaawm.org)
- Responding on AAAWM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging)
- Sending a letter to the address above.
Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the AAAWM office, submitted at the hearing or emailed to Sandra Ghoston-Jones, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Contract Coordinator and Planner, at email@example.com. AAAWM will accept written comments through June 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm.
The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting on June 1, 2015. The AAAWM Executive Board will consider the recommendation(s) of the Advisory Council at their meeting on June 22, 2015, at which time they will make a recommendation regarding the Area Plan to the AAAWM Board of Directors. The AAAWM Board will consider the recommendations of both bodies and any public comments on the Area Plan at their meeting on June 22, 2015.
For additional information about the hearing or provisions to the Plan, contact Sandra Ghoston-Jones at 616.222.7012.
Annual Meeting Was a Success
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on April 27, 2015. This was our largest event yet with almost 300 people in attendance. This years topic was Advocacy in Action with keynote provided by Mary Ablan, Executive Director of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan. Thank you to Darlene Thompson for taking some wonderful photos of our event which can be viewed on our agency Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging). Videos from the Annual Meeting are posted to our YouTube page
In-home Care Programs have Openings
Have you seen our commercial on WOOD TV8 yet advertising openings for our in-home care programs? If you know someone who may benefit, please call our Information and Assistance staff at (888) 456-5664 or (616) 456-5664.
Area Agencies on Aging Association Conference
The 28th Annual Conference of the Area Agencies on Aging will take place on May 7 and 8 at the Lansing Center. This year's theme is Independence, Dignity & Joy and will feature presentations by Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and Aging and Adult Services Agency Director Kari Sederburg. Click here for more information including registration information and program details.
Better Business Bureau Hosting Shredding Event
Are you looking for a way to safely and securely destroy sensitive documents such as bank or credit card statements, old tax returns, cancelled checks, and more? Have you begun your spring cleaning or just finished doing your taxes? If so, check out the following spring shredding events hosted by the Better Business Bureau as a way to safelty dispose of sensitve documents.
SPRING SHREDDING EVENT
Friday, April 17TH
Calvary Church (707 East Beltline Ave N.E.Grand Rapids, MI 49525)
1:00 – 3:00 PM
(5 box maximum) * Document shredding only at this location – No electronics
Office Closed April 3, 2015
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michgian office will be closed tomorrow (April 3, 2015) for Good Friday. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 6, 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Second Lunch and Learn Added!
Second lunch and learn date added due to popular demand! We are hosting another lunch and learn on April 8, 2015 at noon at our office. Space is limited and RSVP is due Friday. Click here to view the flyer with more details.
AAAWM on eightwest!
Did you see us on eightwest yesterday? We were on the show talking about our in-home care programs, which are currently accepting clients. Watch the clip below for more information and give us a call if you, or someone you know may qualify for help.
A special 'thank you' to our friends at Wood TV and eightwest for helping us spread the word about these great programs.
Grant Awarded to Address Elder Abuse
The Office of Services to the Aging has awarded Senior Neighbors a grant in the amount of $24,809 to combat elder abuse. Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan will be a co-collaborator on the six month pilot project will work to provide emergency transitional housing and counseling to seniors who are victims of elder abuse.