AAAWM Receives 3 year CARF Accreditation
We are pleased to announce that AAAWM has been accredited by CARF for a period of three years for Case Management and Home and Community Services for our in-home care programs. This accreditation demonstrates that AAAWM has made a specific commitment to put the needs of our clients at the center of everything we do.
AAAWM staff had been working diligently for months to prepare the agency for the accreditation process which included documenting procedures and evaluating current policies. All of this hard work culminated in an on-site visit from a team of CARF surveyors in June.
CARF stated in its accreditation decision, “On balance, AAAWM demonstrates that it possesses a sincere and highly collaborative approach to meeting the CARF standards. The organization is recognized in the community as a reliable and valuable resource. It has a committed leadership and management team that values longevity of the organization’s staff. The organization is encouraged to continue the commitment to the successful and ongoing implementation of the CARF standards into the fabric of service to persons served in their community."
CARF said, “AAAWM has strengths in many areas.” Here are a few of the noted strengths:
- Exceptional commitment to meeting the needs of persons served
- Consistent excellent audit scores from multiple state agencies
- Strong financial controls and position allow AAAWM to focus on meeting present and future needs with confidence
- Physical space is light and airy with well designed, private offices and welcoming office spaces
- Board is proud of its involvement and feels well informed and engaged
- Staff members have years of experience with AAAWM and in the field of aging services
CARF Accreditation is official recognition that AAAWM is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices. 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. For more information on CARF, visit http://www.carf.org
Senior Scam Using AAAWM Name for PERS Service
We have recently been informed that a company is calling older adults and claiming that Area Agency on Aging is paying in full for Personal Emergency Response devices (commonly called “call-buttons”). The automated call encourages people to “press 1 to verify their address.”
AAAWM encourages anyone who receives the call to hang up and to NOT give the caller any information.
We have contacted all of the companies we currently use to provide Personal Emergency Response Services (PERS) and they have stated they are NOT behind these calls.
If you, or someone you know is in need of a PERS, please contact us and we can provide you with the name of the agencies we have funding relationship with.
Again, we encourage people to NOT provide any personal information and to hang up the phone.
Caregiver Support Group Meets Fridays at AAAWM
AAAWM is hosting a support group for individuals caring for someone with dementia. The support group meets the second Friday of the month from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
The group is an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group and is designed to provide emotional, education and social support for caregivers.
The group helps caregivers
- evelop skills to solve problems
- ncourages caregivers to maintain their own health (personal, physical and emotional)
- optimally care for the person with dementia
For more information on the support group, contact Julie at (616) 222-7064 .
*please note this support group is only for the caregiver and not for the individual that has dementia. Respite is available by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association. *
Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent
AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2016 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 Friday, July 31, 2015. Click here to access the Letter of Intent form.
There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 1:00 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 email@example.com. 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.
Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).
Agencies will be notified by August 14, 2015 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 14, 2015. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 12, 13, or 14, 2015. Please save those dates to ensure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.
Continuation Funding Forms
Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms August 14, 2015. You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.
Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. To learn more Click here and look under Resources.
Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your Contract Coordinator or Anne Ellermets at 616.222.7014 or Anne@aaawm.org.
Emergency Housing and Counseling
Emergency shelter and counseling services are now available for Kent County residents over the age of 60 who are victims of vulnerable adult abuse. Senior Neighbors, Inc. will coordinate the services and an Adult Foster Care home located in Grand Rapids will provide up to one month of no cost room and board (clients must be female and able to walk up stairs). In addition, counseling services are available for any senior victim of abuse, male or female. These clients do not have to take advantage of the emergency housing.
This pilot program has been awaarded grant funding and will be available through September 30, 2015.
For a referral, please contact your local law enforcement or Adult Protective Services at 1-855-444-3911.
Class Offered for Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Want to meet one-on-one with a dietitian, learn how to modify recipes to make them diabetic friendly, determine what food you should eat and how to fit your favorite foods into a healthy lifestyle? Then a PATH Diabetes workshop is for you! Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is offering Diabetes PATH workshops designed specifically for adults age 65 and over with Type 2 Diabetes.
Workshops meet one day a week for 6 weeks from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525).
Participants will learn how to manage their diabetes and take control of their life.
- Wednesdays July 8-August 12
- Tuesdays August 4-September 8
- Wednesday s September 2-October 14
For more information, contact Barbara Nelson Jandernoa at (616) 588-2580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Providers Present Funding Requests
Older Americans Act providers are presenting their funding requests to the Proposal Review Committee Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Proposal Review Committee (PRC) will disperse more than $5 million in funding for FY 2016 (which starts October 1, 2015) throughout our nine county region. Providers meet with the PRC to present their funding requests, give additional details about services provided, and demonstrate the impact they are having in our community. The PRC is made up older adults from our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, representing all nine counties. These dedicated volunteers spend hours reviewing proposals from 28 organizations. Thank you both PRC members and providers for helping make our community a better place for seniors.
Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging) for photos
Seeking Comments on Annual Plan
The FY 2016 Plan Summary is now available. Comments are welcome and will be accepted through June 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. through multiple channels (listed below).
The plan (click here to download 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 by June 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Individuals may participate by
- Commenting on the website (www.aaawm.org)
- Responding on AAAWM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging)
- Sending a letter 3215 Eaglecrest Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525..
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 Plan, contact Sandra Ghoston-Jones at email@example.com or 616.222.7012.
AAAWM Office Closed for Memorial Day
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed Monday (May 25, 2015) for Memorial Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday!
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.