How many people do you know that are struggling to stay in their own homes because they need some help with things like preparing meals, getting bathed and dressed, keeping the house clean, or managing medications? There are two programs, one called the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver and the other called Office of Services to the Aging, that are funded by the state of Michigan and provide assistance with these and other activities.
These programs are scheduled to receive the same amount of money this year as they did last year, which means they will only be able to help the same number of people. We know that there are MORE people who need services like this, so we are asking the Michigan legislature to provide more money for them. If you agree that there are many seniors that don’t get any help right now but really need meals and services in their homes, please contact your state Representative and Senator and ask them to increase funding for the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver and for the Office of Services to the Aging. The more people the legislators hear from, the greater the likelihood that they will grant our request. Every phone call, letter, email, or visit from someone supporting these programs will help.
To find out who your legislators are and how to contact them, click here: who_to_contact
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
MI Choice Accepting Clients
The MI-Choice Waiver (MI Choice) program is now accepting new clients as the waiting list will now allow individuals who qualify to receive an assessment within a few months.
MI-Choice helps individuals remain in the community who meet medical eligibility guidelines for nursing facility care. The program also offers help for those who have entered a nursing facility and need services in order to return to the community. Below are some of the eligibility requirements:
- Adults age 65 or older and certified disabled adults ages 18 to 64
- Gross income less than $2,130 per month (2013) from all sources. A spouse’s income is not counted.
- Medicaid eligible even with a spenddown or willing to become eligible.
- Participants must need one or more MI-Choice Waiver services such as personal care, homemaking, medication management, in home respite for caregivers, a personal emergency response system, etc.
Please contact AAAWM Intake department at 1-800-456-5664. We accept referrals Monday through Friday from 8 to 5.
Flu Shots for Kent County Residents
The schedule for flu shots is now available, with the first location on September 30. For more information, look in the calendar section or open the “2010_flu_shot_schedule” in the right hand column.
Flu shots are available for