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In-home Care Programs have Openings

4/10/2015 10:30am

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.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4OLPlRV8zU&feature=youtu.be

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Second Lunch and Learn Added!

3/30/2015 12:30am

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.

 

 

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#1 Traci Overeem said:

thank you!

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AAAWM on eightwest!

3/25/2015 11:30am

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.

http://woodtv.com/2015/03/24/the-source-for-seniors/

 

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In-home Help Available

1/26/2015 11:50pm

Need help in your home? Many older adults and individuals with disabilities want to stay in their own home instead of going into a nursing home, but may need some help in order to do so. The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan can provide assistance with in-home care options like meals, housekeeping, bathing assistance and more.  For more information and to determine if you, or a loved one, may qualify, contact the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 456-5664.

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#1 jay mosher said:

would like to know if someone could come by on weekly basis and bath my mom I pretty much take care of all else but could use help with bathing!!

#2 Webmaster said:

Jay, I have forwarded your question to our Information and Assistance department and they will be in contact with you.

#3 Richard James Stoddard said:

I am going on a business trip and need someone to watch my 92 year old at his home in Kentwood. The days I need are March 20th, 26th, 27th, and April 3rd. the hours would be from 7 am to 6 pm.
Thanks,
richard

#4 webmaster said:

Richard, I have sent your question to our Information and Assistance department. They will contact you directly.

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What to Look for when Home for the Holidays

12/23/2014 11:50am

The holidays are often spent with family members, some who don’t see each other the rest of the year. This may be the best time to observe how an older loved one is doing and determine if help is needed in the home.

“Just because a parent or grandparent is of a certain age does not mean they will need help. Often parents or grandparents will not come out and ask for help directly, but there may be indicators that they could use some assistance at home,” says Julie Alicki, Community Living Program Consultant at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. “The holidays can be a good time to observe older family members at home, or in your home, to see if there are any concerns about their safety living alone. In-home care is often a viable option to help individuals stay independent in their own home.”

Alicki recommends looking for the following signs that a loved one may need help at home:

  1. Observe for changes to their appearance or home.  Are their clothes clean? Do they seem or appear not to be bathing?​  Do they struggle with keeping their home clean?
  2. Take an inventory of medications. Are there more pills in a bottle than should be based on the prescriptions fill date and dosage information? Also look for old or outdated medication.
  3. What is in the refrigerator? Do they have a lot of old or spoiled food?
  4. Examine their car and their driving.  Are there new dings or dents on the car that would indicate recent accidents? When riding with them do you witness slower reaction times, or other safety issues on the road?
  5. How are their finances? Do you see late notices/past due or shut off letters or warnings lying around?
  6. Watch how they walk and get up and down. Do you see them struggling with balance or is going up and down stairs or getting up from a chair difficult for them?

These signs don’t automatically mean someone needs help in the home, but can be good indicators to begin conversations about in-home care options.  

“Most older adults want to stay in their own homes as they age and there are a number of choices for them to do so,” says Alicki. “In home care is not just for those who can afford to pay out of pocket, there are programs to help individuals with low incomes stay in their homes too.”

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan helps older adults and individuals with disabilities live in their homes with independence and dignity. For more information, visit the In-Home Care section on our site, or contact us at (616) 456-5664 or (888) 456-5664.

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#1 Jennie said:

Do you provide an assessment service to help a senior and her family determine what assistance would be beneficial and how those services can be obtained? That would be very helpful.

#2 Webmaster said:

Jennie, this information was also emailed to you, but our initial intake assessment is done by telephone. Anyone may call our main number (888) 456-5664, and ask for the Intake Department. You will speak with a staff member who will ask some questions about your individual situation and help determine what programs may be most appropriate. One of those programs is the Choices for Independence Program. This program is available to individuals age 60 or older. The program provides the services of an Independent Living Consultant to help people plan how best to use available resources for the care they need to remain in their home. The consultant meets with seniors in their homes and may discuss community resources and informal support provided by family or friends. Family members are encouraged to participate in this discussion if that is the individual's choice.

Our Intake staff are very knowledgeable and can provide helpful information as well as direction to a large array of community resources. Please do not hesitate to call us. Most calls are answered or returned on the day they are received.

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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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MI Choice Accepting Clients

4/16/2013 2:12pm

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.

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#1 DANIEL OAKS said:

How do we apply for MI Choice?

#2 Webmaster said:

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is a Waiver Agent for the MI Choice program. To apply for services through the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program please call our main number, (888) 456-5664 or (616) 456-5664, and ask for the Intake Department.

#3 christine quigley said:

I am just little upset over the fact that I have worked my entire adult life from 18 to 55 when I became disabled and I am about $400 over the limit to receive any help for my meds however people I know that have been on govt. assistance programs raising their children and are now on ssi can still receive more benefits from the gov. for healthcare than someone who has worked and paid way more into the system.

#4 Webmaster said:

Christine, thank you for your comment on our website. Would you like to have your comment passed along to our intake department? If so, they would contact you and discuss your individual situation to see if there is any available assistance.

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