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.
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.
In-home Help Available
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.
What to Look for when Home for the Holidays
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:
- 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?
- 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.
- What is in the refrigerator? Do they have a lot of old or spoiled food?
- 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?
- How are their finances? Do you see late notices/past due or shut off letters or warnings lying around?
- 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.
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.