Ionia County Services
Select the type of service you are interested in for a list of organizations and contact information.
The services and organizations listed are provided as a resource to identify in-home services for seniors. Only providers that have a relationship (funding or contractual) with AAAWM are listed.
For more information, contact Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 456-5664 or (888) 456-5664.
This is not an exhaustive list of services/organizations available in the county.
Comprehensive assessment for medically frail clients. Care management identifies client needs and arranges for supportive services that maintain quality of life and independence, as much as possible.
Programs intended to provide assistance to caregivers in understanding and coping with a broad range of issues associated with caregiving. Examples are education programs on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of caregiving as well as current research and public policy concerns. Support activities for caregivers including support groups, counselling and connection with community resources. Also training programs pertaining to techniques for providing personal care services to care recipients.
Choices for Independence
The Choices for Independence program helps adults age 60 and over continue living independently in their communities for as long as they choose. We help families connect with community programs that provide in-home care so their loved ones can age safely in their own homes. For more information on this program, click here.
Nutritious meals served in various locations. Lunch is often coordinated with a variety of activities such as exercise programs, cards, crafts, bingo, games, health screenings and nutrition education.
Professional level counseling services seek to improve the individual's emotional and social well-being through the resolution of personal problems and/or change in an individual's social situation.
Elder Abuse Prevention Education
Programs for the prevention and treatment of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Presentations are made to aging subcontract organizations, professional and paraprofessional groups through community outreach and public education. Case consultation with other local agencies such as Adult Protective Services, Department of Human Services, law enforcement, health care professionals, and community mental health.
Healthy Aging Programs
Programs designed to be an effective tool in improving the health of older adults. Programs now being offered include: Strength and Stretch, A Matter of Balance, EnhanceFitness, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Tai Chi and Diabetes PATH. To find a schedule of classes, click here
Home Delivered Meals
Home delivered meals service is the provision of at least one nutritionally sound meal per day to persons who are dependent, aged, or physically disabled and unable to care for their nutritional needs. The unit of service is one meal delivered to the client's home that provides a minimum of one-third of the current recommended dietary allowance for the age group as established by the Food and Nutritional Board of the National Research Counsel of the National Academy of Sciences.
Performance of routine household tasks to maintain an adequate living environment for older individuals with functional limitations such as laundry, ironing, meal preparating, shopping for necessities (including groceries) and errand running, light housekeeping tasks (dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors, cleaning bathroom and kitchen, maintaining safe environment).
In Home Respite
Services provided to participants unable to care for themselves that are furnished on a short-term basis to provide relief to a caregiver. Services are provided in the individual's home.
Information and Assistance
Provision of legal advice, counseling, and representation by an attorney to low-income older adults.
Long Term Care Ombudsman
Assists residents and prospective residents of long-term care facilities in understanding their rights and resolving complaints to improve care.
Long Term Care Ombudsmen
1695 Service Drive NE Suite 106
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Medicare and Medicaid Assistance
The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) educates, counsels and empowers older adults and individuals with disabilities, to make informed health benefit decisions. Click here to learn more.
MI Choice Medicaid Waiver
MI Choice is a Medicaid-funded program that provides in-home services and home care assistance to seniors and persons with disabilities who are at risk of being placed in a nursing facility. Program participants are partnered with a care management team, made up of a licensed social worker and a registered nurse, to develop a care plan centered on the individual’s needs.Click here for more information
Nursing Facility Transition
The Nursing Facility Transition (NFT) program helps seniors currently living in nursing homes return to independent or semi-independent living within their community. Transitioning back into independent living can be difficult for both the senior and his or her loved ones, but the NFT team helps individuals and families during the entire transition.Click here to learn more about the NFT program.
Senior Center Activities
Training and Employment Program
The Senior Community Service Employment Program/Title V is a training and employment program for low-income, unemployed individuals, age 55+. Title V offers a paid, temporary work training experience and help finding employment to older adults who meet eligibility requirements. For more information on the program, click here.