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What happens when someone you care about can no longer care for themselves due to illness or disability? Often families believe that their only choice is a nursing home - but there are other options.

Sometimes called "Aging in Place", the great majority of Americans say they hope to live independently in their own homes as they age. Often some supports are needed to make this a safe and viable option. How much help varies depending on an individual's health, home environment, and community connectedness.

Our Information & Assistance Department can connect you with services and supports available in Southwest Michigan. The ElderCare Locator can connect you with services for elders in other areas of the country.

The Area Agency on Aging’s Care Management, Mi Choice Waiver,  and Custom Care programs offer families effective home-based care options. Nurses and social workers provide an evaluation of individual needs and circumstances, assessing the health, emotional, social, financial and environmental conditions. They help the family develop an individualized plan of care which might include services such as meals, personal care, or relief for caregivers.

Once the plan is in place, the professionals can help arrange for services, monitor care, and periodically help re-evaluate the plan and make adjustments -- all with the client’s personal preferences and needs foremost.

The cost of services may be covered by federal, state or community programs, private insurance or the client’s own resources depending on the individual client’s circumstances.

Our Agency also offers Nursing Home Transition Services.

Exlpore the resources below or call our Info-Line at 800-654-2810 to speak to someone about your Home-Based Care needs.

(Some resources are in PDF form and require Adobe Reader. For a free download of Adobe Reader Click Here.)

In Home Care Options fact sheet 

Hiring Help at Home

Aging in Place Guide to Aging in Place provided by the National Aging in Place Council

Care Managment In-home care funded by State and Federal resources to meet long term care needs.

Custom Care Customized and coordinated in-home care funded by private resources and long term care insurance.

Hiring an Independent Caregiver A guide to assist you in knowing when and how to hire in-home help. 

Housing Options This booklet provides an overview of the types of housing available to older adults, and highlights some personal and legal issues to consider in making housing decisions.

Housing Directory -SW Michigan Directory of senior housing options in Southwest Michigan

Long-Term Care options  Information on care provided at home, in the community, in assisted living or in nursing homes.

Skilled Homecare Agencies Directory of Skilled Homecare Agencies in SW Michigan.

Staying In Touch - How will I know mom and dad are OK?  This brochure outlines how families can stay in touch with older loved ones and be prepared when a crisis situation occurs. It includes a tear-off sheet for personal planning.

Other helpful resources are available in our Resource Library

The Area Agency on Aging is committed to supporting seniors and persons with disabilities, and their caregivers.  For more information about the Agency and ways to support its mission of Offering Choices for Independent Lives, visit our Fund Development page or call us at 269-983-0177 or toll-free at 800-442-2803.