"The Area Agency on Aging was the first ray of hope in a very dark time for my family."
~ Custom Care Client
The Area Agency on Aging serves more than 10,000 individuals each year with information, advocacy, education, volunteer, care management, planning and development, and access services.
Below are just a few examples of the many people impacted by Area Agency on Aging services each year.
Emily (not her real name) is 80 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease. Emily lives in her own home with her husband who is also in his 80's.
The Area Agency on Aging is able to provide some personal care for Emily each week. But just as importantly, her husband has the support and guidance of a professional Care Manager.
Their Care Manager provides assistance to Emily's husband to help him as he deals with her illness. She only requires 2 hours of care per week which is funded by Region IV Area Agency on Aging. However, the support and guidance of a professional Care Manager provides assistance for her husband and will guide this elderly couple seamlessly to other programs and services to meet her current care needs as well as other needs as her disease progresses.
The AAA Care Manager also provides comfort to Emily's husband knowing if something happens to him, a local professional is already involved and ready to act to help keep his wife safe.
Emily receives in-home care funded by Region IV Area Agency on Aging Care Coordination. Care Coordination helps people that are age 60 and older; there are no income qualifications for this program.
"Thank you! Without your help, I could not have helped my father make a right choice for his Medicare Part D plan.
Your counselors were well informed and understood the various plans in ways that I did not... You've saved him hundreds of dollars and me hours of frustration"
~Son of MMAP Counselor Client
Bob (not his real name) is a younger gentleman in his 40’s. He receives in-home care funded through the Region IV Area Agency on Aging MI-Choice program. He is on Michigan Medicaid and has substantial physical needs as well as advanced dementia.
Bob has been a Mi Choice waiver client since 2000. He lives with his elderly father. The Area Agency on Aging provides Adult Day Services to give his father some respite from his caregiving responsibilities as well as other in-home care for Bob.
Bob's elderly father is very appreciative of this extra assistance. Without the assistance Bob's father's own heath would undoubtedly decline.
Claire (not her real name) is 92- years old and lives with her son. He cooks for and supports his mom, and together they manage along. But Claire needs more care than her son can provide.
The Area Agency on Aging provides in-home care for Claire including some personal care and in-home assistance. The family pays for additional in-home care for Claire as their finances allow.
Were it not for this array of care, both the formal care paid for by Region IV, private pay care, and family support, Claire would be living in a nursing home.
This in-home care is provided by Region IV Area Agency on Aging Care Management funding which provides in-home assistance to people age 60 or older that have substantial physical needs; there are no income qualifications for this program.
"I don't know what you've done to my mother, but it's such a wonderful improvement. She's been getting out of the house for the first time in years. If it weren't for her Senior Companion, my mother would definitely be in a nursing home."
- Daughter of a Senior Companion Client
Elmer (not his real name) is 80 years old and has been living in a Berrien County Nursing Home since January 2008. Prior to that time he was living at home with his wife, but he needed too much care and the family decided that nursing home placement was necessary.
Elmer had received some in-home care at his home prior to the nursing home placement so he and his family knew they could ask for help and guidance. Thankfully his son called Region IV Area Agency on Aging to see if anything else could be provided to help his mom so his dad could move back home.
An Area Agency on Aging Care Manager met with the Elmer, his wife, and his son. The wife requested a special lift to help her care for her husband. It is now October 2008 and the equipment has been ordered, thanks to creative funding solutions found by diligenct Area Agency staff people, Elmer is wife will soon be back home together -- to live in the setting of their choice... their own home.
NOTE: To protect our clients' privacy, the photos above are representations, not photos of the actual clients described.