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

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.

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. 

Area Agency on Aging also offers Nursing Home Transition Services for individuals who reside in a nursing home but want to explore other housing options. Exlpore the resources below or call the Info-Line for Aging and Disability at (800) 654-2810 to speak to someone about your Home-Based Care options.


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Care Management – 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 Help at Home - A factsheet designed to assit you as you consider hiring help at home

Housing Options – Information on the types of housing available to older adults and younger persons with disabilities in southwest Michigan.

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

Resource CenterOther helpful resources are available in our Resource Center.  Materials may be borrowed free of charge. Simply visit us at 2900 Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph, Michigan or call the Info-Line for Aging and Disability at (800) 654-2810 for information or assistance accessing the resources you need.


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 Making a Difference page or call us at 269-983-0177 or toll-free at 800-442-2803.