Congregate Meals – Local senior centers are the focus for providing these daily, nutritionally-balanced meals. Meals are offered to adults aged 60 or older on a donation basis. By enjoying a meal at the senior center, you will also enjoy an opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and peers. There are no income guidelines to participate.
Home Delivered Meals – If you’re a home-bound senior or unable to cook your own meals, the Home Delivered Meal Program may be for you. A hot or frozen meal is delivered to your door and provides some of the daily nutrition needed to help to older adults remain independent along with a quick visit from the meal deliverer.
Donation rates are posted at each senior center. Click here for a list of meal sites.
Note: Some senior centers require advance reservations for the meals to ensure enough food is prepared. Participants under age 60 must pay the posted full cost of the meal.
MI Café – Region 9 AAA partners with Elder Law of Michigan to being the Michigan Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly Program to northern Michigan. The program provides benefit application assistance to seniors that will help them make ends meet and put healthy food on their table.
Contact Kelly Robinette at (800) 219-2273 ext. 228 for more information on our Nutrition Programs.
In-home services include homemaking, personal care, home-delivered meals and respite care. Recipients must be age 60 or older (or be the spouse of someone 60 or older for home-delivered meals) and need help with certain activities of daily living. There are no income guidelines to receive services; however, donations and cost-sharing are requested to help maintain the availability of these services.
In-Home Services can be obtained through your local Council/Commission on Aging or by the AAA through the individual programs below:
Community Based Care Programs:
(CM) is a program that offers supports to help you live in a community setting rather than moving to a nursing home or other institutional setting. It is a service designed to locate, mobilize and coordinate a variety of home care and other services.
You may be eligible for the Care Management Program if you are:
- 60 years of age and older.
- Are currently in a nursing facility and want to return to your own home.
- Are currently living at home or the home of another, but extensive services are required to make it possible for you to stay living there.
- Are unable to take care of your needs and family and friends are unable to provide all of the care that is needed.
To Get Started:
Give us a call. An initial telephone interview is performed to determine eligibility for the Care Management Program. If eligible, a comprehensive “in-home” assessment by a Supports Coordination team (nurse and case manager) will be scheduled.
- An evaluation of your individual needs and circumstances; assessing your health, emotional, social, financial and environmental conditions.
- Assistance in developing a plan of care which might include services such as meals, personal care, or relief for caregivers. Most services are provided in your home; however there are valuable supports such as adult day services that are available in a community setting. The Supports Coordinators will help you understand all your options. You can accept or refuse all or any of their recommendations.
- Help arranging for the services you select.
- An on-going relationship in which we check in regularly to make sure you are satisfied. As your needs change, the Supports Coordinator can help you make adjustments to your plan.
There is a cost-sharing fee scale to help pay for this service. The Supports Coordinator can help you determine how to pay for your services. If you do not have the ability to pay for all your needed care, they will help seek out other funding options when available. Any services offered that could have a cost to you will be clearly explained and will not be arranged without your approval.
MI Choice Waiver Program
MI Choice is a program that provides an array of Medicaid-covered nursing home services to anyone age 18 or older so that they can remain in their home with the same level of service. To qualify for the program, you must be:
- Medically eligible for nursing home care AND
- Financially eligible for Medicaid. For 2017 that means income at or below $2,205 a month and no more than $2,000 of countable assets.
The process for MI Choice is very similar to the Care Management Program detailed above. For more information, contact the AAA office nearest you.
Nursing Facility Transition Program (NFT)
This program assists seniors and adults with disabilities return to the community from nursing facilities. If you are facing a barrier to return home, need help finding housing or other assistance in the home, contact our nearest office for more information. We may be able to help you return home with the supports and services you need. Click here for a list of offices.
Adult Day Centers
Adult Day Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Programs offer relief to family members and caregivers, allowing them to go to work, handle personal business, or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe. Click here for a list of day centers in the Region 9 AAA service area: