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MI Choice Waiver programs: Nursing homes used to be the only choice for older or disabled persons who needed help caring for themselves. Today there may be the choice to stay in your home or a community setting, but you or a family member may need assistance in doing so. We now know it as the MI Choice Waiver Program, or simply, "the waiver."Through this program, eligible adults who meet income and asset criteria can receive Medicaid-covered services like those pro- vided by nursing homes, but can stay in their own home or another residential setting.Nurse and social worker teams work with participants to develop a person-centered, individualized plan that includes a mixof services appropriate to their needs and preferences. Person-centered means that the needs of the client, their desires, prefer- ences, and goals are given priority as staff work with the client and their caregivers to determine how, when, where, and by whom services are provided. Each participant can receive the basic services Michigan Medic- aid covers, and one or more of the following services unique to the waiver:Community transition services, com- munity living supports, nursing services (preventative nursing), respite services, adult day health (adult day care), environ- mental modifications, non-medical trans- portation, medical supplies and equipment not covered under the Medicaid state plan,chore services, personal emergency response systems, private duty nursing, counseling, home delivered meals, training in a variety of independent living skills, supports coor- dination, fiscal intermediary, and goods and services.To find a MI Choice Waiver Program in your area reach out to your Area Agency on Aging to get started.SERVICES OUTSIDE YOUR HOMEAdult Day Care Services - This program is for individuals who need daytime supervi- sion and social activities. Adult day care can provide respite care outside your home. Itis helpful to family caregivers who work or who simply need a break from care giving. PACE programs offer adult day services as part of the enrollment in their program. See the listing on page 13 for places to reach out to for more information."Assisted Living" is designed for seniors who need gentle assistance with activitiesof daily living such as dressing, bathing or medication reminders. Assisted living offers seniors a private apartment, dignified care and peace of mind that medical assistance is available round the clock by pulling a cord or pushing a call button.Each apartment is generally equipped with a kitchenette as well as a private bath with walk-in shower and safety bars. Some communities offer various sized apartments such as studio, one and two bedrooms.Social and recreational activities are offered daily. Three meals are provided each day tailored to special dietary requirements.Special group outings are generally offered in assisted living communities along with community rooms, hair salons, exercise rooms, libraries, gift shops, and other special amenities such as transportation to medical appointments. Some even offer in-house physical and occupational therapy.“Assisted Living” is a marketing term used to describe a kind of residential care program. These businesses generally are not licensed or inspected by the state, though some utilizing this title might actually be a licensed Home for the Aged or AFC home. Be careful to read all information about costs and services very carefully, and look at options before committing yourself to live at one of these residences. The rights and obligations of the resident and the facility should be spelled out in the contract you sign. See the listing on page 14 to start your search.Adult Foster Care (AFC) homes are licensed and inspected by the state. AFC homes provide room and board, special diets, supervision and some personal care8 SENIOR HOUSING DIRECTORY | 2018Most assisted living communities are private-pay, however a select few exist accepting other forms of payment such as Medicare/Medicaid or are income-based.

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