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What happened to Thanksgiving?By: Luann Sommers, Executive Director, Forks Senior CenterKinship KornerBy: Cathleen Knoll, Senior Center Manager, Heritage CommonsSenior Times - November 2018Page 15Family Enrichment Center415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015Sharon Dewey, Kinship Coordinator Email: SDewey@fecfamily.comPh: (269) 660-0448Fx: (269) 963-0160 www.Fecfamily.comThe sudden need to place one, or more, children with extended family creates an immediate crisis situa- tion. Along with traumatized chil- dren, comes their need for clothing, food, beds, transportation, school needs, medical and mental health issues, and possibly formula and diapers.The immediate financial burden can be overwhelming. Especially if the caregivers are on a fixed income. There are some resources available to relative caregivers.If the children are placed by CPS through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) they will probably be required to be licensed for fos-ter care. Once, they receive their license they will receive the daily rate for foster care.Until then, there are programs through MDHHS to help until they are licensed. The Eligible Grantee Fund is for relatives and is basedon the total household income. The relative must have employmentor be disabled or over 65 years of age. The Ineligible Grantee Fund is based on the child’s income only. These grants are applied for through MDHHS, either on-line or at the office. The caseworker can provide a cover letter that confirms the placement of the child or children in the home by the court. The case- worker can access funds to help rel- atives with issues like beds, egress windows, some household repairs.You are not alone! The Family Enrichment Center in Battle Creek will help you find the resources you need to care for your loved ones. Call (269) 274-4077.Nov. 3 – Annual Family Seminar.Westlake Presbyterian Church, 415 S.28th St., Battle Creek. Registration is at fecfamily.comNov. 11 – Kinship Support group.Westlake Presbyterian Church 415 S.28th St., Battle Creek. RSVP: Tammy Skidmore (269) 601-8510Nov. 8 – Brown Bag luncheon, Noon. Westlake Presbyterian Church, 415 S.28th St., Battle Creek.We will have tickets periodically for the Detroit Pistons. Please call Tammy Skidmore (269) 601-8510 to be added to the on-call list.Has anyone else noticed that Thanksgiving seems to have been forgotten these days? Way before Halloween is even here, the stores are getting out the Christmas trees and holiday decorations! Every year it seems like the trees come out earlier and earlier. I just want to celebrate Thanksgiving! Is that too much to ask?If you go to the store,somewhere between the huge displays for Halloween and Christmas you will find a couple of small shelves with the falland Thanksgiving decorations. Doesn't Thanksgiving deserve the same recognition and appreciation as celebrating pumpkins and candy canes? Thanksgiving gets shoved aside and forgotten. Ivote we bring back Thanksgivingand refuse to buy any holiday decorations until December 1!In this fast paced, crazy busy world, remember to take the time to pause, celebrate all of the great things about your life, eat a little too much, and maybe get a nap in. Be thankful for your friends, family, and the things that make you happy. Then we can celebrate Christmas!MI Choice Waiver – Helping You at HomeBy: Paulette Porter, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, CareWell Services SWWhat is MI Choice Waiver?MI Choice is a Michigan Medicaid Waiver program, formerly referred to as the Home and Community Based Services for the Elderly and Disabled (HCBS/ED) program. MI Choice is a statewide program designed to give older adults and people with disabilities more choices in receiving long-term supports. It provides a variety of services in a person’s home that are similar to those provided in a nursing home. MI Choice is also known as the Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and Disabled.Medicaid Waiver programs like MI Choice help provide services to people who would otherwise be in an institution, nursing home, or hospital to receive long-termcare in the community. The approval of Federal Medicaid Waiver programs allowed states to provide services to consumers in their homes and in their communities.Which services are included?Services include personal care, homemaking, respite in the home, respite outside the home, respite in the home of another, adult day care, home-delivered meals, non- medical transportation, private duty nursing, personal emergency response systems, chore service, counseling, specialized medical equipment and supplies,training, nursing home transition services, fiscal intermediary, community living supports,and environmental accessibility adaptations. Under the MI Choicewaiver, seniors can also receive assistance for home modifications to enable aging in place.MI Choice Waiver provides clients with more control in directing how their services are delivered.CareWell Services Southwest, the Region 3B Area Agencyon Aging provides MI Choice Waiver support to people in Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. Doyou, or someone you know need help with any of the supports listed above? Want to find outif you qualify? Call CareWell Services today. A certified counselor is ready to discuss your personalized options at 800-626-6719.Enrichment, the Watchword of Heritage CommonsCivic participation covers a vast array of activities in which individuals can participate intheir communities and seek to improve their lives and their community. It can be government, social agencies, or philanthropic organizations. Knowledge is power; civic engagement informs us of the process by whichour community is structured. Simply, learning what is available and what is offered in your community can help you navigate the ups and downs of your life more positively. We have many positive upcoming ways to engage with Calhoun Countyand the Marshall area. Several of our November Lunch and Learnsspeak to this. On Wednesday, November 14 from 12-1pm, Mary Jo Byrne, the Executive Director of the Fountain Clinic, will be here to discuss health programs that they offer for uninsured and underinsured individuals in the Marshall area.Education allows you to enrich yourself, to explore interestsand topics you didn’t have the opportunity for earlier in your life. Heritage Commons invites you to participate in our programs and expand your interests and make new connections. We have craft classes offered by volunteers and through a collaboration with EastEnd Studio and Gallery. They are offering an encore programof “Meet the Masters” featuring Frida Kahlo, her style of painting and her life works, and Mary Cassat, who is a famous portrait artist, and her life and works.There is always time for education! Come and join usfor our wonderful lunch and learns and look for our activity calendar to learn more about other programming. For more information about our programs, call (269) 558-6150.Heritage Commons is a collaborative partnership of CareWell Services Southwest, Senior Services of Calhoun County, Oaklawn Hospital and the City of Marshall.PROMOTING HEALTH  INDEPENDENCE  CHOICE

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