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SENIOR HOUSING DIRECTORY | 2021
Designing Your Long-Term Housing Plan
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continue living at home, if at all possible. One must consider, however, if these ser- vices will provide all the necessary care that is required to insure the safety and well-being of an individual. If a significant amount of care is required, this choice could become cost prohibitive and per- haps unsafe. Another consideration is the lack of social interaction that the home service provides. Even with a daily visitor from Meals on Wheels a senior may soon feel isolated. Isolation leads to depression and this can greatly affect ones health.
The listing on page 19 is a place to start to ask more questions.
MI Choice Waiver programs:
Nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities used to be the only choice for older or disabled persons who needed help caring for themselves. Today the MI Choice Waiver Program, or simply the, “Waiver,” can help. Through this program, eligible adults who meet income and asset crite- ria can receive Medicaid-covered services like those provided 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 per- son-centered, individualized plan that includes a mix of services appropriate
to their needs and preferences. Each participant can receive the basic services Michigan Medicaid covers, and one or more of the following services unique to the Waiver:
Community living supports, preven- tative nursing services, respite services, adult day health, environmental modifica- tions, non-medical transportation, chore services, personal emergency response systems, private duty nursing, counseling, home delivered meals, training in a variety of independent living skills, supports co- ordination, fiscal intermediary, goods and services, and more.
To find a MI Choice Waiver program in your area reach out to your Area Agency on Aging to get started. Turn to page 34 for an Area Agency near you.
Payment for in-home services will vary depending upon the provider.
Right-Sizing Your Home
Independent Living – Senior Re- tirement Communities are private-pay and are typically designed for seniors re- quiring very little or no assistance. Private apartments have full kitchen and baths, come in various sizes, and usually include a limited meal plan. For an additional fee, you may be able to arrange for house- keeping, laundry, and other services. Other amenities could include exercise and social rooms, entertainment, group trips, and other important options such as transportation to doctor’s appointments. Many offer call systems for emergency services.
You may also choose an apartment complex, town house, or condominium community that is not specific to seniors but offers the opportunity to get to know those near you as well as eliminate many of the exterior responsibilities that can make living on your own challenging.
The solution of downsizing might be the best choice for you instead. If you simply don’t need all that square footage
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