Page 14 - Scene Magazine 45-12 December 2020
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  Non Profit Scene
BY KARLA FALES, CEO
    tually mean? An Area Agency on Aging is an agency created by the Older Americans Act that advocates for older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers, while educating them on how to continue living their lives independently and with dignity. These agencies also fund programs that will benefit older adults (age 60 and over) and caregivers.
Our focus on health is not limited to the physical, we strive to provide services for all aspects of a senior’s health, includ- ing mental and emotional health. Now more than ever we know that loneliness
is especially common in seniors. This is why we started our HouseCalls Telephone Reassurance Program in March. This program matches staff and volunteers with seniors looking for friendly conversations and would like to receive check-ins. The frequency of calls is determined by the senior; some prefer weekly, while others are fine with every couple of weeks.
Seniors can only maintain their inde- pendence if they are given choices about how and where they choose to age. This is highlighted by the MI Choice Waiver Program. Low income, Medicaid-eligible adults who would otherwise be sent to a nursing home may be able to receive in- home care instead. Since we focus on per- son-centered care, the MI Choice Waiver Program features an individualized plan, based only on those services necessary to the recipient.
CareWell’s three primary focus areas are health, independence, and choice. All our programs and services fall under these three categories and help seniors maintain or achieve better health, as much independence as possible, and offer choices. While many of our programs and services adapted during the pandemic, we are still working to support seniors and their caregivers in our area!
Our HearWell and SeeWell programs are still available during this time. These programs provide free hearing exams and hearing aids as well as free eye exams and glasses for seniors in Calhoun County who meet the age and income require- ments. This program is funded by the Calhoun County Senior Millage.
Our Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is also still available to help during this time. The MMAP pro- gram exists to provide education and ben- efits counseling to empower Michigan’s older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers to make informed health benefit decisions.
The health of seniors has been our heightened focus during the pandemic. With food insecurity at the forefront of the pandemic, we often partner with local organizations to provide free food box distribution throughout our community.
Our independence-focused programs include Assistive Technology and our HomeSafe Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) and are available to seniors in Barry and Calhoun County. As- sistive Technology (AT) is not just limited to electronic devices. Assistive Technolo- gy encompasses any adjustment made to your surroundings that allows you to par- ticipate in everyday activities more easily. CareWell provides AT demonstrations,
If any of these services are of interest to you and you would like to know more, please contact us at (269) 966-2450, email info@carewellservices.org, or visit our website at carewellservices.org. Call us, we’re here to help!
CareWell Services, Supporting Seniors in our Community
You may have heard that Care- Well Services of Southwest Michi- gan is your Region 3B Area Agency on Aging for Barry and Calhoun counties. What does that ac-
Access to healthy foods is imperative to overall health.
training, and short-term device loans. This service is made possible by the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition. In the event of an emergency, our HomeSafe Personal Emergency Response System program gives seniors peace of mind by equipping them with a medical alert pendant. This program is funded in part by the Calhoun County Senior Millage.
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