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Senior Times - March 2017
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 102 Battle Creek, MI 49017
Kinship Korner
Family Enrichment Center
415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Beckie Brinks, Kinship Coordinator Email:
Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
Calhoun County Kinship Care Services advocates for and pro- vides supportive services to fami- lies raising related children. If you are raising a related child (ages 0-18 years), you may be eligible for Kinship Care Services through the Family Enrichment Center. Kinship Care Services offers sup- port groups, inter-generational family activities, helpful classes and specialized training sessions.
Do Yourself a Favor by Attending One of Our Support Groups!
• Join us monthly on the first
Tuesday of each month from 12:30-2:30pm for the Battle Creek Kinship Support Group. We meet in the All Purpose room at the Westlake Presbyterian Church. Support groups nurture relationships, decrease isolation and provide a safe place to vent. Support groups build on collec- tive energy, creativity, and the talents of all group members. The next meeting is on March 7, 2017. Consider visiting a support group. You won’t regret it!
• On Monday, March 20, Jane Wolf will discuss “Parenting the High Needs Child” at the Family Enrichment Center from 6:30- 8:30pm.
• Our “Saturday Parenting Series” training is scheduled for March 18, 2017, (also at the Family Enrichment Center) from 9am- 12pm.
Happy Spring!
• We are interested in hearing your opinion on how we can better serve the Kinship community. Please give Beckie a call or e-mail her at bbrinks@fecfamily. com. Your input will be appreci- ated!
We have the means to help pro- vide necessities and enrichment activities for thechildren in your care. We also have the experience and knowledge to advocate for you and give advice on how to navigate through issues as they develop. Spread the word!
My Medicare Matters - New MMAP Volunteers Training Scheduled
By: Karen Manney, Regional Coordinator, MMAP
The CareWell Services Southwest Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) needs volunteers for Calhoun and Barry Counties! We are seek-
ing highly detail oriented people who like to problem solve, love
a challenge, enjoy meeting and working with people, are familiar with computers and the internet, and who have a sincere desire to help others understand their health benefits. Our Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program volunteers assist individuals over the phone, at various community sites, and at special enrollment events.
Volunteer benefits counselors receive initial and ongoing train- ing in Medicare and Medicaid rules and regulations. Volunteers must be willing to commit to- and document- their volunteering for at least five hours per month (60 hours/year) in order to remain certified. Volunteers work mostly with Medicare-eligible older adults and adults over 18 with dis- abilities. You must be comfortable engaging with all people, regard- less of age, race, socio-economic status, or mental/cognitive capacity.
MMAP Team Members pro- vide services free of charge to Medicare beneficiaries and their training is not to be used for per- sonal monetary gain; the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) does not accept applications from insurance agents, insurance brokers, finan- cial planners, or employees of health care providers. This assures that our counseling remains unbiased.
A 3-day MMAP Volunteer training event will be held May 23, 24, and 25, at the Kool Family Center in Battle Creek. Potential volunteers must apply, be inter- viewed and background checked, attend a pre-training orientation, and complete 8-10 hours of online study modules prior to the May on-site training days. Deadline for applying for the May training ses- sion is April 10.
If you would like to volunteer to become a certified MMAP benefits counselor, please con- tact Karen Manney, the MMAP Regional Coordinator for CareWell Services Southwest, at (269) 441-0931.
MI Choice Waiver: What You Need to Know
By: Cathleen Knoll, Community Outreach Specialist
There are so many people I know who could benefit from MI Choice Waiver! I’ve known several older adults who have gone into nursing homes because they were not able
to maintain themselves at home and did not thrive. Often they missed being home and in their own bed. Things became extremely confusing; everything was foreign. I have often thought with some support, they could have stayed at home. If they had known, they could have applied for the MI Choice Waiver.
MI Choice Waiver has a team of dedicated professionals who will develop a person-centered plan of care that includes a mix of services to assist you in staying in your own home and being more independent. Person centered means that your needs, desires, preferences, and goals are most important as we work with you and your caregivers to determine how, when, where, and by whom services are provided.
MI Choice Waiver provides services to adults who meet the income and assets requirements like those provided in nursing homes but pays for care in your own home. These participants are Medicaid-eligible adults who are medically frail and whose care needs would otherwise require nursing home care. There is a wide variety of services designed to keep you living in your own home. This may include a mix of services and programs appropriate to your needs and preferences. Just a few of the programs offered are:
Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). This is an electronic communication device that allows a person to communicate the need for immediate assistance in case of an emergency.
During an emergency event when assistance is needed, the individual pushes the personal help button to activate the system. A professional emergency dispatcher will send assistance.
Meals On Wheels: This beneficial program provides a complete nutritious meal and much needed human contact, delivered to your door by caring volunteers. Lunch and dinner are available
to eligible adults 60 and over. All meals meet USDA guidelines for healthy foods and are lower in salt and sugar than most prepared
frozen meals. There are some “special diets” available such as low acid or a “soft diet.”
Homemaker/Personal Care and Chore Services: Is it difficult to reach for a mop? Do you need help getting up and down from a bath? MI Choice Waiver can pay for in-home services to perform daily cleaning activities and/or personal care services. Homemaking services might include cleaning, laundry, dusting, vacuuming and other housekeeping duties. Personal Care services could include help with bathing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation.
All MI Choice Waiver program services are provided free of charge. There are eligibility requirements all prospective participants must meet. Frail adults or disabled individuals aged 18 years or older may qualify. Participants must qualify for Medicaid using special income and asset rules. Each year, income and asset limits are set by the Federal government. Income must be below 300% of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and allowable assets are limited to $2000 for individuals. There are additional guidelines for married couples whose spouse lives with them.
Individuals enrolled in the MI Choice Waiver program must meet the requirements for Michigan Medicaid nursing facility level
of frailty as determined during
a personal in-home assessment, also called a Level of Care Determination. Our trained professionals can assist with this assessment.
If you are a resident of Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties please call our office at (269) 966-2450 or toll free 1-800-626-6719. CareWell Services Southwest is a MI Choice Waiver agent. Call us, we’re here to help!
MI Choice Waiver is a statewide program funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health. MDCH receives a royalty-free, non- exclusive and irrevocable license
to reproduce, publish and use this material. Additional funding for CareWell Services programs is provided by Aging and Adult Services Agency and Calhoun County Senior Millage.

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