Avoid Nursing Homes with Free Michigan Program

WAYNE, MI (DATE OF RELEASE): The loss of independence is devastating to older adults. To remain at home many are often forced to choose between relying on loved ones or expensive programs that exhaust life savings. To maintain dignity and independence among older populations, an overlooked State of Michigan program provides free medical and day-to-day services to qualified participants. From managing medication to preparing meals, the MI Choice Waiver ensures older adults and persons with disabilities and stay where they want to be.

“I no longer frequently consider nursing home placement… That was a very real fear for me at the young age of 53,” said one anonymous MI Choice Waiver recipient. “I have a lot of daily challenges. I need transfer help, dressing help, reminders of when and how much medicine to take, help getting sufficient showers and protein-rich meals to help prevent skin breakdown and rashes. The Waiver Program provides me with real support, coordination and planning to help these problems.”

The MI Choice Waiver is a home-based program for eligible adults to receive services and remain in the residential setting of their choice. It offers a variety of services to help with day-to-day such as chore services, community transportation services, home modifications, nursing services and more. Residential settings include an individual’s or family member’s home, assisted living communities, licensed homes for the aged or licensed adult foster care homes. 

“What matters is having a choice,” CEO of The Senior Alliance Tamera Kiger says. “Wherever a person chooses to live, the MI Choice Waiver makes it possible for them.”

Interested persons can apply for the MI Choice Waiver by calling 1(800) 815-1112. All applicants must meet financial and medical requirements similar to applying for Medicaid. For more on The Senior Alliance, visit their website at thesenioralliance.org/

 “I am now living an easier, happier, and healthier life while still living at home,” the recipient continued. “The program is a true blessing.”

Contact: Tamera Kiger
Phone: 616.610.1338
Email: TKiger@thesenioralliance.org

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