Local Resources in greater Grand Rapids
Most of us have little experience with elder care until a parent becomes suddenly ill or in need of help. It may start with an unexpected event (a fall or hospitalization). Then, over time, your loved one needs more and more help.
The good news is that there are people who specialize in elder care, from the legal side to the medical and everything in between. They can serve as great local resources to help you get a sense of what to expect and the best way to address whatever issue you are facing. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel!
Below are local services offering support to caregiving families.
West Michigan is blessed with many excellent resources that focus on our seniors as well as the family caregivers who assist them in remaining independent and feeling vibrant. Here are several organizations that you will want to become familiar with!
Aside from funding research, the local office of the Alzheimer’s Association provides support for all affected by this debilitating disease as well as educational tools to reduce risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The purpose of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is to provide older persons, including those in the greatest social and economic need, with an array of human services designed to maintain independence and dignity in their homes and communities
Affiliated with the national organization Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Care Resources’ mission is to offer long-term care choices that promote independence, dignity and a high quality of life for the frail elderly members of our community.
The Caregiver Resource Network is a collaboration of West Michigan organizations dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers within the community. The Caregiver Resource Network is facilitated by the Grand Rapids Community College Older Learner Center and Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
Elder Law of Michigan is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes and protects the rights, health and economic well-being of older adults and people with disabilities providing information, advocacy, legal advice and professional services. We want individuals and their caregivers to be able to make one call for help — 866-400-9164 — to Elder Law of Michigan!
Gerontology Network was established in 1979 to improve the lives of older adults in West Michigan, while preparing for the increasing aging population. Since its inception, Gerontology Network has been continuously providing a variety of services and programs to meet the ever-changing needs of adults as they age at home.
Hope Network is a Christian organization that empowers people with disabilities or disadvantages to achieve their highest level of independence. For seniors, Hope Network also operates an Adult Day Services Program to facilitate socialization opportunities.
Excellent resource site dedicated to improving the lives of those afflicted with various forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body, and others.
Pine Rest provides older adults a comprehensive list of outpatient and inpatient services. Pine Rest is involved in a number of collaborative community partnerships to benefit seniors, families, and caregivers.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Organization
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Organization is a team of healthcare writers and professionals who are committed to helping people with rheumatoid arthritis live full, happy lives despite their diagnosis.
Senior Neighbors is dedicated to promoting independent living for adults 60 years and older in our community and providing essential services that help seniors remain independent into their later years. They also focus heavily on health and wellness programming as they pursue their mission of enhancing senior lives.
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Widowed Persons Service is organized exclusively for the purpose of offering supportive services to those individuals in the greater Grand Rapids area who have suffered the loss of a spouse through death.
Senior Services / Medical Equipment
Looking for a company to help move your parents? Are you in West Michigan but need to find a home health agency in Orlando? Does your loved one need specific medical equipment to solve a problem? We list here many local / national services that we hope will help you on your journey of providing care for a family loved one.
Out of town? This site facilitates free elder care referral services with over 17,000 national and local partners.
At Home Rehab is a locally owned, Medicare certified provider of home healthcare based in Grand Rapids, MI. They specialize in the delivery of rehabilitation and nursing services in the comfort of your own home. Their top priority is to provide high quality care and excellent customer service to every client we provide services to.
CareLinc has a catalog of thousands of senior specific medical products, as well as two retail stores in the Grand Rapids area.
Grand Rapids Community College offers classes to our seniors through the Older Learning Center that are designed to meet the educational needs of our aging society.
Emergency Response Systems by SafeCall provide automated medical alarms that help elderly folks maintain independence, and gives the family peace of mind.
Located in the heart of Metro Health Village in Grand Rapids, SarahCare is a licensed adult day care facility that is run by Kendra Schumaker, one of the many angels we have in West Michigan who is taking care of our community.
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Senior moving specialists whose focus is to ease the moving process for each family by providing professional, personalized service.
Elder Law Attorneys
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“Elder law” is a special branch of the law that has to do with issues of special concern for older adults. People consult an elder law attorney when they are setting up a living trust. Or when they are creating a will. Elder law attorneys can also help in situations where families are worried that an older relative may no longer be safe living alone at home. Or if they have concerns about a loved one’s ability to handle finances wisely. Elder law attorneys can also advise you about financial options, tax matters and Medicare coverage for long-term care.
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Especially as retirement looms and income earning years draw to a close, it’s important to have a nest egg. Financial advisers can help you manage your loved ones assets. They can also help you determine your own retirement needs and set savings goals while investing your money in a manner that matches your personal style. (Some people are said to have a high risk-tolerance. This means they tend to be more willing to take chances with their money on the possibility that they can earn more interest. Others have low risk-tolerance, meaning they would prefer security and a more predictable rate of growth.) Whatever your investment style, a financial adviser can work within your comfort level to help you achieve your monetary goals.
Hospice and Palliative Care
If the person you care for has a serious, life-threatening illness, he or she might start to think more about the quality of his or her days, rather than the quantity. This is especially true if treatments are difficult and offer only a slim chance of recovery.
For those with incurable conditions, whose focus is to remain comfortable and pain free, hospice is a wonderful option. It is available at no cost to persons on Medicare. A nurse makes regular home visits. A home health aide comes several times a week to help with bathing. And the services of a chaplain and social worker are available for spiritual, emotional and social support. A volunteer can even come for a few hours a week to give the family caregiver some time off.
People often think that hospice is only for the last few days of a person’s life. Not true! It is available for weeks and months. Most families say they wish they had signed on to hospice sooner. Palliative care is similar to hospice, but is available even while a person continues to seek curative treatment. Ask you doctor if hospice or palliative care services are appropriate support for your family member.
2100 Raybrook Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Offers both hospice services and palliative care (for those continuing to seek treatment).
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929 Spaulding SE
Ada, MI 49301
In-Home Care (non-medical)
In-home care is for individuals who need assistance with personal tasks. These are non-medical in nature, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, or going to the bathroom. Kind and knowledgeable caregivers can provide much needed assistance and companionship so your loved one can stay comfortably and safely at home. Because this type of help is non-medical, it is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
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