When an older adult has challenges living at home safely and independently, it is most often a family member or a friend who steps in to help provide care. These informal caregivers help with daily activities like cooking, cleaning, bathing and paying bills. Michigan is home to more than 1.5 million people who do this every day.
When an older adult lacks an informal caregiver, many people often think that a nursing home is the only option for them to live safely as they age.
It is important for every Michigan resident to know that there is a statewide aging network of more than 1,300 providers that offer a wide array of free or low-cost services that can help older adults live safely and independently at home.
Types of Services
Meals on Wheels/Home-delivered Meals: Delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors.
Congregate Meals: Provides nutritious meals/social opportunities in community settings.
Case Coordination and Support: Evaluation, planning and coordination
of care and services for older adults.
Care Management: Evaluation, planning and coordination of care and services for older adults with higher/complex care needs.
Respite Care: Provides temporary care for an older adult, providing support to informal caregivers.
Homemaker: Provides assistance in the home for activities like meal preparation, light housekeeping and shopping.
Adult Day Services: Provides temporary care in an institutional setting for an older adult, providing support and respite care to informal caregivers.
Personal Care: Provides assistance in the home for activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing and eating.