VAAA provides answers, action and advocacy on care for the elderly and disabled adults of Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee Counties, by enhancing lives, empowering choice, sustaining independence and supporting caregivers and families.
The Valley Area Agency on Aging is one of 16 Area Agencies on Aging in Michigan established by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and the State Older Michiganians Act to meet the needs of a growing aging population. VAAA is governed by an Executive Board comprised of elected officials and a volunteer senior citizen majority.
•Fund service providers through a competitive bidding process.
•Ensure quality assurance and provide technical assistance to service providers.
•Advocate on issues of concern to older adults and persons with disabilities at local, regional and national levels.
•Provide employment and training services to older workers.
•Identify unmet needs and develop new service programs.
•Provide services specifically targeted to the frail elderly.
Valley Area Agency on Aging FAQ
What option for care is available for people who have extensive care needs but do not want to go to a nursing home?
There is a program called the MI Choice Waiver Program in the state of MI that is a Medicaid funded community based long term care program. The program provides custodial care services in the individuals home instead of a nursing home.
What is custodial care and how does it help with the care need?
Custodial care services that are not restorative in nature. They provide the individual care for activities of daily living such as personal care, meal prep, light housekeeping, and support in the community.
Does the program provide assistance for caregivers/family members?
Yes. The program looks to strengthen the family or informal support that currently provides the individual assistance. The program can provide in-home and our of home respite so caregivers can have time away to fulfill other family commitments or ever take a vacation.
Who can get this service?
This is a Medicaid based long term care program so there is income and asset requirements. The person has to be at a Nursing Facility Level of Care.