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Fall2009 Newsletter

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Nursing Facility Transitions

Nursing Facility Transitions


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  • 1. Nursing Facility Transitions FALL 2009 Newsletter: “Choices, Choices, Choices! It is ALL David E. Layne about our consumers having more choices!” (248) 770-1950 Housing Coordinator The State of Michigan anticipates 3100 elderly people and those over 18 years of age with disabilities, will “transition” out of nursing facilities by the end of David.Layne@ 2011. Many have been “stuck” there not knowing the alternatives now morcinc.org available to them: Assisted living, adult foster care homes, homes for the aged, subsidized housing- senior housing and affordable housing options as well as possibly staying in their own home or with a loved one. www.MORCHome • About 44% of the individuals who transfer will be older Care.org adults (elderly) • 29% will be individuals with physical disabilities • 20% will be individuals with intellectual / developmental 16200 19 Mile Road disabilities • And about 7% will have mental illness P.O. Box 380710 • 3100 are expected to transition in Michigan by the end of Clinton Township, MI 2011 48038 - Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Fax (586) 228-7029 A Q & A for Public Housing Authorities -Developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in cooperation with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (Complete letter & Q & A available on request) “Home and Community based services for the elderly & disabled in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair & Washtenaw Counties” Page 1
  • 2. Nursing Facility Transitions The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimate that people 65 years old and older are projected to increase from 12.4% of our population in 2000 to 19.6% by 2030 as the Baby Boomer generation ages. That represents an increase from 35 million in the United States to over 70 million people over 65. Programs … Designed to increase choices “There are alternatives for The MI Choice Waiver Program is a comprehensive our elderly and those with community based in-home services program designed for eligible persons who are medically disabilities over 18 years of appropriate for nursing home placement. (Medicaid age. We need to keep getting eligibility required) the word out through ALL of The Michigan Department of Community Health lists the wonderful advocacy effective October 1, 2009 the following waiting list priority groups serving these categories in descending order of priority: populations”. - Marcia • Persons no longer eligible for Children’s Special Marklin, MORC Home Care Health Care Services because of age. Program Manager • Nursing Facility Transition participants. • Current Adult Protective Service clients. • Chronological order by date services were requested. Services that may be provided with MI Choice funds: Adult day care, chore services, counseling services, environmental modifications, home delivered meals, homemaker services, medical equipment- supplies, personal care waiver, personal emergency response systems, private duty nursing, respite care, training, transportation. - Benita Hughes, Residential Care Manager / Social Worker Why is it so important that our fellow advocacy groups help get the word out to families potentially dealing with these choices? 1- Whether elderly or with disabilities, the waiting list can be 1 year plus! We must educate these populations on their options so they can try to stay ahead of their needs. 2- As you can see from the State’s priorities listed above, many in Nursing Facilities now (and some facing “imminent risk” of Nursing Home Placement) will get to move up the waiting list. “Together we can make a model of Michigan’s MI Choice program!” “Home and Community based services for the elderly & disabled in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair & Washtenaw Counties” Page 2