Health, Independence, Choice

Community Services

Most people prefer to remain living in their home or home community for as long as possible. The Area Agency on Aging seeks to help older adults maintain their independence. Helping older adults and their caregivers find and access local services and resources is a core part of our mission.

Most services are offered free of charge, however, donations and cost sharing helps us extend our services to as many people as possible.

Services are provided by paid family caregivers or trained home health agency staff.

Call us! We’re here to Help!

Aging & Disability Resource line offers free personalized telephone assistance to help connect seniors and caregivers with available resources in our community and discuss care options.

  • Aging & Disability Resource Line: 269-441-0973
  • Toll Free : 1-800-626-6719

Community services include:

Senior TransportationTransportation is provided in Calhoun County to medical appointments, work and recreational opportunities by donation. Transportation services are provided by Community Action, with some funding from Region 3B Area Agency on Aging. Transportation is coordinated through a central dispatch system.   Senior Transportation Dispatch 269-565-4144 or 800-994-9876

Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) provides high quality, unbiased benefits counseling without charge or financial incentive. Persons with income and asset eligibility may qualify for Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help Low Income Subsidy Programs; MMAP counselors can screen for these savings programs. Prescription Part D benefits counseling and enrollment are another MMAP service. MMAP can assist “dual eligible” persons who have both Medicare and Medicaid in comparing the prescription formularies of the two MI Health Link providers so the dual eligible person can make an informed healthcare decision. The Senior Medicare Patrol program of MMAP helps educate consumers about Medicare fraud prevention and scams.   Call the MMAP Hotline for assistance: 1-800-803-7174.

Senior Nutrition through home delivered meals or at congregate meal sites throughout Barry & Calhoun counties. Call us for information about home delivery or congregate meal sites close to you.

Care Management provides person-centered care planning and service arrangement for frail senior. There is no financial eligibility, but cost sharing is requested.

Other Services are available through our partners, and include legal services, adult day services, personal emergency response systems, chore, guardianship, elder abuse prevention, caregiver support, senior center programs, and prescription assistance.

Market Fresh
(Formerly known as Senior Project FRESH)

Region 3B Area Agency on Aging is the lead agency in Calhoun County for the Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program.

Woman in Strawberry GardenSenior Project FRESH changed its name to Market FRESH in 2013. It is still the same program. Market FRESH provides older adults who qualify with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.

Market FRESH originates from US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) funding. It is part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. These federal dollars come out of the federal Farm Bill. The program was designed to benefit both farmers and seniors.

To qualify in Calhoun County, an older adult must be:

60 years of age or older OR a disabled adult age 18+ who lives in a senior housing complex where a distribution is being held OR A Native American tribal member age 55+

  • AND
  • Living in Calhoun County
  • WITH
  • Total household income of 185% of poverty or less.
    • In 2013, for single person households, this meant an annual income of $21,257 or less ($1,772 per month). For two person households, the annual income could be no more than $28,694 ($2,392 per month). PLEASE NOTE: The Federal Poverty Levels charts are updated each year in January; these dollar figures may be adjusted for 2015 program year.

 

  • Eligible adults will receive a minimum of ten, $2.00 coupons that can be used as cash at authorized farmers markets and roadside stands. Local community grants may make more coupons available. Coupons can be used from June 1-October 31. They are not valid after that date. You may use the coupons to purchase unprocessed, Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, grains(corn), herbs, and honey from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands which have chosen to participate in the program.

How do I sign up?

Contact Region 3B Area Agency on Aging at 269-441-0973. Coupons are available on a first-come, first served basis. Persons wishing to receive the coupons must participate in registration and distribution events for the program; which are held at various countywide sites from late June through August.