When someone inquires through the Resource Office of Evergreen Commons about help for an older adult, it's usually not "just" that specific service that's needed. For almost 30 years Evergreen Commons has offered "much more" alongside its services. We specialize in providing a wide range of assistance for older adults and are dedicated to being the community's most comprehensive resource. Please contact our Resource Coordinator at 616-355-5118 with any questions you may have.
Resource Office FAQ
What if someone isn't sure about the type of assistance to request?
That's part of how we can help. According to someone's situation, we can explain the options and explore which ones might prove most helpful.
Does a person have to be a member of Evergreen commons to contact the Resource Office?
No, it is available to the general public. We like to think of this office as a one-stop shop for the entire community.
Such an open-door policy must make for a busy office!
Yes, indeed. We try to know answers to the widest possible range of questions about issues affecting older adults. Many inquiries come from family members who have concerns about a loved one. If we don't know an answer, we do our best to find it out.
Do you also see people in person?
Yes, individuals, couples, relatives, and entire families come into the office. Sometimes a conversation is very sensitive because a need is being addressed for the first time. We try to emphasize that life's struggles are common to all of us and the focus of our services is on helping people remain at home comfortably and safely, which is where most of us wish to live.
Medicare & Medicaid Assistance Program
This free service has trained and certified counselors who meet one-on-one with individuals to provide objective assistance in the following areas:
Understanding Medicare benefits
Comparing and enrolling in Medicare Prescription and Advantage plans
Reviewing supplemental insurance options
Applying for Medicaid and Prescription Drug assistance
Examples of the wide range of information provided through the Resource Office:
Housing lists for every level of care, including senior apartments, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities
Information handout on Nursing Home Medicaid in Michigan
Information handout on MI Choice Medicaid Waiver Program
Information handout on Low-Income Assistance Programs
Explanations of medical alert systems and referrals to trustworthy providers
Templates for simple legal documents, including a medical power of attorney
Contact information for elder law providers
Contact information for veterans wishing to explore VA benefits eligibility
Contact information for local providers of ramps and medical equipment
Explanations of prescription medication discount cards
Suggestions for low-cost food provisions
Anything else relating to older adults in our community