RESOURCE PROGRAM

Our door is always open to help with issues impacting older adults including financial, health insurance, medical equipment, assisted living and other housing, caregiver assistance, low-cost food provisions, and much more. As the communities most extensive resource for older adults, we’ll explain options to maintaining independence and accessing a variety of support. Please contact the Resource Office for more information at 616-355-5118.


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


CONGREGATE MEAL PROGRAM

Ottawa County residents, age 60 and older, are eligible for meal vouchers here at Evergreen Commons to enjoy a nutritious meal while socializing with others in our dining room. A grant through AgeWell Services makes it possible along with participant donations when able. For more details stop by or call our Resource Office at 616-355-5118 for details!


HEaring & hearing aid clinics

Beltone Hearing Centers and Comprehensive Ear & Hearing each provide staffing once a month for this no cost clinic on the 2nd and 4th Monday's from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Hearing screenings are administered, hearing aids are checked and cleaned (all brands), and ears are checked for wax blockage and general health. No appointments are required, and there's no charge for this service.

Care Coordination

This is one of the unique aspects of Evergreen Commons that makes our services different and exceptional. Our Care Coordinators are trained professionals who will work personally alongside individuals and families to help them understand the many options available in maintaining independence in the home and accessing a variety of support and assistance which they may not be aware of. Some of the services our team offers include the following:

  • A broad knowledge base of community resources and agencies

  • A free in-home assessment of needs and a personalized plan of care

  • Meetings and consults with caregivers to offer support and discuss resources, classes, training and support groups.

  • Screening individuals for state and federal financial assistance

  • On going coordination of supportive services through Evergreen and other appropriate organizations

  • Assistance in planning for future care needs

To schedule a free in-home assessment with one of our Care Coordinators, please call our Resource Office at 616-355-5118.

Education for Caregivers

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Savvy Caregivers Class, Mondays in Fennville, Nov. 4 Dec. 9,  3 - 5 pm

Savvy Caregivers Class, Mondays in Holland, Nov. 4–Dec. 9,  1:30 - 3 pm

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class, Wednesdays, Sep. 18th-Oct. 23rd, 4-6 pm

Caregiver Support Groups

A caregiver support group is a gathering of caregivers, family, friends, and others who meets to discuss the many issues related to providing quality care for a loved one who is experiencing a disease or condition, while providing education and support for the caregiver. Research has shown the importance of social support for those caregivers that experience the physical and emotional stress of being a caregiver.

A caregiver support group provides the following:

  • A caring, safe, supportive, confidential environment for sharing feelings and coping skills

  • An opportunity to talk and share with others who are going through or have gone through the same experience

  • Encouragement to maintain personal emotional, physical and spiritual health

Third Wednesday of the Month

2:00 pm at Fennville United Methodist Church

Fourth Tuesday of the Month

3:00 pm at Fellowship Church in Holland in Room 104

Second & Fourth Tuesday of the Month

12:30 pm at The Day Center Conference Room (respite available)

Second Tuesday of the Month

3:00 pm at Christ Memorial Church in Green Room (entrance D)

Please contact our Caregiver Support Coordinator at 616-355-5153 or via email for more information.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP

Topic: Hallucinations & Delusions

Speaker: Jenny Bowlby, Acadia Pharmaceauticals

Date & Time: Monday, October 21st at 1:00pm

Location: Evergreen Commons “Study Hall”

Cost: Free, open to the public

Please contact Erin Aardema at 616-355-5129 or via email for information regarding Parkinson’s Support Groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Our door is always open to help with issues impacting older adults including financial, health insurance, medical equipment, assisted living and other housing, caregiver assistance, low-cost food provisions, and much more. As the communities most extensive resource for older adults, we’ll explain options to maintaining independence and accessing a variety of support.

We hear questions like these each day:

  • Are there possible funding options to help cover the cost of Evergreen Commons’ Day Center?

  • Where can I get information on the options nearby for independent senior housing, assisted living, and skilled nursing care?

  • My friend is concerned about the cost of in-home care services as she has limited income.  Are there programs she might qualify for that would help cover the cost?

  • I have legal questions about estate planning and elder law issues.  Who should I contact?

  • My loved one is in need of home delivered meals as they are home bound and have difficulty preparing nutritious meals.  Is there a program to help them?

  •  I live alone and worry about falls and medical incidents and having no way to reach someone for help. Can you help me understand what medical alert systems are available and if there are programs that help cover the monthly cost?

  • Are there low income assistance programs that I am eligible for?

  • Are there caregiver support services near me?

  • I’m not really sure what questions I should even be asking.  Can I explain my situation and get guidance? 

  • I’m turning 65 soon and have questions about my Medicare benefits. Can someone from Evergreen Commons help with this?

  • What if I’m not sure about the type of assistance to request?

  • Does a person have to be a member of Evergreen commons to contact the Resource Office?

  • I heard there is a meal program at Evergreen Commons to help older adults get a healthy meal and socialize with others. Is there a program like this at Evergreen Commons?

  • My loved one is in need of help in their home. They struggle with personal care, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and meal preparation. Is there a service to give them help?

  • I am the primary caregiver of my loved one and really need respite services. Do you have information on my options?

  • My doctor recommended Evergreen Commons for daytime activities, personal care, routine-health monitoring, and caregiver support/respite. Can you tell me a little bit about the programs and how to get started?

  • Are there food assistance programs are available in my area?

  • Who do I contact to inquire about available veterans benefits?

 

Each day we help older adults by taking the time to listen to their questions and situation whether by phone or in person, to help find the answers needed. If you ever have a question feel free to stop by the Resource Office or call 616-355-5118, we are happy to help.