Frequently Asked Questions
There are 16 agencies in Michigan created by the Older Americans Act and governed by the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency. We advocate for older adults and caregivers, administer funds to support programs and services, and identify needs and develop plans to enable older adults to maintain their independence with dignity through person-centered services.
CareWell Services Southwest is the Region 3B Area Agency on Aging serving Barry and Calhoun counties. The Older Americans Act of 1965 created agencies like ours at the federal, state, and local level to administer programs that help older adults maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
We are a private, not-for-profit agency who provides information and access to services for older adults, persons with disabilities and family caregivers.
In 2017 we filed a Doing Business as Certificate to use the moniker CareWell Services Southwest, which is the name you will hear most often. Legally, our name is Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, d/b/a CareWell Services Southwest.
Any person age 60 and over who resides in Barry and Calhoun counties is potentially eligible for our services that are funded by either the Older Americans Act or the Older Michiganians Act. Persons over the age of 65 and younger adults 18 years of age or older with disabilities who meet income eligibility requirements and are medically eligible for nursing home placement may qualify for the MI Choice Waiver Program.
Person-centered means that the older adult’s needs, desires, preferences, and goals are considered most important when working with the adult and their caregiver to determine how, when, where, and by whom services are provided.
Information about Area Agencies on Aging across the United States can be obtained by calling the Eldercare Locator number at 1-800-677-1116 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST or by visiting the Eldercare web site at www.eldercare.gov.
Caregivers or individuals facing challenges with daily activities, or who have questions about their options for remaining independent as long as possible in the community. We provide assistance to connect you to services or community resources which may help. Persons who don’t qualify for any of our services will be directed to the proper local resource to help them.