Life has changed drastically for many of us over the last several months. The pandemic and all that has come with it have highlighted areas that were weak in our world, nation, community, and families, as well as provided opportunities for growth and incredible acts of kindness along the way, both large and small. During…

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In May, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a new nationwide Medicare prescription $35 cap on insulin co-pays, even during “the donut hole.” This is good news for many insulin-using Medicare beneficiaries, but there are some things to know about this new cap. The insulin savings does not take effect until 2021.  Not…

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One big aspect of remaining independent is being able to make healthy food for yourself. As we age, our ability or energy to safely prepare meals in the kitchen may decrease. There are many ways to adjust and use kitchen gadgets to help you continue to feed yourself healthy meals without stress! One helpful kitchen…

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CareWell Services operates on a foundation of five core values, among these core values are integrity, respect, and compassion. Each employee has committed to these values as we work together to carry out our mission of promoting health, independence, and choice for seniors, persons with disabilities, and caregivers. We seek to create a community where…

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Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, d/b/a CareWell Services Southwest, will hold an electronic Public Hearing through Zoom, to seek input from the public about the needs of and available services for seniors in Barry and Calhoun counties as a part of its Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) with the Michigan Aging &…

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CareWell Services Southwest is working in partnership with USDA Farmers, the Food Bank Council, and food hubs in Barry and Calhoun counties to distribute 600 boxes of fresh food to local seniors experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The boxes will be provided by Van Eerden Foodservice and will be filled with locally-grown products.…

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CareWell Services Southwest has collaborated with Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) to raise awareness on how Assistive Technology can foster independence. The collaborative effort is called the Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP). CareWell works with MDRC to provide education about Assistive Technology and how it can support independence to individuals throughout Southwest Michigan in Barry,…

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CareWell Services Southwest, the area agency on aging for Calhoun and Barry counties, has set new screening criteria to refocus their Food and Basic Needs Program during COVID-19, due to demand beyond its capacity. The program’s primary mission is to help seniors avoid infection by supporting them as they shelter in place, and to support…

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The cities of Albion, Battle Creek, and Springfield have extended the deadline to file local income taxes to Friday, July 31. This is in line with the governor’s executive order 2020-26, which extends state income tax and city income tax filing and payment deadlines, which match the federal income tax deadline extension. The new deadlines…

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CareWell Services has launched a volunteer HouseCalls Telephone Reassurance Program to help seniors stay connected during the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting stay at home order. The program provides a contact by telephone with a volunteer one-to-three times per week, offering an easy way for seniors to request help if needed. “The call is intended first…

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