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Information and Assistance

Calling Us is the First Step to Getting Help for a Senior or Someone Caring for an Aging Parent

Available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
(800) 852-7795

Our Information and Assistance telephone line is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. at (800) 852-7795. It gives older adults and their families a place to turn when they have questions or need help finding resources to help a senior or person with a disability. It’s staffed by “experts in aging” that know all about the organizations, programs, benefits  and services available to assist seniors, people with disabilities and family caregivers here in the six counties we serve (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw). Our database gives us access to thousands of senior-focused organizations and program . We are an unbiased guides and a trusted resource—helping families find, navigate and understand the programs and services available to help them—whether those are programs offered directly by the AAA 1-B or programs offered by another local organization.

A Free Service

Government funding helps support our Information and Assistance Telephone line, so there is never a charge to call. It’s part of our nonprofit mission focused on helping seniors and people with disabilities.

What Kind of Questions Do We Answer?

Often people call us in a time of crisis—when they are concerned about themselves, a parent, a spouse, a friend or a neighbor. We listen, ask questions, and then help people problem solve and connect with the appropriate help. Some of the most common areas we answer questions on are:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Legal assistance
  • Caregiving
  • Support groups for family caregivers
  • Whether you might be eligible for government benefits and how to apply
  • Where to find help paying utility bills
  • Whether you might qualify for one of our Home Care programs
  • Where to find services for seniors and people with disabilities
  • What to do if you believe a senior is experiencing neglect or abuse

What to Expect When You Call

Expect to spend about 15 minutes on the phone with us when you call, and there can sometimes be a small wait to be connected to one of our staff. If you do not want to wait, you can submit your question or concern using our online form.  Someone typically responds to these forms within two business days.

If you are calling to see if might qualify for one of our home care programs, expect to spend 20 minutes to a half-hour on the phone with us. In this case, it will also help if you have some key pieces of information about the person who needs help available when you call. This information helps us understand if they may be eligible. Information we may ask for:

  • Demographic Information: Legal name, age, address, date of birth, marital status, social security number, address and telephone number
  • Income Information: Eligibility for our home care programs is based, in part, on financial need. To begin determining if you’re eligible, we will need income information. For the MI-Choice program, we will need the exact gross monthly income(gross income is the amount before Medicare premiums and other deductions are taken out) and income sources (social security, pension, etc.)
  • Information on Any Assets: The value of checking or savings accounts, stocks, bonds, annuities, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, 401k plans or life insurance policies that have cash value ( primary homes and vehicles or personal belonging should not be included)
  • Information on the Level of Care Needed: What major medical conditions does the person have? What kind of help with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, eating, preparing meals and taking care of the home) does the person need help with? What can they no longer do for themselves?

 


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Have a Question?

Use one of our convenient online forms to connect with us quickly.


Are you looking for services or resources for yourself, an older adult or a person with a disability? Use the link below to get started on getting help:

Information and Assistance Contact form

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Do you have general questions about the agency or doing business with us (Becoming a vendor or agency partner, advocacy, etc.)? Use the link below to send your questions.

General Inquiry Form