Case workers will meet with older adults and their families to discuss resources and services available in our community, with the goal of helping older adults remain as independent as possible. Case workers have an expertise in knowing community services and how to access them.
In-Home Assistants provide help with daily activities such as bathing, hair, and skin care. This service is limited to one (1) hour per week.
Available to seniors who require 24-hour care, an In-Home Assistant provides companionship, supervision, and assistance with activities of daily living, such as toileting and feeding. This service is limited to two (2) hours per week and is intended to give a family member or caregiver a chance to relax.
Caregiver training is offered in home or at the COA office to help people care for loved ones both at home or in facilities. The Caregiver Trainer can teach you about the disease/disability and how to handle the many issues that can come along with caregiving. Training can be done one on one or with groups. List of Support Groups
An In-Home Assistant provides help with tasks including: laundry, meal preparation, and light household cleaning. Homemaking is only available for a fee.
Assistance with household maintenance jobs such as: washing windows, removing and installing screens and storm windows, caulking windows and installing weather-stripping around doors, minor furniture repair, and other annual tasks as needed.
Minor Home Repair
A Home Maintenance worker provides services which will contribute to the extended life of an owner-occupied home and help maintain minimum health and safety standards. This would include: minor roof repair, window repair, correct faulty plumbing, repair stairs, install or repair railings, and building wheelchair ramps as needed. Clients are asked to pay for the material.
Home-delivered meals provides older adults with a hot meal during the noon hour. To be eligible one must; be over the age of 60, be homebound, and unable to shop or prepare own meals. A suggested donation of $2.50 for each meal provided.
Commission on Aging offers transportation to medical appointments for Senior Citizens of Gratiot County for a fee of $4 per 20 miles. Please contact Commission on Aging front desk at 875-5246 to make arrangements. We ask for at least a 2 to 3 day notice for all transportation requests.
Dining Sites ("Food With Friends")
Offers food and fellowship. This nutritious noon meal provides one-third of the body's daily nutritional requirements. Programs, activities, and friendship are also a part of Food With Friends. Site locations are:
- Alma/St. Louis Area - (989) 681-4341
- Breckenridge Area - (989) 842-3338
- Fulton Area - (989) 236-5019
- Ithaca - (989) 875-2135
- West Gratiot - (989) 833-7624
Monthly newspaper mailed to older adults and family members of Gratiot County. The newspaper is available on cassette tape for the visually challenged. Also may view CoA newsletter online by clicking CoA Newsletter on the menu.
Medicare-Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP)
MMAP provides trained counselors to help understand Medicare/Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, coverage, medical bills, and insurance issues. A MMAP Counselor can assist you in understanding Medicare and Medicaid, compare or enroll in a Medicare Prescription or Medicare Advantage Plan, Review your Medicare supplemental insurance needs, apply for Medicaid, identify and report Medicare fraud/abuse or scams. To find a MMAP Counselor in your area, click here.
Information and Referral
Offers facts and specific information in response to questions asked about senior citizens' needs, programs, and services.
Gratiot County Commission on Aging
515 South Pine River Street | Ithaca, Michigan 48847
There is no charge for many services, however, contributions are encouraged to help maintain the programs. Programs are funded by Region VII Area Agency on Aging, OSA, MDOT, Gratiot County Senior Millage, and donations. Programs comply with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.