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Guide for Family Caregivers in Michigan

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Caregiving may be one of the most important, and challenging, roles you’ll ever take on. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey — starting to plan; taking care of a family member in your home, in a facility, or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities — having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier.

AARP developed this family caregiver guide with you, the caregiver, in mind and as a starting point to help you find the services and support you might need throughout your journey.

To order a print copy of this online guide, call the toll-free AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line at 877-333-5885 and indicate which state(s) you would like to receive. A copy will be mailed to you.

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General Resources

  • Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (866-485-9393 toll-free)
    • Long-term care ombudsmen advocate for and on behalf of people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They can provide information about how to find local facilities, and they can assist residents and their loved ones with problems and complaints. There is no cost to residents or families who contact ombudsman services.

Health Resources

  • Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (800-803-7174)
    • MMAP provides free, confidential counseling to Michigan residents with questions about the Medicare and Medicaid systems. They also provide information about veterans’ health benefits, private insurance, prescription drug assistance, and hospital bills and Medicare notices.
  • Making Choices Michigan (844-454-2443)
    • A unit of the Michigan Health Information Network, the nonprofit helps people make decisions about and document their health care preferences, allowing them and their loved ones to be better prepared for a possible medical emergency.

Home- and Community-Based Resources

  • Michigan Area Agencies on Aging
    • Michigan’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging connect older adults and their caregivers with in-home services and community services from a network of over 1,300 service providers across the state. Services include in-home help with meals, bathing, and household tasks; respite care including adult day programs; and training programs for family caregivers. Find your local AAA at
  • Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
    • This provider-based health plan is open to residents ages 55 and over who live in a part of the state covered by one of Michigan’s PACE organizations. Although all PACE participants are eligible for nursing home care, 90 percent continue to live at home. Most participants are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
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Financial Resources

  • NCOA BenefitsCheckUp
    • Connects older adults with disabilities with benefit programs that can help pay for food, medicine, health care, utilities and more.
  • Mid-America Pension Rights Project (866-735-7737 toll-free)
    • This special project within Elder Law of Michigan offers individuals basic advice about pension laws and pension rights, fi ling benefit claims and finding pensions that were lost due to company mergers. Services are provided at no charge.

Legal Resources

  • Elder Law of Michigan Inc. (866-400-9164)
    • This nonprofit provides free legal advice and information to older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers.
  • Lakeshore Legal Aid (888-783-8190 toll-free)
    • The nonprofit law firm provides a range of free civil legal services to low-income older adults in 14 locations across southeast Michigan.
  • Michigan Legal Help
    • The website provides free how-to kits, brochures and help with court forms for people of all ages who are handling legal problems without a lawyer. The site can also help with referrals to lawyers and community services for those seeking more assistance.
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • An association of attorneys who specialize in legal services for older adults and people with special needs. It offers a database of elder law attorneys that can be searched by city or zip code.

Workplace/Employer Resources

Housing Resources

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Specific Audience Resources

  • AARP Caregiving Guides
    • AARP offers free caregiving guides for specific audiences, including guides for military families and LGBT individuals. The guides, also offered in Spanish and Chinese, are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan.
  • National Council of Dementia Minds
    • A nonprofit organization led by people living with dementia. Dementia Minds groups meet regularly via Zoom and provide dialogue and education about strategies for living well with dementia, including overcoming stigma and finding new ways to live with meaning and purpose.
  • Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) (800-642-4838)
    • The state agency connects Michigan residents who have served in the U.S. armed forces, and their families, with services and benefits.
  • Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter (800-272-3900)
    • The association has several offices throughout the state and provides information and resources related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia — including the latest research, care navigation tools, support groups and a 24-hour helpline.
  • Michigan Parkinson Foundation (800-852-9781)
    • Provides information and referrals, as well as exercise programs and support groups, for people with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones.

Care for Caregivers

  • AARP Friendly Voice
    • AARP Friendly Voice is a program with trained, caring volunteers on the other end of a phone line who are ready to chat, listen or just say hello. Phone: Call 1-888-281-0145 for English or 1-888-497-4108 for Spanish, leave your information and you will get a return call.
  • Create the Good
    • Create the Good connects people with volunteer opportunities and project ideas to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.
  • CALM Connections
    • CALM Connections, a program of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at University of Michigan, connects family caregivers with free or low-cost in-person and virtual programs to enhance caregiver wellbeing, confidence and on-going self-care.

AARP Resources for Family Caregivers

  • AARP Family Caregiving Website (en español:
    • AARP’s Family Caregiving website is your one-stop shop for tips and tools to help you care for a loved one. It has valuable information about handling medical issues, health records and advance directives, home safety, financial and legal issues, caregiver life balance and much more.
  • AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line (877-333-5885 toll-free, en español: 888-971-2013 toll-free)
    • Connect with a real person and learn how to access local resources via our toll-free family caregiving hotline.
  • Community Resource Finder
    • Community Resource Finder, a joint service from the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, is a database of dementia- and aging-related resources powered by Carelike. The online tool makes it easy to find local programs and services.
  • I Heart Caregivers
    • Join the thousands of family caregivers who have shared their experiences through AARP’s storytelling initiative, I Heart Caregivers. Your story will help AARP continue to fight for more support for family caregivers.
  • AARP HomeFit Guide
    • The AARP HomeFit Guide can help individuals and families make their current or future residence age-friendly. It can also help elected officials, policymakers and local leaders learn about and advocate for the types of housing features and designs that communities need so that their residents can live safely and comfortably and thrive.
  • AARP Foundation Connect2Affect
    • AARP Foundation Connect2Affect offers resources to meet the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely and helps to build social connections for older adults.
  • AARP Health Benefits Navigator
    • The Health Benefits Navigator is a tool to help veterans and their family members find and obtain service-related benefits provided through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD). 
  • AARP Job Board
    • AARP Job Board helps connect job seekers with employers who value experience and are committed to an age-diverse workforce.
  • AARP Medicare Enrollment Guide
    • The AARP Medicare Enrollment Guide offers guidance on key decisions you'll need to make about enrolling in Medicare for the first time, as well as personalized information that is carefully tailored to you.
  • AARP Resume Advisor
    • The AARP Resume Advisor offers a free résumé review to help highlight your skills as a professional by providing personalized feedback.

If you have thoughts about how AARP can improve this resource guide, we invite you to go to (en español: 

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