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.
- Supporting Family Caregivers in Your State
- AARP has a website dedicated to providing you with information about how we’re advocating for caregivers in your state.
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA) (517-241-4100 | AASAInfo@michigan.gov)
- AASA is Michigan’s state agency on aging offering information about — and connecting residents with — local programs and services for older adults.
- 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.
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Adult Protective Services (APS) (855-444-3911 toll-free)
- APS investigates and provides information about allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults.
- 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
- Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan
- The association links 16 Area Agencies on Aging with a network of over 1,300 service providers across the state to connect residents with senior centers and home health agencies and in-home services that can help with meals, bathing and household tasks, among other things.
- 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.
- AARP Foundation Benefits QuickLINK
- Find public benefits that can help you pay for food, medicine, health care, utilities and more by using AARP Foundation Benefits QuickLINK tool.
- Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) (800-292-9555)
- The commission provides assistance to older adults having trouble paying their gas or electric bills.
- Michigan Assistive Technology Program (Michigan Disability Rights Coalition) (800-578-1269 toll-free)
- The program helps people access low-cost, free or insurance-covered assistive technology devices and equipment, including specialized eating utensils and mobility aids.
- 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.
- 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 — Michigan Chapter
- An association of attorneys who specialize in legal services for older adults and people with special needs. It also offers a database of elder law attorneys that can be refined by city or zip code.
- Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace
- AARP offers valuable resources to help employers create a caregiver friendly workplace.
- Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- An online search tool connects state residents with licensed assisted living and adult foster care facilities in each county.
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.
- Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) (800-642-4838)
- The 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.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Michigan Chapter (800-344-4867 toll-free)
- Provides information and resources to people living with MS and their families.
Care for Caregivers
- Community Connections
- AARP Community Connections is a new website that off ers steps to get or give help. You can organize online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas and support those in need.
- 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.
- THRIVE Network
- Connects Michigan family caregivers with free or low-cost information and programs focused on self-care and caregiver wellness.
AARP Resources for Family Caregivers
- AARP Family Caregiving Website (en español: aarp.org/cuidar)
- 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.
- AARP Family Caregivers Facebook Group
- Join the AARP Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook to connect, ask questions and share ideas with other family caregivers.
- 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 Online Caregiving Community
- Join our community and connect with other caregivers like you.
- 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.
- National Resources for Family Caregivers
- A listing of national agencies, groups and organizations that can connect family caregivers with direct services and supports.