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Moving from the Nursing Home

Helping People Live Safely and Independently

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s Nursing Facility Transitions program helps eligible nursing home residents transition from living in the nursing home back to living in a home setting in their community.

Who Can Use the Program?

The program is available to residents of nursing facilities who are currently on Medicaid, or are Medicaid-eligible and have a barrier to returning home. Some barriers people might face include:

  • They no longer have a home or apartment that they can return to
  • They need ongoing direct care services at home (Help with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, eating, keeping the home clean or preparing meals)
  • They need modifications to their home to make it accessible and barrier free
  • They need durable medical equipment at home (Things like hospital beds, patient lifts, or wheelchairs)
  • Their current home needs special attention due to allergens, pests or extensive clutter

What Kinds of Places Can People Live Once They Leave the Nursing Home?

There are lots of options to explore. You can move back to your own home, move in with family members, or move into an apartment, an assisted living facility or an adult foster care facility.

How Does the Program Work?

The AAA 1-B’s Nursing Facility Transition team members will visit you right in the nursing home and get to know your needs. They will then work with you –along with your nursing home discharge planners and any friends and family who will be providing support once you are at home– to put together a transition plan.

The team will explain all of your options, put together a plan that will help eliminate barriers and help you transition to living safely and independently in a home setting.  The team might help you find a living situation that is safe and affordable, or arrange to remediate any safety concerns or barriers in your existing home situation. The team might also help with moving, setting up your new household and obtaining any needed household items. They may also help you get needed medical equipment, or identify and set up any support services you will need to live successfully on your own.

Care and Support at Home

People can usually return to a home setting even if they will need direct care and support services once they are at home. If you will need care and support services, the team will work with you and your family to identify community resources that will address your needs and find programs that you might qualify for to remain at home. If you qualify for any of the AAA 1-B  programs that provide ongoing support in the home, we can help you get started.

How Can I Get Started?

If you’d like to find out more, or see if you or a loved one might be eligible for the program, call the Area Agency on Aging 1-B Information and Assistance Line at (800) 852-7795 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Discharge planners in nursing facilities and friends or family members of nursing home residents can also refer people to the program.

Note: Services provided are paid for by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.