HEAR Now: Sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, (800) 328-8602, this program provides hearing aids for people with net incomes below $19,058 for a single or $25,743 for couples, and limited assets. Your only costs are a hearing test and an application fee of $125 per hearing aid request.
Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project: Offered through some Lions clubs throughout the U.S., this program provides the opportunity to purchase new, digital hearing aids manufactured by Rexton for $200 per aid, plus shipping. To be eligible, most clubs will require your income to be somewhere below 200 percent of the federal poverty level which is $22,340 for singles, or $30,260 for couples. Contact your local Lions club to see if they participate in this project.
Sertoma: A civic service organization that runs a hearing aid recycling program through its 500 clubs nationwide, refurbishes them, and distributes them to local people in need. Call (800) 593-5646 or visit sertoma.org to locate a club in your area.
Audient: This program (audientalliance.org, (866) 956-5400) helps people purchase new, digital hearing aids at reduced prices ranging from $495 to $975 for one hearing aid or $990 to $1,575 for a pair. To be eligible, your income must be below $27,075 for a single or $36,425 for couples.
For a list of more programs, visit the Better Hearing Institute website at betterhearing.org, and click on "Hearing Loss Resources," then on "Financial Assistance." Or, call the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at 800-241-1044 and ask them to mail you their list of financial resources for hearing aids.
- Intercare Holland (616) 399-0200 ($40 min, sliding scale after that)
- City on A Hill Zeeland (616) 748-6060
- Grand Valley Dental (616) 457-2299
- Gr Com. College (616) 234-4237
- Richard Martin, DDS (616) 396-5197
- Dentures in a Day – Grandville (616) 531-7701
- Pullman Health Center Sliding scale (269) 236-5021
- DentuCenter – Grandville (616) 534-5602 Medicaid waiver may also help pay for dentures.
Support groups provide the opportunity to share similar experiences, learn, and find support and friendship. Most groups have the option of placing a loved one in respite programs during the meeting time. For more information, please call Evergreen Commons at (616) 355-5153.
- 1st Monday of the month at 6:30 PM
the Evergreen Commons Adult Day Health area
- 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12:30 PM
the Evergreen Commons Room
- 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM
the Kings Room, Royal Park Place in Zeeland
- 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM
East Saugatuck Christian Reform Church
- 2nd & 4th Wednesday at noon
Hope Church, 92 West 10th Street, Holland
Contact: (616) 392-7947
Care Quest Group
The Inn at Freedom Village
145 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423
Contact: (616) 820-7630
Monthly: 4th Thursday 2:00-3:00 PM
Lakeshore Medical Campus
3235 N. Wellness Dr., Building A, Holland MI 49424
Contact: Sue Kolean (616) 786-3952
Monthly: 1st Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM
Willowbrook Manor Conference Room
17387 Oakcrest Parkway, Spring Lake, MI 49456
Contact: Nancy Meyers (616) 844-2893
Monthly: 2nd Tuesday 3:00-4:00 PM
Grandville (Respite available upon request)
Cambridge Manor, 151 Port Sheldon Road, Grandville, MI 49418
Contact: Brian Nitz (616) 822-1174
Monthly: 3rd Tuesday 6:30-7:45 PM
3rd Monday of the month at 1 pm in the Seminar Room, Evergreen Commons
Lakeshore Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Support Group
3rd Monday of the month at Evergreen - 6 PM. Contact Evergreen (355-5153) for more information.
Hospice of Holland
Hospice offers many free support groups to those in the area including: Understanding Grief, Adult Children grieving the loss of a parent, Going Solo (for those experiencing the death of a spouse), children’s groups, and Writing Bereavement Group.
Call 396-2972 for additional information
Grieve Not alone support group
For those who have lost a spouse
Meets 7 PM the 4th Tuesday at Central Wesleyan Church, room C165
Call (616) 395-3138 for additional information
Widowed Person Services:
Grief support and social group
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 at Hope Church in Holland
Going Solo support group
For older individuals experiencing death of spouse
Meets 10:30 AM the 3rd Thursday at Hospice of Holland
Ottawa County Low Vision support group
Meets at 1:30 PM the 3rd Tuesday at Zeeland Community Center
Visually Impaired support group
Meets 9:15 AM 4th Tuesday, at 14th Street Christian Reformed Church, Holland
Allegan Area Diabetics support group
Meets at 7 PM the 3rd Thursday at Allegan Public Library
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance
Meets at 6 PM the 3rd Thursday
Contact: (616) 499-4885 or (616) 335-2548 for location
Better Breather’s support group
Meets 1 PM 4th Monday.
Contact: (616) 394-3706 for location
Stroke Survivors support group
Meets 4 PM 4th Monday, at Evergreen Commons
A special pension benefit established in 1952, Aid & Attendance provides tax free monthly income up to $1,758 for a veteran; $1,130 for a surviving spouse; or $2,085 for a veteran and one dependent (2014 rates). The money can be used to pay for in-home care, assisted living and nursing home care as well as medical expenses, prescription drugs and more.
To learn more, apply for, or to see if you or a loved one is eligible, contact your local veteran's service organization.
Life Planning Resource
355 Settlers Rd
Holland, MI 49423
Contact: Michelle Damian (844) 610-4455
Toll-free: (877) 838-7227
Disabled American Veterans
1185 Matt Urban Drive, Holland
Contact: Steve Pruitt (616) 396-2714
Ottawa County Veterans Affairs
Health Department Office
12185 James Street, Holland 49424
Contact: (616) 393-8387
Vietnams Veterans of America Office
(help for all vets, not just Vietnam vets)
578 South Shore Drive, Holland 49423
Contact: Bob Erickson (231) 855-0793
Holland American Legion
10820 Paw Paw Drive, Holland 49423
Contact: (616) 392-2609
You can also apply online at www.va.gov
Needed forms and helpful instructions are also available at www.veteranaid.org
Choices for older or disabled persons who may need help caring for themselves.
MI Choice Waiver is a program designed to help people to stay at home (or assisted living facilities) who would be otherwise eligible to receive services in a nursing facility.
Through this program, eligible adults who meet income and asset criteria can receive Medicaid-covered services like those provided by nursing homes, but can stay in their own home or another residential setting. In 2014 individual income limits were $2163 per month and asset limits are $2000 for a single person, $3000 for a married couple.
Each participant can receive the basic services Michigan Medicaid covers, and one or more of the following services unique to the Waiver:
- Homemaker services
- Respite services
- Adult day care
- Environmental modifications
- Medical supplies and equipment not covered under Medicaid
- Chore services
- Personal emergency response systems
- Private duty nursing
- Home delivered meals
- Training in a variety of independent living skills
- Personal care supervision
The waiting list for this program is quite long; 6-10 months. Names can be placed on the waiting list through the following agencies:
Local: (231) 733-3585
Toll-free: (800) 442-0054
Serving Ottawa County
HHS, Health Options, Inc.
Local: (616) 956-9440
Toll-free: (800) 447-3007
Serving Ottawa & Allegan Counties
$6 each in Holland/Zeeland, daily
$6.50 Saugatuck, Douglas (Tues. & Thur. only)
Contact: (616) 355-5118
Cost by donation, $5 max
Allegan County: (269) 673-5472
Ottawa County: (616) 355-5118 (via Evergreen)
Jenison area: (800) 442-6769
$4.50, City limits only
Fresh meals delivered weekly
$6.70/meal when ordered in groups of 21
Serving all areas
Contact: (866) 971-6667
Good Samaritan Ministries
Contact: (616) 392-7159
Contact: (269) 673-5472 (Allegan County only)
$2 each way
Contact: (616) 355-1010
$5 each way
Contact: (616) 457-1170
Contact: (616) 459-8228
Contact: (616) 531-9973
$25/mo button only, $80/mo for med monitor and button
Contact: Alison at (616) 813-9393
$35/mo for 1 intercom, $45 for 2 units. $25 install
Contact: (616) 394-3510
All of these companies also have wonderful medication dispenser/ reminder systems, exit alarms, and many other items that work in conjunction with the help button.
Resthaven Private Duty Aides
•Private aides can help with bathing, dressing, housekeeping, errands, respite, companionship and more. A great way to stay at home safely.
Contact: (616) 796-3825
Adult Day Health program available for respite (break for caregiver) and socialization for patient. This program provides full care and has nurses on staff.
Contact: (616) 355-5118