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Assisted and Acute Healthcare for Seniors in Western Michigan: Everything You Need to Know About It!

Updated on October 24, 2016

Obviously, there are two aspects of healthcare for seniors to keep in mind: health insurance, and senior facilities. In western Michigan alone, the options are staggering, leaving you helpless to wonder: what is the best option? And you want the very best for your loved ones, correct? So the research has to be done, obviously –

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It can be a little exhausting reading through all of the lists of hospices, elder communities, assisted living facilities, and all the different policies of health insurance tailored to senior citizens. Make no mistake: western Michigan's a big region to deal with, and the healthcare industry's even bigger.

There’s one thing you can gather from all of that: this is an important field of study and a valid point of healthcare to examine to make sure you have the services right for you and your grandmother, grandfather, great-grandmother or great-grandfather, or other elder you care for. So this list isn't exhaustive, but selective, and for good reason:

We’ll start simple here. Starting with….

Health Insurance

Here are the numerous companies offering insurance to the elderly, and not just any insurance, but the premium kind:

  1. Priority Health
  2. CareSource
  3. Kent Health Plan
  4. Access Health Inc.
  5. Aetna
  6. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network

Let me be fair to say that these are probably the most reputable. There are other insurance companies out there, too, many not very well known given they don’t offer as much as these companies do.

That’s not all health insurance can offer, though. When thinking about senior citizens and what they deal with, it’s important to know providers offering services, such as:

  • Bariatric Seating
  • Joint Replacements
  • Catheters
  • Biopsy Devices
  • Inhalers

In western Michigan, these are the top technological providers for those medical devices –

  1. Stryker Corporation
  2. BlueWare Inc.
  3. Medical Accessories & Research Corporation
  4. Rose Technologies
  5. Allmarc and Genmed Corporation
  6. Miller Medical Specialties
  7. Aspen Surgical Products Inc.
  8. Autocam Medical
  9. INRAD Inc.

This is a lot to deal with! Here, though, we help out a ton, giving you the very best idea of which insurance plan and/or medical technology provider may be right for you.

For both insurance and provider, the top of the list according to a reputable survey would be the best in the game. That’s not to say, though, that the ones following don’t hold their own. Even the so-called 'best' might not be the best for you and your needs.

They’re ranked by revenue and billings with Priority Health sitting at the top – holding a staggering $938 million combined in 2010 alone. CareSource comes in second with $16.50 million in 2010, followed by the standard Kent Health Plan of Kent County, serving low-income/uninsured individuals at $8.63 million in 2010. Access Health Inc. in Muskegon operates much like the Kent Health Plan but only with revenue and billings in 2010 adding up to $6.4 million.

Unfortunately, both Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield/Blue Care Network don’t have applicable numbers under revenue and billings even though together they cover the majority of individuals in the whole of western Michigan.

The bottom line? You want prime time insurance coverage for the elderly, you may want to try and go for Priority Health. Their policies are among the best.

Dealing with those medical technology providers, though, are a slightly different story. It all depends on what you’re looking for.

If your issue happens to be orthopedics, orthobiology, implants and such, Stryker Corporation leads. That’s their specialty.

Radiology and surgery devices, though, are best handled by INRAD Inc.

Allmarc and Genmed handle surgical components for medical issues with the heart – heart surgery, heart transplants, etc. etc. They also provide bariatric seating as well.

The good news, though, is all providers exist essentially in a network. Ask the right questions, and you’ll get the right answers from any professional in this field. That way, you’ll know which provider might supply the best equipment for your needs, especially when involving health insurance for the elderly as well as the second aspect of assisted and acute healthcare….

Senior Citizen Facilities

One would think that this would be an easy issue to deal with given the standards required for senior citizen care. But it’s almost as complex as health insurance and providers.

Typically, facilities assisting in healthcare and living for the elderly are separated into three different types –

  • Residential Communities
  • Healthcare Agencies
  • Hospitals

Each one specializes in a certain unique purpose. What a ‘residential community’ can do, an agency or hospital can’t do. Likewise, there are some things an agency or hospital can provide that a residential community can’t provide.

Again, it all depends on what you’re looking for.

Starting off, understand that a residential community is essentially an ‘apartment’ for the elderly. Assisted living is provided for on a grand scale, integrated within the community. Rehabilitation and other specific services are also provided. In general, you’ll find in western Michigan all of these facilities will charge a fee but also accept Medicare – the basic term for senior citizen insurance.

These are the top communities in western Michigan:

  1. Porter Hills Village
  2. Christian Rest Home Association
  3. Brookcrest
  4. Sunset Manor & Villages
  5. Covenant Village of the Great Lakes
  6. Saint Ann’s Home
  7. Allegan County Medical Care Community
  8. The Good Shepherd Home
  9. Oak Crest Manors of Kentwood
  10. Robbinswood Assisted Living Community
  11. Bishop Hills Elder Care Community
  12. Maple Woods
  13. The Warm Friend
  14. Northview Manor
  15. Ransom Tower Apartments
  16. Meadowlark Retirement Village
  17. Cook Valley Estates
  18. Mount Mercy Apartments
  19. Adams Park Apartments
  20. Leonard Terrace Apartments
  21. Vern & Lois Boersma Cottage
  22. Shepherds of Independence
  23. Sheldon Apartments
  24. Harvest Way Retirement Community
  25. Oak Ridge Retirement Community

On the other hand, it might be in the best interest of the senior citizen in question to not uproot the current home in which the citizen lives.

Then comes this option: the healthcare agency.

While residential communities provide assisted and acute healthcare in an establishment, healthcare agencies will come to the elderly in their homes and provide the same type of care.

Supervision isn’t as structured as in a community or apartment, though – but quality of life may be much richer for senior citizens not wishing to leave their homes.

The best healthcare agencies include:

  1. Trinity Home Health Services
  2. Faith Hospice
  3. Harbor Hospice
  4. Porter Hills Home Care
  5. Community Care Givers
  6. Health Care Associates
  7. Homecare of Holland Home
  8. Comfort Keepers of West Michigan
  9. QCI Nurse Specialists
  10. AngelCare Home Health Care
  11. Sunset Home Services
  12. CareTree Adult Day Services
  13. Homewatch CareGivers
  14. Visiting Angels of West Michigan
  15. Right at Home
  16. Aegin Place of West Michigan, LLC.
  17. Always There InHome Care Co.

Sometimes, though, the elderly need specific treatment for a prolonged period of time, although temporary. The role of hospitals is to provide such treatment with the goal of patients returning to their homes or communities.

However, every hospital differs in the kind of care they provide. In western Michigan, these hospitals rank at the top when it comes to assisted and acute healthcare for senior citizens:

  1. Spectrum Health
  2. Borgess Medical Center
  3. Saint Mary’s Health Care
  4. Metro Health Hospital
  5. Bronson Battle Creek
  6. Holland Hospital
  7. Oaklawn Hospital
  8. Pennock Hospital
  9. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
  10. Mecosta County Medical Center
  11. Mercy Health Partners
  12. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  13. North Ottawa Community Health System

Your Choice Matters

Be well informed, not only geographically, but financially. Services differ, too – so see what serves you best. It's a priceless benefit to you in having a hub breaking down the details for you, so you don't have to.

You have the means. Now make the calls. Your loved ones depend on you.

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