EHM Senior Solutions Purchases The 31 Acre Site Which Was Former Home Of Sarah Fisher Orphanage
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"EHM EHM Senior Solutions, formerly Evangelical Homes of Michigan, a nonprofit health and human service organization that has been providing health care, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan for 137 years, announced its new corporate identity last week, along with a slate of company announcements that signify its expanded focus and continued growth and evolution of services.
“EHM Senior Solutions may be nearly 140 years old, but we are far from behindthetimes,” said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM. “We are growing and innovating, shifting our focus to meet the evolving needs of today’s seniors and their families, which is reflected in our name change. Our new facilities, products and services are being designed to successfully carry EHM through its next century of operations" ...
Over the past several years, many not for profit organizations across the United States have begun to evaluate varied opportunities to deliver services to older adults who wish to remain in their homes surrounded by lifelong neighbors and friends. The desires voiced by the next generation of seniors who would prefer to call themselves, “active older adults” is that they prefer to remain in their homes as long as possible but recognize that in order to remain in their home they will need to be to able to access an array of care services and concierge and home management services. Most importantly, of primary interest to older adults who wish to remain at home is their desire to remain healthy and active.
Oftentimes, the most frustrating and challenging aspects of remaining in one’s home as we grow older is the time commitment necessary to decipher and evaluate the services available, the ability to “shop” for the most cost effective service, and the time to explore the quality of the service provider through consumer information or through “word of mouth” referrals from end users/consumers. Home repairs, transportation, housekeeping, and grocery shopping and meal preparation are some of the services that cause older adults to explore moving into a retirement community before they feel comfortable or ready to do so. Senior service providers are now recognizing that campus living is not for everyone and that perhaps a true senior service provider of the future will have to be “nimble” enough to provide a diverse and varied array of services wherever the older adult calls home.
To date, many continuing care retirement communities across the country have been developed as an entrance fee product; and with the challenges facing our country in terms of economic stability, many older adults and seniors cannot “afford” to surrender their lifetime assets. Therefore, many elders are struggling to survive at home without the needed services at their disposal. In addition, traditional long-term care insurance contains significant qualifiers and no protection from inflationary increases year after year.
Recently, journals have begun to highlight innovative programs across the country that have formed networks between the individual seeking services to remain in their home and senior service providers. Nearly 25 years ago, the first “at home” program launched called Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill is a program set in a neighbor much like the neighborhoods that you and I live. However, the Beacon Hill neighborhood has “aged in place” along with the home owners living in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The aging neighborhood is full of stately homes filled with older adults who desire to “stay put” but recognizing that they can not do so without help. The Beacon Hill Project was developed by a group of neighbors that decided to form their own “association” (actually a not for profit organization) and began to charge membership fees to the neighbors in this two or three block neighborhood. The fees allowed the neighborhood to purchase the services of an individual who acts as a liaison of sorts to the services available in the greater community surrounding the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The liaison then negotiates with vendors and contractors reduced fees and evaluates the quality of the services through a pre screening process. The membership assures quality, a variety of services, and neighborhood discounts to the seniors living in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. In fact, some of the neighbors themselves have begun helping each other and providing service exchange programs. For example, one neighbor will drive a neighbor to the doctor if the other neighbor cooks a meal and goes to the grocery store. It is a wonderful statement about what has been lost in a modern society.
What the concept behind Beacon Hill accomplished is to challenge senior providers like Evangelical Homes of Michigan (“EHM”) to think differently about future options for seniors who wish to remain at home for life.
In 2010, Evangelical Homes of Michigan launched its continuing care at home program and today has 60 members (and another 50 members interested in joining) living across Southeastern Michigan, primarily in Washtenaw, Macomb, and Oakland Counties. LifeChoices®, Inc. allows an individual 50 years of age or older to pay a one-time “membership fee” based on an individual’s age, and a small monthly fee in order to receive services and health and wellness coaching for life with a primary focus on keeping the individual in their home. Better than a traditional long term care insurance plan that begins delivering benefits after a waiting period and only when you are ill; LifeChoices® benefits to a member begin immediately. The home becomes the sacred space, and the advocate and wellness coach begin to immediately address further health decline, safety, fitness, and other key reasons older individuals are forced to move.
After years of operating the program for several years, in April 2015 Governor Engler signed documents to revise the public health code allowing for programs like LifeChoices®, Inc. to exist in Michigan.
LifeChoices®, Inc. is the first of its kind in Michigan to be recognized and registered. For more information, visit www.lifechoicesathome.org.
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EHM is a health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in southeast Michigan. Founded 135 years ago, EHM is one of the largest nonprofits of its kind in metro Detroit and one of the oldest in the state, serving more than 4500 seniors annually. Guided by a board composed of church and community leaders and corporate executives, EHM takes pride in meeting the growing desires and needs of seniors and their families, wherever they call home. For more information on EHM, please call 734-295-9292 or visit their website at www.ehmchoices.org
Evangelical Homes of Michigan Launches New Program LifeChoices™ & Subsidiary LifeChoice Solutions™
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Evangelical Homes of Michigan completes purchase of St. Joseph Mercy Saline facility
Planned "Community Center for Innovation & Education" will House Broad Spectrum of Services & Resources
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 6, 2016 – Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM), a non-profit health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan, is pleased to announce it has officially taken ownership of the former St. Joseph Mercy Saline health building. Transfer of ownership from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to EHM, on the property located at 400 Russell St. in Saline, Mich., was made official June 28, 2016, and EHM has taken immediate ownership. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 100,000-square-foot facility became available when St. Joe's relocated its Urgent Care and outpatient services to Michigan Avenue last July to better serve its patients. Since 2011, EHM has been leasing 22,000-square-feet of the building to operate its Redies Center for Rehabilitation and Healthy Living, a short-term rehabilitation center, and a $5.2 million investment by EHM in a state-of-the-art rehab and wellness facility. The Redies Center employs more than 40 exercise specialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and a full complement of nurses and medical staff.
It is estimated that EHM will spend an additional $500,000 over the next year to renovate the Saline facility. “This space, once fully transformed, will offer the community a state-of-the-art resource for educational classes, community events, primary and specialty health care, rehab and wellness programs, residential care, hospice care and so much more,” said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM. “With this transaction complete, EHM can begin to bring our full vision of the Community Center for Innovation and Education to life.”
“We are pleased this sale represents an opportunity for expanded health services in Saline and the greater Washtenaw County community,” said David Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals, who oversees health services in Saline. “Together with EHM, we share a commitment to those we serve, and offer a complete continuum of care for the local community from urgent care to senior health.”
In January, when announcing its intent to purchase the Saline facility, EHM put out an open call to the local community, soliciting input from Saline-area residents on their vision and ideas for the future Center. The website received 150 responses, followed by three in-person community forums, which yielded input from another 100 residents.
“Overwhelmingly, the community expressed interest in a vibrant space that offers expanded health care services, community health and wellness programs, educational opportunities and room for partnerships with other mission-driven non-profit organizations, like Arbor Hospice,” said Rabidoux. “And that’s precisely what we intend to deliver. We want to ensure that this building…this community resource…appropriately reflects and represents its neighbors and embodies the spirit, heart and vitality of the people it will serve each day.”
About Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan. Founded nearly 140 years ago, EHM is one of the largest nonprofits of its kind in metro Detroit and one of the oldest in the state, serving more than 5,500 seniors annually. Guided by a board composed of church leaders, corporate executives and community members, EHM takes pride in meeting the growing demands of seniors and their families. For more information, visit www.evangelicalhomes.org.
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As a vital, active adult, you should be able to enjoy your home and your community and most importantly your independence. But chances are, you’re concerned about what tomorrow might bring. What if you or your spouse becomes ill or disabled? How would it affect your lifestyle? Your financial future? There are a few organizations across the country that offer a unique program called a Continuing Care at Home Program, or sometimes referred to as a Continuing Care Retirement Community without Walls. These organizations provide a lifetime of services, support and care to you in the comfort of your home. As a member of a program such as this, you will retain the independence you cherish. The program is designed to deliver the broadest range of services and support throughout your lifetime, to help you maintain your independence and remain at home. You will also enjoy the security of knowing that should your health status change, the services you may need should be accessible, affordable and of the highest quality.
A Continuing Care at Home Program is designed to provide a comprehensive array of care and services that balances your independence and security with the goal of keeping you in your own home. Individuals typically join a program such as this when they are healthy and want a plan in place for their future. An important aspect of a program such as this is having a personal advocate or care coordinator. This individual is usually a professional such as a nurse, social worker or personal fitness and wellness coach that works with you specifically to understand your medical history and care preferences. Your care coordinator should advocate for additional care when you are compromised and offer creative solutions for simple or complicated care needs. Additionally they should be able to arrange for any long-term care services you may need, acting as a point of contact for both professional providers and family members.
In conjunction with a care coordinator, typically an array of support services should be available to you such as maintenance services or home repair, housekeeping services, dietary services including meal preparation, emergency response systems, live in assistance and even wellness programs. All with the primary goal being to keep you happy, independent and in your own home. Wellness programming is an important component and should have a comprehensive focus and be integrated into the program. A holistic approach to wellness should provide you with goals and techniques to address physical, emotional, intellectual, vocational, spiritual, and social wellness all to help you to maintain optimal health.
When looking for a Continuing Care at Home Program, consider choosing an organization with a long history of senior service excellence offering a full compliment of services (including assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and home care) as they will be better equipped with the tools and programs necessary to support your needs. Another primary benefit is that the organization should grant you priority access within their network of services, again giving you the care and services you need when you need them.
Sound too good to be true!? The good news is that its not, for a small up front investment and a monthly fee you can receive the services and support you desire while protecting your assets. Should you need any long term care services such as assisted living or skilled nursing you are protected and can access the service without additional cost. Membership fees and monthly fees are tax deductible as a medical expense (consult your CPA for medical expense deduction terms & criteria). A Continuing Care at Home Program is like having all of the resources of a retirement community at your fingertips and brought to you in your home. Usually organizations that offer such a program have eligibility requirements including a minimum age usually 60 with no maximum age, applicants should also live independently and within a service area, and agree to maintain their health insurance and lastly meet medical diagnostic criteria. If one of your goals is to remain independent and living in your own home throughout your years, this may be a program worth considering.
For more information, visit www.lifechoicesathome.org.
The Rev. Roger Meiller, Evangelical Homes of Michigan's director of religious services (third from the right) and Earl Roehm, UCC member and EHM board member (second from the right) with UCC church members and Evangelical Homes of Michigan church ambassadors.
Written by: The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
Many of Denise Rabidoux’s most creative thoughts pop up in the middle of the night. That was how Rabidoux, CEO of Evangelical Homes of Michigan, a CHHSM ministry, got the idea to combine its annual September meeting with the annual October meeting of the Michigan United Church of Christ Conference.
She presented the idea to conference leadership. “I asked, ‘Am I crazy? Do you think this would ever work?’”
They decided it was worth trying, she says, and in October the combined meeting took place in Detroit.
The three-day joint meeting provided another opportunity to strengthen the ties of Saline, Mich.-based Evangelical Homes of Michigan to UCC churches and leadership by sharing its accomplishments and building relationships.
Rabidoux provided opening comments during a fellowship dinner on the first evening. Evangelical Homes of Michigan also conducted the business portion of its meeting in front of conference delegates, she says.
“It was a wonderful celebration and a moving experience to have our combined meeting,” Rabidoux says.
Michael Readinger, CHHSM vice president, agrees.
“Evangelical Homes of Michigan’s visionary approach to combining the annual meeting of their membership with the Michigan Conference membership is a living testament to what could become the model for incorporating the health and human service ministries into the world of the wider church,” says Readinger.
Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a nonprofit that provides health care, senior housing and community services to older adults and their extended families, including respite services for caregivers, plus hospice and memory care.
It already has a strong covenant with the United Church of Christ and the denomination’s Michigan Conference.
“The CHHSM tagline, ‘Advancing the Healing and Service Ministry of Jesus Christ,’ and the United Church of Christ tagline, ‘That they may all be one,’ bring the whole church full circle and exemplify a new way for our shared ministries of faith and service to overlap and sustain each other,” Readinger says.
Throughout the year, an ambassador from a UCC congregation meets monthly with a representative from Evangelical Homes of Michigan to discuss church needs. A representative from the organization also speaks to UCC congregations about its work and covenant.
“We and the churches work together to connect health care services and minister to the wider church in our area,” Rabidoux says. “We do all kinds of health and wellness work.”
This work in 2013 included providing more than 800 influenza vaccines in its partnered churches with the help of church ambassadors, bringing the total number of vaccinations to more than 5,000 over the past six years, she said. The vaccines are free to those who do not have Medicare Part B.
In fiscal year 2010, Evangelical Homes of Michigan provided services to more than 2,000 individuals and their families at campuses in southeast Michigan, including Ann Arbor and Detroit. That year the organization, founded in 1879, also provided more than $2.3 million in unreimbursed care to residents.
The joint annual meeting provided the perfect platform to share and celebrate this work, Rabidoux says.
“I think the biggest takeaway is to continue to strengthen our relationship with the churches and conference as a whole,” Rabidoux says. “Also, to celebrate that Evangelical Homes of Michigan is an extension of the church and to make sure congregations and churches know we are an extension of UCC.”
Read the article on CHHSM's website here.
Wellness…Campus Amenity or Health Solution
By: Denise B. Rabidoux & Stephen H. Hopkins