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         CareWell Promotes Independence Through Assistive Technology Program
By: Carolyn Boyle, CareWell Services SW
  CareWell Services Southwest has collaborated with Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) to raise awareness
on how Assistive Technology can foster independence. The collaborative effort is called the Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP).
 CareWell works with MDRC to provide education about Assistive Technology and how
it can support independence to individuals throughout Southwest Michigan in Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St, Joseph, and Van Buren counties. Educational opportunities include individual device demonstrations, training, and short-term device loans.
group training or presentations. These presentations are often done at events or agencies, such as senior centers or nursing facilities. CareWell offers training in various Assistive Technology topics such as cooking, safety in the home,
calculators, tire pressure gauges, and more for those with low vision. For those who have lost feeling in their hands, there are tools to tell if water is hot or cold to avoid getting burned. There are tools to remind you to take your medication, or devices to assist with putting your socks on.
 During individual device demonstrations, a specialist
from CareWell will meet with an individual who needs assistance to maintain independence and demonstrate any devices that may help. This gives the individual a hands-on opportunity to try the devices to see what may work for his or her needs. Short-term loans are available to help individuals decide if a device is right for them. Most devices are low
cost and low tech, but they can make a world of difference for individuals.
or personal care. Presentations include suggestions for devices that may help in the specific area covered, as well as hands-on experiences with the suggested devices.
CareWell has devices to show for many situations and can
help you find what may help
you if your abilities are shifting. With the Michigan Assistive Technology Program, we are able to let you experience hands-on hope in independence and not hopelessness that is often felt by people as their abilities change. The program is open to people of all ages in our service area.
 CareWell specialists also offer
There are many examples of simple devices that can assist with a variety of needs. There are special clocks for people with hearing loss. There are also talking clocks, watches, books,
CareWell does not sell any devices. We are simply excited to share ideas with individuals who are striving to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Devices demonstrated can be purchased at many major shopping outlets and online.
For more information
on CareWell’s educational opportunities through the Michigan Assistive Technology Program, call (269) 441-0930 or email cboyle@
 Weekly calls for seniors in Calhoun County to provide reassurance, wellness checks, and friendly conversation.
Our volunteers are waiting to talk to you!
Call (269) 966-2450 to sign up
Kinship Korner
Family Enrichment Center Regional Resource 3 Team 415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey,
Foster Care Navigator Email:
 Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
 Well, what a horse of a dif- ferent color this is! I remember my grandmother saying this, usually when my brother and
I had “created” some fantastic surprise just for her. I can hear her now trying to understand where all this is leading. We, as seniors, are grappling with the realities of being caregivers and all that entails while seeming
to be targets for the COVID-19 virus.
You can call the Family Enrichment Center Kinship Coordinator to help with issues that arise. We can help you find the resources you need during this crisis. We are here to lis- ten, to help you deal with the anxieties and fears that are part of daily life now. We will call regularly to check in and make sure everything is okay. You don’t have to do this alone. We are here to help.
We are offering an online quarterly enrichment Saturday program on the 18th at either 9am or 8:30pm – go to fecfam- or our Facebook page to register. There will be several issues related to COVID-19 dis- cussed.
We will be starting an online support group soon. If you are interested in attending or having us check in with you or just to talk. Please call me at (269) 274-4077.
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